Transfers 07.07.2017

Canadian of Croatian descent and Czech international join Medvescak

Medvescak locker room is starting to get bigger as former Czech national team player and player with Croatian passport join the Bears.

Newest additions to the Bears Den are Canadian of Croatian descent Mike Aviani and Czech international Tomas Kudelka.

Mike Aviani is a 24-year-old center born in New Westminster who will be interesting to the fans because of his Croatian descent and Croatian passport. Aviani's father Emilijo moved to Canada when he was a child and raised his family there.

Most of his junior career Aviani spent playing in Western Hockey League for Spokane Chiefs. He racked up 89 goals and 118 assists in 273 games played during his four-year period with the Chiefs.


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In the last three years Aviani played in the AHL and ECHL. He changed four teams in the AHL playing 22 games and in the ECHL Aviani played 99 games scoring and assisting 59 times.

„Mike is a Croatian heritage center who split his season in the AHL and ECHL.  He will give us a strong two way game and should play in all situations. We are looking forward to him coming in and contributing immediately“, Medvescak Sports Director Aaron Fox said.

The Bears also added Tomas Kudelka to their team for next season. Defender born in Zlin played 11 times for Czech national team.

This bad boy played for Zlin with whom he won Czech league in 2004. In his home country Kudelka also played for Pardubice, Vitkovice and Pirati Chomutov from where he joins Medvescak.

Kudelka is a veteran two way defenseman who who has been playing in top European leagues such as Czech extraliga, SM liga, and also has national team experience. We think he will be a great asset to our defenseman and be able to log big minutes and we will count on him to play against other teams top players“, concluded Sports Director Fox.


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In 2005 Kudelka was 136th overall pick in the NHL Draft by Ottawa Senators. In Europe Kudelka also played in the Finnish Liiga for TPS Turku and Pelicans. On the North American soil Czech international played in the AHL, WHL and ECHL. He grabbed 328 appearences racking up 32 goals and 102 assists.

EBEL 2017./2018.
no. Club GP W L pts
1 Vienna 20 15 4 46
2 Linz 21 11 6 38
3 KAC 21 12 8 38
4 Red Bull 21 10 10 32
5 Medvescak 19 8 7 30
6 Graz 99ers 21 9 10 30
7 Innsbruck 21 8 10 29
8 Znojmo 21 7 9 28
9 VSV 21 7 10 27
10 Dornbirner 20 7 9 26
11 Fehervar AV19 21 6 11 26
12 Foxes 21 6 12 22
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