Forward Patrik Valcak signs deal with Manchester Storm
Forward Patrik Valcak has become the latest player to commit himself to the Manchester Storm for the 2015-16 season.
Valcak was a fourth-round NHL draft pick for the Boston Bruins in 2003 and has extensive experience of playing in some of the top leagues in Europe.
The 30-year-old, who was born in the Czech Republic, spent last season split between North America and Poland.
He scored 43 points (10+33) in 32 games for Cracovia Krakow in the first part of 2014-15, before moving to the ECHL to play for Allen Americans.
Valcak then scored three goals and contributed 14 assists for 17 points in 24 regular-season games for the ECHL side â€“ and was part of the squad which went onto win the playoffs as the Americans lifted the Kelly Cup.
The forward has also played in the top flights in Finland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
He is no stranger to success and was French champion and a French League Cup winner with Grenoble in 2006-07.
In 2012-13, he scored a career-high 56 points (15+41) in his first spell with Cracovia Krakow, which saw him lead the league in points and help his side to the championship.
Storm player-coach, Omar Pacha, said: â€œPatrik is a guy with good size that plays hard.
â€œHe has great vision and makes a lot of room on the ice for his line-mates.
â€œHe has speed and I really like the fact that he competes every night.
â€œPatrik has great character and he will add good experience in the locker room with all our younger guys.â€