After losing all three of their goalies from 2022, two to retirement and one to free agency, Sosnowiec has finished reloading. The club has now added Polish goaltender Sebastian Lipiński on a two-year deal. Lipiński spent last year abroad in England.
Long regarded as one of the best young goalies in Poland, the 21-year-old went abroad last year to England in search of more playing time. In 21 games for the Peterborough Phantoms 2, he posted a .928 SV% in the NIHL 2. Before going to England, he played with SMS Katowice and Unia Oswiecim in the PHL, where he posted a .878 SV% in 42 games across five seasons. The Torun native was the starting goalie for team Poland at multiple IIHF U18 and U20 events.
Zaglebie Sosnowiec had a huge goaltending need after Marcel Kotula and Michal Czernik somewhat surprisingly retired from hockey. Their retirements did play a factor in Lipiński returning to Poland, he said in the team’s announcement of his signing. The club also added more STS Sanok starting goalie Patrik Spesny this offseason. While Spesny was great his first years in the PHL, he struggled a lot last year. This presents a significant opportunity for Lipiński.
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