Transfers 21.07.2017

Slovenian trio signed for Medveščak

One familiar face and two young Slovenian hockey players came to Medvescak before the start of new EBEL season.

Sašo Rajsar, Nik Simšič and Mark Čepon are the newest additions to Medvescak squad. After four young Croatian players signed for Medvescak this week, three Slovenian players did the same thing and the most familiar face in Zagreb is surely Sašo Rajsar.

28-year-old forward form Jesenice already played for Medvescak between 2009 and 2012 when Rajsar made 113 appearences in EBEL.

In the early days of his career, Rajsar played for his hometown club Jesenice before he made a brave move signing for Danish club Odense Bulldogs in 2007. After one season in Scandinavia Rajsar came back to Jesenice before he had his first spell with Medveščak.

In 2011 when Rajsar was still playing for Medvescak he played 13 games for Odense and a year later he made the decision to come back to Slovenia. Rajsar played his last five seasons in Slovenia for Slavija Ljubljana and HDD Jesenice. Rajsar is returning to the Den as a two time Slovenian champion in 2015 and 2017.

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Rajsar is the oldest of three players who signed for Medvescak. The other two are defensman Mark Čepon and forward Nik Simšič who were born in 1997. They were both born in Ljubljana, played their first games for Olimpija Ljubljana, but they built their careers differently.

Simšič left Olimpija when he was 15-years-old to play for Swedish club Sodertalje. He played around hundred games for their under 16 and under 18 teams when he got the chance to play in SuperElit, the best Swedish league for players under 20 years. Simšič played 133 games in SuperElit scoring 40 goals and assisting 51 times.

Simšič played for every young selection of Slovenian national team winning one silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships in Division 1B. At the last tournament he was the best Slovenian player racking up two goals and six assists in five games.

His national team colleague Mark Čepon played his first three junior years for Olimpija Ljubljana. After he won EBYSL in 2014 Čepon decided to sign for Red Bull Salzburg where he also played in EBYSL and for the second team.

Last season Čepon played for Olimpija making 49 appearences in EBEL. He is a big prospect who was captain of U18 national team at the World Championship in 2015 where he was the best defensman of the tournament.

EBEL 2017./2018.
no. Club GP W L pts
1 Vienna 19 15 3 46
2 Linz 20 10 6 35
3 KAC 20 11 8 35
4 Red Bull 20 10 9 32
5 Innsbruck 20 8 9 29
6 VSV 20 7 9 27
7 Graz 99ers 20 8 10 27
8 Medvescak 18 7 7 27
9 Fehervar AV19 20 6 10 26
10 Znojmo 20 6 9 25
11 Dornbirner 19 6 9 23
12 Foxes 20 6 11 22
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