Macek, Holland Hear Names Called at NHL DraftPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, WA – The Tri-City Americans are proud to announce that 18-year-old forwards Brooks Macek and Patrick Holland were selected in Day 2 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, held today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Macek and Holland represent the 54th and 55th NHL Draft picks in the franchise's history and are the first Tri-City players selected since Chet Pickard and Eric Mestery were drafted in 2008.
In the 6th Round, the Americans saw Macek go to the Detroit Red Wings with the 171st overall pick. After a solid freshman season, Macek exploded for 21 goals and 73 points in 72 games for Tri-City this season, finishing tied for second on the roster in scoring. Macek then followed that up with six goals, 17 points and a plus-10 rating through 21 post-season games. Detroit made Macek just the second Americans player ever taken by the storied franchise, joining former Americans' captain Craig Stahl (8th, 215th) in 1996.
Then, in the 7th Round, Patrick Holland was selected by the Calgary Flames with the 193rd overall pick. Holland, who was a playing in his first WHL season, had a strong second half of the season, picking up 26 of his 36 points after the Winter Break. The Americans' Rookie of the Year continued his strong play into the post-season, notching another three goals and 10 points in 22 games. With Holland, Calgary also selected just their second Tri-City player, who also took former captain Matt Schneider (7th, 200th) in the 2004 Draft.
"Both of these kids have done a tremendous job of working towards their goals while admirably representing their team and their community," commented Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory. "Although the Draft focuses on individuals, this is a tribute to the entire organization."
Tri-City Americans season ticket plans are now available for the 2010-11 season. Season ticket plans can be purchased by using several, convenient monthly payment schedules after a one-time service charge. Call 509.736.0606, visit AmsHockey.com or drop by the Americans offices' at the bottom level of the Toyota Center for more information.