Slovakian forward Marek Hrivik has had quite the whirlwind year, and on Wednesday it reached a climax when he agreed to terms with the Rangers on his first professional contract.
An undrafted forward from Slovakia, Hrivik put together another strong season for Moncton in The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League---scoring 29 goals and registering 70 points in 54 games during the 2011-12 campaign---before signing an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Connecticut Whale on March 30th. Twelve days later he recorded his first point as a pro, and shortly thereafter he was starring for the Whale during the playoffs---a run of success which helped him earn the contract he agreed to on Wednesday with the Rangers.
Hrivik, 20, appeared in nine playoff games for the Whale and led the team with five goals, while tying for the team lead with nine points. He had a six-game point-scoring streak during the post-season, covering a pair of series against Bridgeport and Norfolk.
"He is a versatile guy who came to Connecticut at the end of the year and earned a contract," noted Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton. "He has a good skill level, and a really good head for the game."
In 179 career QMJHL games Hrivik recorded 93 goals and 204 points during the regular season. In 29 post-season matches he tallied 26 points, including one assist during the 2010 Memorial Cup. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Hrivik also skated in both the 2009 and 2011 World Junior Championships for Slovakia, ranking second for his country with two goals during the '11 tournament.
Hrivik was invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp in 2010 and the Phoenix Coyotes camp in 2011, but did not sign contracts with either club.
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