While the rest of Poland has begun to heavily favor Finnish imports, Cracovia continues to load up on Czechs. The team has added veteran Czech defensemen Daniel Krejčí on a one-year deal. The 30-year-old represented Czechia at the 2012 World Juniors.
Daniel Krejčí developed in his hometown’s HC Slavia Praha’s junior program. He worked his way up to being one of the best young defensemen in Czechia, leading to him representing his country at the U18s and World Juniors. While his professional career might not have lived up to what his junior success indicated. He has played in over 100 games in Czechia’s top league and another 100 in Slovakia’s top league. Most of his career has been spent in the second level of Czech hockey, the Chance Liga, where he has 111 points (27G-84A-11PTS) in 276 games.
Cracovia has had an extremely busy offseason, and it will only continue. They have been, without a doubt, the biggest spenders in free agency. They will be representing Poland in the Champions Hockey League after winning the Continental Cup in 2022. The team lost their leading scorer Yevgeni Bodrov and starting goalie Denis Perevozchikov due to the team committing to not signing Russian players. Krejčí is the first new defenseman of the offseason for Cracovia.
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