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- 6th July 2012, 06:50 PM #1
Stars sign first-rounder Faksa to entry-level deal
The Dallas Stars have signed center Radek Faksa, the club's 2012 first-round draft pick to a standard three-year entry-level contract.
Faksa was selected by Dallas with the 13th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22 in Pittsburgh. The 18-year-old native of Vitkov, Czech Republic, is currently participating in the Stars' annual Summer Development Camp, which runs through July 12 at the club's Frisco practice facility.
Faksa spent the 2011-12 season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, leading all OHL rookies in goals (29), assists (37), points (66), game-winning goals (6) and plus/minus (+19). The 6-foot-3, 202-pound center represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Championship, recording two goals in six games to help the Czech Republic finish in fifth place. He also played for the Czech Republic at the 2011 Under-18 World Championships and the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Ranked as the No. 7 North American skater by Central Scouting leading up to the 2012 NHL Draft, Faksa lived in a hotel for five years while playing for Trinec, which is roughly 50 miles southeast of his hometown. His mother is a former figure skater, and taught him to skate at the age of three. His older brother, Martin, was a defenseman, and his uncle, Stanislav Pavelec, played in Czech pro leagues for seven years.
Source : NHL.com
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