Medvescak brought three new players to their fold for the next EBEL season. Actually, only one of them will be playing in Bears’ jersey for the first time – Finnish center Tero Koskiranta; while Swede Adam Deutsch and Canadian David Brine have already defended the colours of Zagreb’s club.
Among the three, Finn Koskiranta, coming in from SaiPa is doubtless the biggest name to boost Medvescak roster. Since 2006 he has been part of the highest tier of Finnish hockey, with the exception of 2014/15 season when he played for Swedish Färjestad BK.
He moved between five clubs in Finland, with TPS and the aforementioned SaiPa being his longest destinations, playing four seasons for each.
“Tero is a very solid two way player who led his Finnish Liiga team in scoring last year. We expect him to be an important player for us on and off the ice. He will play in all situations and should help us with a successful transition back to the EBEL,” Medvescak’s Sports Director Aaron Fox said.
Kostarinka’s numbers speak for themselves in an enviable sports career. He played 534 games in Finnish Liiga tallying 97 goals and tremendous 160 assists! He joins Medvescak with experience of playing 22 games in the Champions League.
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With the Finnish newcomer, Zagreb supporters will watch two returnees to the Ice Hall in the new season – KHL player Adam Deutsch and a former EBEL player and a member of the Croatian national team, David Brine.
22-year-old Swede Adam Deutsch played for Medvescak the season before last in the KHL, playing in 20 games. After leaving the Den, Deutsch moved to Swedish Allsvenskan where he played for Almtuna IS.
“Adam is coming back to Zagreb to further develop himself as a player and looks to be an immediate contributor. As a young player for us in the KHL two years ago he showed the type of attitude and commitment we love to see and now we believe he can be an effective player at the Austrian league level. His skating and hockey sense will fit right in with how we want to play. He will be excellent addition to our Defense group,” continued Fox on the reinforcements in the Den.
Medvescak fans probably the best recall center David Brine, a player with NHL pedigree (Florida Panthers) who spent two seasons in Zagreb playing in the EBEL (2011/12, 2012/13). Playing for Medvescak enabled him Croatian citizenship. By it he gained a right to play for the national team with which he participated in the last two World Championships of Division IB.
“David is coming back to Medvescak after winning the Championship in the UK with Cardiff last year and will be a leader here for us on and off the ice, especially in helping some of our young Croatians. He will give us some real solid bottom six depth at the center position. He plays with lots of energy and grit and does a lot of the small things necessary needed to win games. We are happy to add him back to the club,” sports director concluded his assessment on the first signings for the new season.
He starts his second chapter with Medvescak after winning a club trophy. With the Cardiff Devils he triumphantly finished the season in the UK hockey league, EIHL.
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