Monday, June 05, 2006

Birner signs contract with St. Louis Blues

Saginaw Spirit forward Michal Birner has signed an NHL contract with the St. Louis Blues.

The 20-year-old native of Litomerice, Czech Republic, joined the Spirit in December 2004 from the Barrie Colts.

“We’re very happy for Michal,” said Spirit head coach and GM Bob Mancini. “I want to wish him well and than him for all he did for the Saginaw Spirit.”

Birner was a 2004 draft pick of the Blues. He had 31 goals and 54 assists in 60 games with the Spirit and represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship in January.

The 6-foot, 183-pound Birner was originally drafted by the Blues as their fourth-round selection, 116th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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