After an offseason, where the Polish Hockey League(PHL) took a lot of heat as being a part of the problem for Poland’s lack of development and failure. It was a bit of a shock to see not a single member of the national team leave the PHL. Now it appears two Polish players are considering leaving; Dawid Maciejewski and Filip Stopiński.
Update: Stopinski has signed in Germany with EV Lindau of the Oberliga.
Maciejewski is a defensemen, who has never been afraid to play outside of Poland. He played two seasons in Norway’s second league with NES IK and played some games in Sweden’s Division 2 and 3 during his junior years. The 27-year-old presented Poland a lot during his junior years playing in 3 straight U18 World Championships then in 3 straight U20 World Championships. He has yet to make his senior national team debut. His season last year was split between MH Automatyka Gdansk and Unia Oswiecim in the PHL, where he had 11 points in 35 games, along with 3 assists in 6 playoff games. Maciejewski is considering an offer from a team in the Alps Hockey league. The Alps Hockey League is made up of teams from mainly Italy and Austria with two teams from Slovenia.
Filip Stopinski is a forward with a lot of promise. At 23 years old, he was having a breakout season with Orlik Opole recording 17 points in 20 games till he got sick and missed the rest of the season. During the 2016-17 season, he made his senior national team debut playing one game in a Euro Ice Hockey Challenge. The two way forward has also represented Poland twice at the U18 World Championships and the U20 World Championships. Stopinski is currently in a dispute with Opole over wages not paid to him during his sickness. He is considering an offer in Germany. Stopinski, who has German citizenship, played in Germany during the 2013-14 season with Fuschse Duisburg.