VEGAS (June 30, 2020) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, June 30, that the team has signed goaltender Jiri Patera to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Patera appeared in 41 games during the 2019-20 season with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings. The Praha, Czech Republic native finished as a runner-up for the league's Goaltender of the Year after posting a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage during his second season with the Wheat Kings. Patera was selected by the Golden Knights in the sixth round (161 overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Jiri Patera, Goaltender
Birthplace: Praha, Czech Republic
Weight: 205 lbs.
Draft: Selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the sixth round (161th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
- Appeared in 41 games while posting a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage in 2019-20 with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings
- His 2.55 GAA recorded during 2019-20 campaign was a franchise record for the Wheat Kings
- Recognized as the 2019-20 WHL Eastern Conference Goaltender of the Year
- Posted a .906 save percentage and a 3.31 GAA in 48 games during the 2018-19 campaign, his first season in the WHL
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