By Carter Brooks
Photo by Lauren Macek
Just days after being eliminated in their chase for the Stanley Cup, Kelly McCrimmon, George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights have already begun retooling their squad for the coming hockey season. And what better way to do that than by signing some quality Manitoba talent?
On Tuesday it was announced that Vegas had signed Winnipeg native Brooks Macek to a one-year, $650,000 deal. The 1992-born forward was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
After spending five seasons in the Western Hockey League with Tri-City and Calgary, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward travelled out to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany. He played three seasons with the Iserlohn Roosters before moving to Munich for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hockey seasons.
In 50 games for Munich EHC last season, Macek collected 26 goals and 44 points. He put up a total of 94 goals and 173 points over five seasons of play overseas.
Macek registered 14 goals and 35 points over 31 playoff games the past two seasons. The 26-year-old also scored two goals and four points in seven games for the silver medal-winning Germans in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
In joining Ryan Reaves, Cody Eakin, Cody Glass, Keegan Kolesar and Zach Whitecloud in Vegas, Macek is now the sixth Manitoba-born player in the Golden Knights' system.