Forwards Bracken Kearns and Marek Viedensky were each re-signed to one year contracts this week.
Son of Dennis Kearns, Bracken was never drafted. He never even played junior-hockey, and made his debut in College where he walked on to a team and ended up scoring over 80 points in four seasons.
Kearns is quoted on NHL.com about his experience:
“I feel like I’ve gotten better every year,” Kearns said. “That was the big thing. And I’ve been given new opportunities. New teams have taken chances on me. July 1 rolls around and you’re never sure if you’re going to be able to stay and play. I’ve been pretty lucky around that time. I’ve gotten calls from teams, and they’re pretty easy decisions. Europe’s not really an option for me. It doesn’t really appeal to me right now. My dream is to play in the NHL, and that’s where I’d like to be.”
His dream was to stay in the states and play for the NHL and that is exactly what he has achieved! He has been playing in the NHL since Oct 2011. In 2013, Kearns made one regular season appearance with the Sharks and played in seven playoff games. Despite never scoring any points in the NHL, he is here for another season to try and make his mark.
Marek Viedensky has played for both the Worcester Sharks and the San Francisco Bulls, affiliates of the San Jose Sharks. In the 2012-13 season, he registered six points in Worcester, and 19 points in San Francisco. Viedensky played his AHL rookie season in 2011-12 where he played 52 games and registered 11 points.
Viedensky was originally a seventh-round pick by the Sharks in the 2009 NHL Draft. In addition, he has played in the World Junior Championship in 2010 and 2009 as well as the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2008. At only 22 years old, Viedensky is ready to make an impact with the San Jose Sharks.