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Nashville Predators recall Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee, reassign Magnus Hellberg


From the Nashville Predators PR department:

“Nashville, Tenn. (November 5, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) from Milwaukee (AHL) and reassigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg (MAG-nuhs HEL-buhrg) to the Admirals.

Mazanec, 22 (7/18/91), is a perfect 5-0-0 in his first five starts in the American Hockey League with Milwaukee, and is one of three AHL netminders with a sub-2.00 goals-against average (1.97) and a save percentage north of .930 (.933). The 6-4, 197-pound native of Pisek, Czech Republic is in his first season in North America after helping HC Plzen win the Czech Extraliga title a season ago, stopping 48-of-51 shots in Game Seven of the Czech League finals, with former NHLer Martin Straka scoring the title-winning goal at the 16:15 mark of double overtime. Nashville’s ninth choice, 179th overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft, Mazanec catches with his right hand – there have only been three right-catching goalies (Minnesota’s Josh Harding, Philadelphia’s Steve Mason and Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller) to appear in the NHL this season.”