Two-year contracts for the German Brooks Macek at Avtomobilist and the Czech David Sklenicka at Jokerit

Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 Men’s Play-offs Semifinals Canada vs Germany: #12 Brooks Macek, #51 Timo Pielmeier. Gangneung Hockey Centre ©Andreas Robanser

The contract from Brooks Macek, 27-year-old German forward, will be extended by Avtomobilist for another two years. Macek, born in Winnipeg, started his hockey career in the youth league at „Notre Dame Hounds“. 2008-09 succeeds in switching to Tri-City Americans in the USA in the WHL. After two and a half years, he joins the Calgary Hitmen within the league. For the 2013-14 season, Macek moved to the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) and played for the Iserlohn Roosters for three years and also reached the play-offs during this time. The financially strong EHC Munich then became aware of the forward and Macek moved to the Bavarian capital for two years. He also reached the play-offs with Munich in the two years.

In 2018-19 he received the reputation of the NHL organization of the Detroit Red Wings and Macek played for its AHL team, the Chicago Wolves. Despite the 60 points (24 + 36), the reputation of avotomobile operator Yekaterinenburg lured him to the KHL. Until the break by COVID-19, Macek earned 46 points (24 + 22). For the club managers and head coach Bob Hartley enough to extend the contract for the 27-year-old German by two more years. For Germany, Brooks Macek was in an Olympic qualifying tournament and participation and two world championships in the squad.

IIHF World Championship 2018 – Royal Arena, Copenhagen: Czech Republic vs Austria – #9 David Sklenicka, #23 Fabio Hofer, © Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

As with Brooks Macek at Avtomobilist, the contract from 23-year-old Czech David Sklenicka was extended by the Finnish KHL team, Jokerit, for another two years. Defender, born in Rakovnik in the Czech Republic, started his career at the „Jagr Club“ HC Kladno. His long, rocky road through various Czech teams finally led him to HC Plzen in 2015. At Martin Straka’s club, Sklenicka was able to excel. In the three years at Plzen, he reached the play-offs. Then the scouts of the Montreal Canadiens on the Defeneder were alert and brought him to the AHL team of the Laval Rockets for the 2018-19 season.

However, he fell short of expectations and after only one and a half seasons Sklenicka got an offer to the KHL at Jokerit Helsinki. He reached the play-offs with the Finns, but the league was broken off by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Jokerit GM Jari Kurri, however, this was no reason to extend the contract with the young Czech international for two more years. Sklenicka contested a junior world championship for the Czech national team and was in the squad for the senior nation at two world championships – most recently in Slovakia in 2019.

there were also two further contract extensions:

IIHF U18 World Championship 2017 – ZS Poprad, Slovakia: Canada – Slovakia – #23 Adam Liska, #9 Isaac Ratcliffe; © Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Severstal Cherepovets agreed with the young Slovak Adam Liska on another 1-year contract. For the 20-year-old Forward born in Bratislava, a confirmation of your most recent performance. With this contract, Liska would like to continue recommending itself to the Slovak national team. After all, he stood for four junior world championships in the squad. At the „home“ World Championship 2019 in Slovakia, he also received this honor.

The longest contract extension this week was for the Russian Alexei Krasikov from Sibir Novosibirsk. The 24-year-old Goaltender has been with Sibir for five years and due to his years of constant performance, his contract was extended for another three years until 2022-23. In the canceled „COVID-19“ season, he reached two „shut-outs“.