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March 27, 2014

Sports in Brief: 03/27/2014

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Hounds goalie David Krejcik won two awards when he was named the Midwest Junior Hockey League Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Krejcik posted a 20-4-2 record during the 2013-14 season with a league-best 1.93 goals-against average and four shutouts. His .933 save percentage was good for second in the league and his 20 wins also led the league.

The 19-year-old native of Zdar Nad Sazavo, Czech Republic, was the MWJHL Goaltender of the Month for October, November and December, as well as Goaltender of the Week on four occasions (Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10).

Krejcik recorded two four-game winning streaks and four three-game winning streaks over the course of the season for the Hounds, who finished in first place with a 32-7-1-2 overall record during the regular season.

Joining Krejcik on the league’s All-Rookie team was teammate Jacob Gillis and Adam Jonak, who suited up for both the Hounds and the Berkley Bruins this year. Bloomington Jr. Blaze forward Micah Young, Blaze defenseman John Urmetz and Alpena Street Cats defenseman Savelii Skurikhin also were named to the squad.

NFL

LIONS: After four seasons in Detroit, backup quarterback Shaun Hill is leaving the Lions.

Hill agreed to a contract with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ESPN reports the deal is for one year.

The decision makes sense for Hill. The 34-year-old lives in Missouri in the offseason, and if Rams quarterback Sam Bradford experiences any setbacks during his recovery from a torn ACL suffered last season, Hill would have a chance to start.

The Lions wanted to retain Hill, and after he initially met with the Rams last Monday, president Tom Lewand said the Lions were still working to bring him back.

Losing Hill will send the Lions scrambling for a No. 2 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. General manager Martin Mayhew said last month he hasn’t seen enough of Kellen Moore, who’s spent the past two years as the No. 3 quarterback, to trust him as the primary backup. If the Lions can’t find a veteran backup, they’ll turn to the draft.

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