Thursday, January 20, 2011

Slovakian Kraus added to Lumberjacks

The Muskegon Lumberjacks have added Slovakian forward Christian Kraus to the United States Hockey League team’s active roster leading up to the team’s two-game weekend on the road.

This season, Kraus skated 22 games with Bili Tygri Liberec of NOEN Extraliga U-20, the premier junior league in the Czech Republic. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward had three goals and 10 penalty minutes. Last season, he racked up 37 points (25 goals, 12 assists) in 30 games with HK Ruzinov’s junior squad.

Kraus participated in the Jacks’ tryout camp and Lumberjacks head coach Kevin Patrick was very sold on his performance, stating that if the Jacks had an import spot available, Kraus probably would have made the team.

“Christian handles the puck well and makes plays in tight areas,” Patrick said. “He’s also a big body that moves well and he can shoot it. He should be able to bolster our offense.”

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