Sekac Assures Home in North America



Newly acquired Jiri Sekac during the off season reassures fans of the Montreal Canadiens that whether he makes the team out of training camp or plays the year in Hamilton, he is here to stay. Sekac, who is a native of Kladno, Czech Republic has been training in the off season at home with the likes of Canadiens teammate Tomas Plekanec and Czech-star Jarmoir Jagr, who are from the same town.

In an interview with RDS during the evening of August 11th, Sekac had many words to say to the French sports specialty station including:

“If I am demoted to the AHL Hamilton, I will not give up and return to Europe. I will not give up so quickly to the NHL” – Jiri Sekac

“I hope so” – Jiri Sekac when asked if we can expect a Czech-duo with Plekanec now that Brian Gionta has departed

Sekac clearly states that he plans to continue developing into the hockey player Canadiens fans would like him to be, here in North America rather than fleeing to Europe upon failure to make it out of training camp the first time.

The 22-year old left winger Jiri Sekac has spent the last three seasons of his young career in the KHL in Russia after going undrafted in two consecutive National Hockey League drafts. Sekac has 39 points in 109 games played with his squad. Despite being overlooked in two drafts, when word surfaced that he was looking to come play in North America, a dozen teams reportedly placed offers for him hoping to land the Czech-born player on free agent frenzy. Sekac stands at 6’0″ and weighs in at 174lbs. As the young star is only 22, he has much room to grow physically and athletically. Despite limited playing time in the 2012 World Junior Championships, Sekac had an impressive showing tied for second on the Czech Republic in assists with three.

As Marc Dumont of Habs Eyes on the Prize phrased it, these are certainly refreshing comments coming from Sekac as the Canadiens organization has had several players refuse to play in North America until earned a spot on the main club, deeming Hamilton is less competitive hockey.

Sekac is currently on a two-year, two-way entry level contract with the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Sekac will earn an AAV of $1,350,000 per year with a $925,000 cap hit to the team.

Photo: CapGeek

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