Cold Lake Wings GM and Head Coach Johnathan Aitken is pleased to announce the team has added Czech born defenceman, Pavel Simak (’99) to the roster for 2018/19.
“Pavel has an excellent skill set for a defenceman and is a dangerous offensive threat. At 6-foot-3, 190 lbs, he certainly has the size to be successful in this league,” said Aitken.
“He is highly capable of moving the puck and is a physical presence in the defensive zone. I think it will be exciting for our fans to see a player who developed under a European hockey system.”
Simak has played in the Czech Republic’s Under 16, 18 and 20 system with SHK Hodonin and Trinec, while also suiting up in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) last season, gaining experience in North America.
“I’m very happy and thankful to be here and can’t wait to start playing in Cold Lake with the Wings,” said Simak.
Over two seasons of Czech U18 hockey, Simak scored an outstanding 97 points in 88 games. In 2015/16 he had 12 goals and 28 assists totaling 40 points. The next season he picked up 28 goals and 29 assists in 44 Czech U18 hockey games.
In 2017/18 Simak was a member of the Kalkaska Rhinos of the USPHL, amassing 4 points in 11 games.
Simak got to Canada Saturday night while the rest of the Wings were on the road facing Meadow Lake.