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Rebels import Michael Spacek signs entry-level contract with NHL’s Jets

Rob Wallator

 

The Winnipeg Jets have signed Red Deer Rebels forward Michael Spacek to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The team announced the signing Thursday morning.

Spacek, a 20-year-old product of Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic, was selected by the Jets in the fourth round (108th) of the 2015 NHL Draft before being taken by the Rebels in the first round (47th) of the 2015 CHL Import Draft.

From there, the 5-foot-11, 187-pound pivot played in 120 WHL regular season games over the course of two campaigns in Red Deer. During the 2015-16 season – his rookie year – Spacek tallied 54 points (18G-36A) in 61 games and followed up with another 85 points (30G-55A) in 59 contests during the 2016-17 season.

The Czech playmaker suited up in three consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, registering a total of nine points (3G-6A) in 15 contests.

After the Rebels were eliminated by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in seven games during the first round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs, Spacek joined the Jets’ AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose, where he skated in four outings, collecting one assist.

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