67’s alumni: FISU Games gold, Mrázek’s hot week, & more
With leagues now back into the full swing of things, and playoff races in full force, Ottawa 67’s alumni around the world are making an impact on their squad. Whether in international tournaments or domestic competitions, goals poured in, and doors slammed shut. If you missed the week that was, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know.
Keating, Maksimovich take gold at FISU Games
It has been a banner couple of years for the 67’s at international competitions, with many current and former players and staff going on to win medals for their home countries. With a win over the host Americans at the FISU Winter Games on Sunday, Kyle Maksimovich and Austen Keating added their names to the list, winning their first and second gold across all competitions respectively.
Keating, in particular, had a critical impact on the Canadians all tournament long, scoring four goals in seven games, including the opening goal of the gold medal game, just over six minutes in. He added four more assists, finishing the tournament with eight points.
Petr Mrázek shuts the door
The 2022-23 season hasn’t always been kind to Chicago Blackhawks netminder, Petr Mrázek, but in the past week, he harkened back to his days in junior, slamming the door shut, and earning a pair of wins. In games against the Buffalo Sabres, Philidelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings, Mrázek stopped a combined 92 of the 98 shots he faced, and allowed just one goal on 38 shots in Chicago’s 4-1 win over Philly.
Split by a tough outing against the Seattle Kraken, Mrázek turned in another solid performance on January 12th, helping the Blackhawks pull off the upset over the defending Stanley Cup champion, Colorado Avalanche. Stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced in that contest, Mrazek may be starting to find the form that made him a fifth-round pick in 2010.
In three seasons with the 67’s, Mrázek played in 132 games, wrapping up his junior career with a .916 save percentage, and 10 shutouts. He backstopped the 67’s to the Eastern Conference Final in 2012, owning .926 SV% in 17 playoff games.
Can anyone stop Remy Giftopoulos?
Multi-point games aren’t uncommon in today’s day, but when you are banging in goals and putting up the points as Remy Giftopoulos is, it’s bound to turn some heads. With Wipptal Broncos of the AlpsHL, Giftopoulos has been on fire since the turn of the new year, scoring a staggering 16 points, all coming in just four games.
Giftopoulos’ most impressive outing came against HC Gherdëina on January 15th, where he scored four goals, and assisted on a further three, totalling seven points on the day. In January, the Ancaster native is yet to have a game where he finishes with fewer than three points, and has combined to be a plus-13 during that same span. For the season, Giftopoulos is second in the league’s scoring race, only two points behind Santeri Haarala, having played two fewer games.
In 140 games with the Barber Poles across four seasons, Giftopoulos scored 27 goals, and 25 assists before moving to the Windsor Spitfires. He ended his OHL career as a veteran of five seasons, scoring 121 points, including 61 goals. In the 2011-12 season, he helped the 67’s to the Eastern Conference Final, where they eventually fell to the Niagara IceDogs.
Adam Sedlák scores in Chance Liga return
It has been quite the ride for Adam Sedlák in the past couple of weeks, all beginning with a loan from his current club, HC RT Torax Poruba, to HC Vítkovice Ridera in Czechia’s top division. The loan lasted just one game, but Sedlák had the chance to suit up against some former NHL stars, including Tomas Plekanec, and Jaromir Jagr, who continues to play for the club he owns, Rytíři Kladno.
It was the Ostrava native’s first time in the top division of Czech hockey since 2016-17, which also came with Víkovice. In his first game back in Poruba, Sedlák found his way once again, scoring his third goal of the season. He opened the scoring just over 10 minutes into the contest against HC Dukla Jihlava, scoring on the power play.
Sedlák’s lone season with the Barber Poles came in 2010-11, after he was acquired from the Peterborough Petes. The six-foot-two defenceman scored two goals, adding 10 assists in 59 games in Ottawa, before joining Vítkovice’s program in 2011-12, playing at three different levels of competition, including the Czech top division for 14 games.