Polish star Patryk Wronka has signed with Orli Znojmo of the Erste Bank Liga, the top league in Austria. At only 20 years old, Wronka had a great year in the PHL scoring at a point per game pace with 42 points in 42 games. He also added 11 points in 12 playoff games. Where Wronka really excelled this year was at the international level. At Olympic qualification, he had a goal and 2 assist in three games and was a key part of Poland beating Hungary and advancing to the next round. The world championships though were his big show. Anytime Wronka was on the ice, he was creating scoring chances whether by him dangling through defensemen or by showing off his playmaking skills. He finished with 1 goal and 3 assists while being named to the tournament all-star team and being named the best forward by the tournament directorate. There are concerns about Wronka though, mostly about his size. Wronka is only 5’8, but I am one who believes size doesn’t matter.
Orli Znojmo is from the Czech Republic and started playing in the Erste Bank Liga in the 2011-12 season after 2 years in the Czech 2 league. Wronka will the first Polish player to ever play for Orli Znojmo. Last season Orli Znojmo made it to the Erste Bank Liga finals losing to EC Salzburg. Orli Znojmo will also be playing in the champions hockey league this year. Their group features HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the NLA and Red Bull Muenchen who play in the DEL.
Cracovia Krakow has signed Belarus league veteran Pavel Kutsevich.In 21 games this season with Neman Grodno, Kutsevich has put one goal and 7 assist. He also played 4 games with Neman Grodno in the champions hockey league. In 540 Belarus league games he has 219 points.
Cracovia Krakow also added Artyom Bozhko. A teammate of Pavel Kutsevich earlier this year in Nerman Grodno. Bozhko put up 1 goal and 7 assist in 21 games in the Belarus league this year. He put 1 assist in 4 games at the champions hockey league this season. In 311 Belarus league games he has 212 points.
Unia Oswiecim has released Czech defenseman Lukas Popela. In 32 games with the club, he had 1 goal and 8 assists. This was his first season in Poland after spending two years in Slovakia. Popela will be trying to make Orlik Opole.
MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ has added Canadian right winger Bryan McGregor. McGregor has played in AHL, Mestis, Austria, Czech, Kazakhstan, Denmark, and the ECHL. This year he has played in the ECHL for the Brampton Beast and Norfolk Admirals, recording 5 points in 19 games.
STS Sanok has announced they signed 29-year-old center Jared Brown. Brown is former member of former PHL Team GKS Katowice. In 2012 with GKS Katowice he played 13 games he had 19 points. Since then he has played in the CHL, ECHL, and Ligue Magnus. In 173 career CHL games he has 66 goals and 95 points. In one ECHL season he had 35 points in 70 games. So far this season he played for Dijon of Ligue Magnus where in 11 games he has had 3 goals and 9 assist.
Random Fact.Before turning professional, Jared Brown played college hockey at Northern Michigan. Which is where, former Polish U20 Captain, Filip Starzynski plays college hockey right now.
STS Sanok introduced Steven Tarasuk and Bryan Cameron to fans in a Facebook post today. Steven Tarasuk is a 26-year-old Canadian defenseman. Last season he played in the Series A(Italy) for Kaltern and in the ECHL for the Missouri Mavericks, Brampton Beast, and Allen Americans. In 57 ECHL and Series A games, he put up 16 points. In 236 ECHL games, he has 93 points. Ulf Andersson of Eliteprospects.com on Tarasuk “Tarasuk is a defenseman with a good offensive game. Has sound playmaking ability, but could improve defensively. Lacks size and isn’t very effective in physical battles.”
The other player joining is Bryan Cameron. The 26-year-old Canadian right winger played with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL last season. He put up 39 points in 57 games. In 148 career ECHL games, he has 103 Points. Cameron is former 3rd round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings