Transfers 15.07.2016

Krejcik strenghtens D, Smejkal joins Bears' attack

The Czech national with KHL experience and young Czech forward are new members of the Den

D core of Zagreb's Medvescak is joined by a new name. 25-year old Czech, an owner of a bronze medal from 2012 World Championship, Jakub Krejcik spent the last two seasons in the Swedish SHL while being the points leader among defensemen for Örebro HK.

„Jakub is a smooth skating defenseman who likes to jump in the play.  He has been a top scoring defenseman the last two years on his team in Sweden and was on the Czech World Championship team in 2015. We think he will be a very effective player for us and brings a different dimension to the group of defenseman we have on roster. He is looking forward to being in Zagreb and proving he's among the top KHL defensemen,“ Aaron Fox, Medvescak's Sports Director said while announcing the trade.

Prague-born Krejcik spent his junior days playing in Slavia Prague system and for 2012/2013 season he joind the team Lev Prague, a member of the KHL at that time. The following season, he was on a loan in Sparta Prague and put up his season's best numbers with 25 points through the regular season and five in the playoffs. Sparta placed third overall that season.

He's been a member of the Czech national team since his junior days, inking in a debut for the senior team at the Channel One Cup in 2011 in a game against Finland, scoring his first goal in a 5:1 win.

Through #jointhestory project we found out Jakub loves board games, but hates losing; he loves to travel and Mauritius is one of his favorite destinations, and he hates mushrooms.

Together with Krejcik, a new member of the Den is a young Czech forward who was drafted by Medvescak as a 16-year-old in the 2013 KHL Draft, Jiri Smejkal.

Jiri will come in as our young player this year.  He has played top minutes in the U20 World Junior Championship for the Czech team. He's a big and strong kid who will play hard. We hope that he will come in and push some of our older guys for ice time,” Medvescak's Sports Director Fox said while announcing the transfer.

Born in Ceske Budejovice he played in all the junior categories for the local hockey club, the very same one where Tomas Mertl took his first hockey steps, and the last two seasons he spent in the WHL (Western Hockey League) in North America. In his first season there, he was a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors and tallied 32 points through 72 games. Last year he was traded mid-season to Kamloops Blazers and from there he comes to Medvescak.

He's been a standard member of the Czech national junior teams since 2011 and he owns a silver medal from U18 World Junior Championship held in Finland in 2014.

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