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Mario Bliznak, drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round (205th overall) in 2005 and just recently helping the Vancouver Giants win the Memorial Cup last weekend (yes, a B.C. team can win it all in hockey if properly prodded), has inked his first professional contract this afternoon. Yes with the Canucks.

Sure, go ahead, get excited. With a last name like that, I eagerly await the goals going in by the bucketful.

"In 2006-07, the 6’0", 200 lbs. native of Trencin, Slovakia appeared in 47 regular season games with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, recording 22 points (8-14-22) and 20 penalty minutes. In the WHL playoffs, Bliznak played in all 22 games with the Giants, notching 12 points (6-6-12) and 14 penalty minutes, helping lead his team to the WHL Finals for the second consecutive season." -- press release.