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Spencer Machacek
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Born October 14, 1988 (1988-10-14) (age 21),

Lethbridge, AB, CAN

Height

Weight

6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)

Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)

Cur. team

Atlanta Thrashers

Chicago Wolves (AHL)

NHL Draft 67th overall, 2007

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 2008–present

Spencer Machacek (born October 14, 1988 in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League and is a prospect for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Playing careerEdit

Machacek began his major junior career in 2005–06 with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He recorded 45 points in each of his first two seasons, playing an integral part in the Giants' 2006 President's Cup and 2007 Memorial Cup championships.

Ranked 54th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Service at the mid-season mark of his draft year,[1] Machacek was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 3rd round, 67th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Machacek returned to the WHL and was named team captain of the Giants (replacing the departed Brett Festerling) at the start of the 2007–08 season.[2] Former teammate Milan Lucic had originally been chosen as Fersterling's successor, but made the Boston Bruins roster out of training camp.[3] As team captain, he recorded career highs with 33 goals and 78 points in 70 games and was named Player of the Month for February after going on a 27-point tear in 14 games.[4]

At the end of the first round of the 2008 WHL playoffs, he signed his first NHL contract with the Thrashers on March 28, 2008.[5] Reporting to the Thrashers' training camp for the 2008–09 season, he was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) on September 27.[6] Late in the season, he was called up by the Thrashers and made his NHL debut on March 16, 2009, in a 5–1 win against the Washington Capitals recording 7 minutes and 21 seconds of playing time.[7] Machacek played two games total for the Thrashers in his professional rookie season while recording 48 points in 77 games in the AHL.

AwardsEdit

  • WHL Player of the Week - November 5–11, 2007[8]
  • WHL Player of the Month - February 2008[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Brooks Bandits AJHL 59 16 20 36 41
2005–06 Vancouver Giants WHL 70 23 22 45 53 18 6 8 14 8
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 63 21 24 45 32 22 9 11 20 14
2007–08 Vancouver Giants WHL 70 33 45 78 69 10 5 2 7 6
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 77 23 25 48 23
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 79 20 29 49 68 13 7 4 11 8
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

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