Slough Jets make a massive import signing

SLOUGH, UK –   Head Coach of the Slough Jets is pleased to announce that he has sealed a deal to bring Czech national Frantisek Bakrlik to the Hangar for the 2012/13 season. Standing at 6 foot 5 and weighing 16.5 stones the impact forward will spend his second season in the UK with the Slough Jets.
Born in Litvinov 29-year-old Bakrlik learned his skills in his native Czech Republic before furthing honing them playing in the OHL with Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting. In 2002/03 he returned to Czech Republic for a year before moving back to America. He played with the Winston-Salem Polar Twins and Adirondack IceHawks of the SEHL and UHL in 2003/04. 2004/05 saw him staying in the UHL with the Adirondack Frostbite where he re-signed for 2005/06 before finishing the season in the Czech2 league.
From 2006/07 to 2010/11 Frantisek Bakrlik played across Europe in both Czech Republic and Poland before coming to the UK in 2011/12 where he signed for Hull Stingrays. The 2011/12 season was split between Hull and Coventry with 41 games between those two teams before finishing the season at Fife Flyers putting up 10+11 in just 24 appearances for the Scottish team.
Speaking after inking the deal Head Coach Slava Koulikov; “ You always want to get the right guy for your team and the way we looking to play this season I think he is a guy who will fit in well within our structure. It was really tough to get his signature because a lot of the Elite league and bigger EPL teams have been chasing him and he’s had offers from clubs in Europe too. He definitely had other options but we kept in touch and I told him what we’re trying to achieve and I expect success this season ”
Koulikov continued; “ I told him what I expect from him, what his role will be and how he will fit in and we were both excited by the season ahead. I’m glad to have him on board as we beat a lot of clubs to his signature and I’m sure he’ll be a big part of Slough Jets this season. ”
On joining the Jets, Frantisek said; “ Slava contacted me after the season and I could see he really wants me on his team, so I am very exciting to play for someone like him. Slough Jets looks like really good organisation and I saw they won the play off last season, so they must have a very good group of players. Hopefully I can do my best for this team next season and help to win some trophies. It will be new experience for me and I am very exciting to play for Slough. ”
Slava Koulikov then explained; “ For every guy you have a set of boxes you want to tick with your signing and in Frantisek he has ticked every box. Looking at his history, his height, his size he is a great player to fill an import forward spot and at the age of29 it’s probably the optimal age of hockey where you have experience behind you and knowledge and you’re at the peak of your physical abilities. He had a bit of an unsettled season last year due to many reasons but he still put up some great numbers scoring over 50 points in the Elite league and I think he could be one of the players to watch out for in this league. His size and ability should cause a lot of problems for the D of other teams in this league. He is a huge piece in the puzzle, has shown a huge enthusiasm for playing and I think over the last 2 months I’ve realised he is the player I want and he’s realised we are the club he wants. ”
Final summary on his new signing from the coach was; “ Hockey is changing so much these days, when you call a player and ask what position he plays he will often say a specific position. When I asked him he said he will play any position and that kind of versatility is very important. We don’t have the luxury of a 25 player squad so to have someone that versatile is huge for us. ” Frantisek Bakrlik stands at 6 foot 5, weights 231lbs and shoots left handed. Previous clubs: HC Litvinov U18, Barrie Colts, Barrie Colts, Sarnia Sting, HC Ytong Brno, Winston-Salem Polar Twins, Adirondack IceHawks, Adirondack Frostbite, HC Berounsti Medvedi, Podhale Nowy Targ, HC Roudnice nad Labem HC Kometa Brno, GKS Tychy, HC Vrchlabi, Hull Stingrays, Coventry Blaze and Fife Flyers Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews

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