Forward Jiri Sekac made his NHL debut on Wednesday night when he took the ice for the Montreal Canadiens to open the 2014-15 NHL season.
Sekac logged 12:13 of ice time in his first NHL contest as the Canadiens earned a 4-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 22-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Canadiens this past summer after playing the three previous seasons professionally in his native Czech Republic in the KHL.
Sekac led the Youngstown Phantoms in scoring during the 2010-11 season with 45 points (18g, 27a) in 58 games. Four of his goals were game-winners. He first broke into the USHL during the 2009-10 with the Phantoms and totaled 11 points (2g, 9a) in 38 games.
He is the third former Phantoms player to appear in the NHL, joining defenseman Andrej Sustr (2009-10) of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Scott Mayfield ( 2009-11) of the New York Islanders.
Two other USHL alumni were in the lineup for the Montreal Canadiens when Sekac made his NHL debut on Wednesday night – Max Pacioretty (Sioux City Musketeers, 2006-07) and Tom Gilbert (Chicago Steel, 2001-02).
USHL stats – Jiri Sekac
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (/ushlhockey), twitter (@USHL), and YouTube (/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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