The Silvertips’ Michal Gut (right) fights the Americans’ Sasha Mutala for the puck during a game on Sept. 20, 2019, in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Silvertips’ Michal Gut (right) fights the Americans’ Sasha Mutala for the puck during a game on Sept. 20, 2019, in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Import forward Gut to return to Silvertips for 21-22 season

The 2002-born center was not with the team last season due to virus-related travel restrictions.

EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips announced Friday afternoon that import forward Michal Gut will return to the team for the 2021-22 WHL season.

Gut, a 2002-born center and Kadan, Czech Republic native, played last season with HC Banik Sokolov of the 2nd Czech Republic Hockey League after travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic prohibited his return to Everett.

“Confirming Michal’s return is a substantial boost for our lineup,” Silvertips general manager and head coach Dennis Williams said in a press release. “He is a great teammate with high character, and is highly-admired in our dressing room. We look forward to his puck skills, face-off abilities, and passion playing a terrific fit among our team, just like two seasons ago when he first arrived.”

Gut was the Silvertips’ rookie of the year in 2019-20 after finishing the year with 13 goals and 23 assists in 51 games.

Gut and forward Niko Huuhtanen of Finland, selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning last week in the NHL draft, will fill the Silvertips two allotted import slots for the upcoming season.

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