Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Vacek Gets The Call

 

Vacek Called Up To USHL

The Oklahoma City Blazers announced today that defneceman Lubos Vacek has been loaned to the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League. The 6’2” 200 pounder from the Czech Republic will head to Waterloo tomorrow and skate with the team Wednesday. Vacek is second on the Blazers roster with 21 assists despite playing only 13 games.

“We are extremely excited for Louie. Waterloo called us a few weeks ago about him and wanted to have a look at him then but he was injured. A scout that works for an NHL team had seen Lubos and notified the Blackhawks that he was worth taking a look at. That says alot about Lubos as a player right there,” said head coach Tyler Fleck.

Vacek becomes the third Blazer to get called up but the first to the USHL. The United States Hockey League is the number 1 junior league in the USA for sending players to NCAA Div 1 schools and the National Hockey League.

“The players in the USHL are watched by D1 schools and NHL scouts on a nightly basis. It’s the U.S. version of major junior. With the World Junior Championship that is going on right now, everyone can see how talented these kids are, Vacek will be playing against them. It’s a good measuring stick for him.”

With Vacek’s departure the Blazers will be left with a big hole on the back end but Fleck feels he has the right guys to pick up the slack.

“Obviously anytime you lose a player of Lou’s caliber it will leave a gap. Guys will have to step up. (Dylan) Lamontagne has played very well as of late and will eat alot of those minutes up. Alex Smith and Jared Guffey are guys we will lean on to take charge as well on the back end. The dmen we have are very very capable.”

The Blazers are back in action this weekend at the Blazers Ice Center when they take on the Tulsa Jr Oilers at 5PM. For ticket information call 405-888-0195.