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Meszaros ready to relax after 111-game season

Wednesday, 05.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Meszaros ready to relax after 111-game season
Ottawa Senators rookie defenceman Andrej Meszaros played in 111 games this season. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

A questionnaire distributed to NHL players competing in the Winter Olympic Games asked: If you could be any cartoon character or superhero, who would it be and why? Ottawa Senators rookie defenceman Andrej Meszaros had a fitting response.

"Spiderman, because he can be anywhere."

It would be difficult to find anyone who played more hockey games across a greater span of the globe than Meszaros did during the 2005-06 season. Including the Senators rookie camp, exhibition games, the NHL regular season and playoffs, as well as the Winter Olympic Games and the IIHF world championship, Meszaros participated in 111 contests last season.

"I never played over 100 games. I never played in the NHL before. I never played in the Olympics before," Meszaros says. "I'm glad I played all those games. I was able to learn from my mistakes and learn the importance of practice and working out."

Meszaros will finally have the opportunity to relax when he leaves for a week-long vacation in the Caribbean this weekend. During the trip, as well as throughout the rest of the summer, he plans to play a lot of tennis - one of his favourite pastimes.

After his vacation, Meszaros will return to Ottawa for one day before heading home to Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia, where he plans to spend the majority of the off-season.
 
"I haven't been home for a whole year so I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends," the 20-year-old says.

For a week beginning on June 28, Meszaros will participate in the Senators development camp organized by strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. There's also a chance the avid soccer fan will attend the World Cup in Germany in June. At the very least, Meszaros will be watching some of the games on television.

"I'll see. If I get a ticket I may go. Who knows? I like England and Brazil."
 
When August rolls around, Meszaros returns to Ottawa for the beginning of his second NHL campaign.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44