After a big career move that saw him traded from the Washington Capitals to the New Jersey Devils, goaltender Vitek Vanecek had another life-changing moment on Saturday as he got married to his longtime girlfriend, Kristyna Fejtová. Slovak Capitals blueliner and former teammate Martin Fehervary was in attendance to celebrate with the Czech netminder.
Another former Washington and Hershey Bears teammate of Vanecek’s, Kraken forward Daniel Sprong, also took to social media to celebrate Vanecek tying the knot.
Sprong and Vanecek have been close friends for years following Sprong’s trade from Anaheim to D.C. When the Capitals assigned Sprong to the Bears, he and Vanecek formed a close bond that they carried over to the NHL level.
“I was kind of familiar with [Vitek] the most, then coming here and the team has been together so long and the core group, we kind of stuck together at first. We still do,” Sprong said of No. 41.
“We always drive to the airport together when we go on the road. And we grab a Starbucks and we play rock, paper, scissors who pays every time, and [Vitek] doesn’t like losing,” Sprong added with a laugh. “Always a great day when he has to pay, especially when they spell his name wrong on the coffee.”
Vanecek was a restricted free agent and will now form a 1A/1B tandem with Mackenzie Blackwood with the Devils. The 26-year-old, who went to Washington in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft, finished his tenure in the District with 79 games under his belt. He went 41-22-10 with a .908 save percentage and 2.68 GAA over two NHL seasons. Vanecek was an AHL All-Star and impressed during his time in Hershey, too.