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Getting to Know: Dominik Uher

by James Santelli / Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Center


Size: 6-foot-1, 199 pounds
Birth Date: Dec. 31, 1992
How the Pens Acquired Him: Drafted in 5th round (144th overall) of 2011 NHL Draft
Team Status: Signed to an entry-level contract through the 2014-15 season.

Claim to Fame: The Czech Republic native recorded three points for the Czechs at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships. He was not eligible for the 2013 World Juniors because he turned 20 years old on New Year’s Eve 2012.

2012-13 Season: Uher made the jump to professional hockey at age 19, joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He played 54 games at WBS and three games for Wheeling, scoring four goals over the full season.

Numbers Never Lie: In his final Western Hockey League season, Uher led the Spokane Chiefs by scoring 33 goals and adding 35 assists. He also totaled five goals for the Chiefs in the WHL playoffs, second most on the team.

Pens’ Take: “What he brought to us was energy. He's a real driving player. He hunts pucks down hard. He brings energy. He's going to become a very good penalty killer. He's very tough to play against." – John Hynes

Uher on the biggest adjustment to pro hockey: “The only problem was that my mom didn’t teach me how to use a washing machine. I think that was the hardest thing. I started to bring my clothes to the rink for one of the equipment managers to wash for me. But it was too expensive, so I had to learn to do that. It’s pretty easy now.”

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