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Sivek headed home to be with ill mother

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001

Michal Sivek, one of three players the Penguins acquired from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Jaromir Jagr last summer, has returned home to the Czech Republic.

Sivek had been playing for the Penguins' American Hockey League farm team in Wilkes-Barre but will transfer to a team in the Czech Elite League so that he can be with his mother, who has cancer.

Wilkes-Barre's management supported the move.

“We want him to be with her,” said Wilkes-Barre coach Glenn Patrick.

Sivek's agent apparently phoned Penguins general manager Craig Patrick – also Wilkes-Barre's GM - to ask if he could find a Czech team for Sivek.

No deal had been finalized as of Wednesday, when Sivek headed home to Nachod, Czech Republic. He could spend the rest of the season there. He had four goals and eight assists in 25 games with Wilkes-Barre.

Sivek, 20, was Washington's second-round draft pick in 1999.

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