Rangers draftee Jan Marek became the first player in the organization to play a 2006-07 regular-season league game on Thursday, when he skated in Magnitogorsk's Russian Superleague season-opener against visiting Cherepovets. Here is a summary of his performance:
Russian SuperleagueMarek's Scoring to Date:
1 game, 2 goals, 0 assistsSept. 7:
Magnitogorsk 5, Cherepovets 2 (at Magnitogorsk)
In his first game with his new Russian teammates, the 26-year-old Marek erupted for two third-period goals, including the game-winner, as Magnitogorsk broke away for a 5-2 win over Cherepovets. With the game tied 2-2 and only one second left on a power-play, Marek, a Czech native who played in Prague last season, found the net for his first Superleague goal at 7:38 of the third period. Less than five minutes later, Marek scored again for a 4-2 lead.
The Rangers have retained Marek's NHL rights ever since they selected him in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the first three seasons after his draft year with Sparta Praha and is playing outside of the Czech Republic for the first time this season.