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Goran Bezina, a left-handed defenseman has spent the last 12 years in the Swiss club Geneve-Servette HC, 10 of those years he spent as a captain. Always a fan favourite and a true motivator in the locker room, he likes to say he’s open-spirited and ready for new challenges and he hopes that Zagreb fans will take a liking to him and through a laugh he added: ”Although I’m from Split, it’s all the same, it’s all my, our Croatia, our one homeland.”
“When the offer came from Zagreb, from Croatia, I didn’t think twice. I knew what the atmosphere is like, I knew what kind of fans the club has and I’m not afraid to make a change that’s going to be a big one. I’m excited and happy that I will be playing at home and I can’t wait for the adventure to begin,” said Bezina after he signed the contract.
“Goran is a big strong two way defenseman who has great experience and leadership qualities who should play some big hard minutes for us. Being a Croatian heritage guy is great for the organization and we are very happy to have him joining the Club. Goran is looking forward to coming home and being a part of the organization,“ Aaron Fox, Medvescak’s Sports Director said while announcing the transfer.
Bezina, who has a rich national team career behind him, that includes the Winter Olympics in Torino, spent his only three years in North America, where he played for the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, the club that picked him in the 8th round of the 1999 Draft, the Springfield Falcons (41 points in 204 games). He notched 3 games with the Coyotes during that time as well.
After returning to Switzerland he only left one more time, at the very end of a season, in 2007. He was brought to Salzburg as a playoff addition to the team.
Bezina brings toughness in the defense, a strong shot that makes him useful in power play situations and he likes to join the attack more often than not.