Medvescak has more and more names on its roster every day. After three Marks - coach French, goalie Dekanich, and defenseman Katic - now Sasa Martinovic, Nathan Perkovich, Mike Glumac, Andrew Murray, and Patrick Bjorkstrand are showing their loyalty to Zagreb's club once again and will all be a part of the Den in the 2014-15 season.
''We are pleased to have Andrew, Patrick, Sasa, Nathan and Mike back. With Sasa, Mike, and Nathan coming back it gives us a really good nucleus of Croatian Heritage guys who proved they can all help us in any situation we ask of them'', said Medveščak’s sports director Aaron Fox.
Defenseman Sasa Martinovic, who joined the Bears in 2011, had a great premiere season in the KHL. Last season he played 43 games in the KHL regular season and 4 in the playoffs, earning a total of 5 points. Martinovic's +/- stats was +14, and he spent an average of 20:01 minutes on the ice per game.
Forward Nathan Perkovic, who is of Croatian heritage, will be wearing the Bears' jersey for the third season in a row in 2014-15. The 2013-14 season was his debut in the KHL, and he played 14 games and scored one goal.
Forward Andrew Murray played 54 KHL regular season games in his debut season in Medvescak's jersey (2013-14), scoring 3 goals and 3 assists, winning 53% of faceoffs, and spending an average of 14:24 minutes on the ice per game. He played 3 playoff games and got an assist.
''Andrew is such a great character guy and you know exactly what you will get from him every shift on the ice. I am not sure if I have ever seen someone with that kind of work ethic and he is one of most respected guys in the locker room. He definitely leads by example on and off the ice and am thrilled to have him back'', said Fox.
Forward Mike Glumac joined the Bears in the 2013-14 season, during which he played 45 KHL games, scoring 7 goals and 1 assist. He played an average of 10:53 minutes in each game, and his +/- was +10. As of this year Glumac is part of the Croatian national team, where he will be serving as the assistant coach for the World Championship Division I Group B team.
Twenty-one-year-old forward Patrick Bjorkstrand, who developed his hockey beginnings in Danish Hering and Swedish Mori, didn't miss a single KHL game last season in the Medvescak jersey. In 58 of them, he scored 13 points, and the KHL picked him as the rookie of the week twice throughout the season.
''Patrick is a young talent who is looking to build on last season. He was a big surprise for how well he played and fit into his role. I think he is excited to get back here and keep getting better. He should be fun to watch grow as a player'', said Fox.