Patryk Wronka has signed with the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) according to hokej.net. Wronka said on the signing “Moving to the Elite Ice Hockey League is definitely a step forward. I got a nice offer and I want to use it.” Wronka also confirmed that he did have other offers and that he chose Belfast because of how hard General Manager and coached pushed for him.
Wronka is currently one of the best Polish hockey players alive and just finished a solid performance at the World Championships in Group B, where he had 5 points (2G, 3A) in 5 games. Wronka was also named the best forward of the tournament. Wronka has played in the PHL the last two seasons with GKS Katowice, where he able to capture a silver and bronze medal. In 2018-19, he lead the PHL in points with 55 (21 G, 34 A). This is not Wronka’s first time that he will be playing away form Poland either, as he suited up for Orli Znojmo (EBEL) in 2016-17. Before that Wronka spent his entire professional and junior career with Podhale Nowy Targ.
The Belfast Giants are one of the premier teams in the EIHL. The Belfast Giants were the best team in the 2018-19 regular season with 45 wins in 60 games. They would make it all the way to the EIHL finals, losing to the Cardiff Devils. Since 2009-10, the Giants have made 4 EIHL final appearances, 3 regular season titles, and one EIHL championship. This offseason the team has lost Colin Shields and Dustin Johner to retirement, as well as Blair Riley and Josh Roach to free agency. It won’t be too long before Polish fans see Wronka face off against a top Polish team again as the Belfast Giants will face Cracovia Krakow in the Continental Cup.
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