MACEK GERMANY BOUND
Brook Macek is embracing his German roots for the next step in his hockey journey.
After finishing a five-year WHL career, the 21-year-old recently signed a two-year deal with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (The top professional league in Germany).
“My agent was talking to some teams over in Germany because I had the potential to get the dual citizenship,” Macek recently told HitmenHockey.com. “There were a couple of different teams with a couple of different offers. The two-year deal with Iserlohn was the best fit.”
Macek set career-highs with the Hitmen last season, potting 80 points for second on the team.
Being of German decent, Macek is eligible for the dual-citizenship and does not take up an import spot on the Roosters roster.
Based in west Germany, Iserlohn is looking to rebound from a dismall 2013 season, finishing second-last in the 14 team league.
“They struggled a bit last year so they are looking for some new guys to come in,” Macek said.
He doesn’t know anyone playing on the team, but the roster features a few former NHLers including ex-Edmonton Oiler Mike York, ex-San Jose Shark Mark Bell and former Pittsburgh Penguin netminder Sebastien Caron.
“When my agent was talking to them, they seemed pretty excited about the year that I had. They seemed confident that if I came over there and trained hard over the summer, I could have a good year.”
And as another plus for Macek, he’s not that far away from family. He said he’s got aunts and uncles living about 90 minutes away from Iserlohn.
Next on the To-Do list for Macek is learn the language – he’s a blank slate.
“My dad bought me a language program to help me learn German online so I’m going to try to learn as much German as I can before I head over.”
That trip over should come in early August.