Czech forward to join UPEI men's hockey team this season

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Robin Soudek played in two world junior championships

The UPEI Panthers men’s hockey team has added European forward Robin Soudek to this season’s lineup.

Soudek, a Czech Republic native, played four years in the Western Hockey League, scoring 27 goals and 57 points for the Victoria Royals in his last season (2011–12).

He started last season in the Czech pro league, playing alongside locked-out NHL stars Andrew Ference, Vinny Prospal, and Martin Hanzal, but was limited to 11 games due to injury.

Soudek also played for the Czech Republic in two world junior championships.

“One of my former coaches referred to me as a European-skilled player with a North American heart which is a great description of the player I desire to be,” said Soudek, a five-foot-11, 194-pound right winger. “I like to think I bring a lot of experience and leadership to the Panthers. I feel my game is very well-suited for the (Atlantic University Sport conference), and I hope to contribute in many ways to the Panthers.”

The Panthers finished as the ninth ranked team in the country last year and head coach Forbes MacPherson hopes Soudek can help raise that number in 2013-14.

“Soudek is a gifted playmaker, he can score goals, and he has a very solid two-way game that will complement our style of play,” said MacPherson. “Soudek has been high on our radar for a couple of years because we know he will add depth to our club in all facets of the game."

Season passes for the 2013–2014 seasons are now on sale.  

Got to www.gopanthersgo.ca for more details.

Organizations: Panthers, Western Hockey League, NHL North American University Sport

Geographic location: Czech Republic

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  • ajk
    August 22, 2013 - 13:46

    At long last, a hockey player with skills coming to UPEI.