Another Polish player is on their way to the Tipos Extraliga. National team forward Martin Przygodzki has signed with HK Dukla Michalovce. Recently Covid-19 and injuries have strongly impacted the club, and they were looking for reinforcements. Martin Przygodzki, who holds both Polish and Slovakia citizenship was a perfect fit. The right-winger will be the third Pole to play in Slovakia’s top league this year; Kamil Walega plays with HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas, and Damian Tyczynski started the year with HK Spisska Nova Ves.
Przygodzki was born in Trencin, Slovakia. He improved on his craft in the HK Dukla Trencin junior system. For the 2012 season, he made the jump to Poland and signed with GKS Tychy. Since that initial signing, he has played his entire career in Poland besides two games for Gladiators Trencin in the EUHL. During his time in the PHL, he led the league in goals for the 2016 season, along with taking two silver and two bronze medals. He played around the league appearing for GKS Tychy, Naprzod Janow, HC GKS Katowice, Polonia Bytom, JKH GKS Jastrzebie, Orlik Opole, Unia Oswiecim, and most recently Zaglebie Sosnowiec. This year he recorded seven goals and nine assists in 26 games for Sosnowiec. The import forward gained Polish citizenship and started making national team appearances in 2019. He represented Poland at both rounds at of Olympic qualification.
One of his coaches during the Olympic qualifiers was Tomek Valtonen, who is now in his second season leading HK Dukla Michalovce. HK Dukla Michalovce currently sits third in the Tipos Extraliga with a 17-12-2-2 record. The team has experienced a rapid rise since earning promotion to the top league during the 2019 season. Last year the club made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Tipos Extraliga. Among the teams roster is former PHL defensemen Patrik Luža (Oswiecim, 20-21) and Taylor Doherty (Krakow, 21).