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Meszaros ready to relax after 111-game season

Wednesday, 24.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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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.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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