Grametbauer’s family is from the Czech Republic

Published on April 20, 2017

Mark Grametbauer is the latest in a line of Halifax native who has manned the Charlottetown Islanders crease. The list includes Mason McDonald and Matthew Welsh.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Charlottetown Islanders goalie Mark Grametbauer plays homage to his family’s roots on his mask.

The Czech Republic flag is prominently displayed on the left side of the back of his shield.

Grametbauer’s parents, who are both from the European country, immigrated to Halifax. He was born in the Nova Scotia capital in 1998, but moved with his family to the Czech Republic for short time before returning to Halifax.

He has dual citizenship.

“Halifax is pretty much home for me, but every time (I) get to go back and see my grandparent and cousins, it’s always a great experience.”

Grametbauer speaks Czech, English and French. Isles centre Filip Chlapik is also from the Czech Republic.

“Sometimes in the room, we’ll start talking Czech, just because it’s our native language,” Grametbauer said. “The boys will remind us that we have to speak English because they don't understand.”