Forbes MacPherson, head coach of the UPEI men’s hockey Panthers, is pleased to announce the addition of European forward Robin Soudek to this year’s lineup.
“Soudek is a gifted playmaker, he can score goals, and he has a very solid two-way game that will complement our style of play,” said MacPherson. “Soudek has been high on our radar for a couple of years because we know he will add depth to our club in all facets of the game. We are very pleased that he has committed to the University of Prince Edward Island.”
Soudek, a native of České Budějovice, Czech Republic played four years in the Western Hockey League, scoring 27 goals and 57 points for the Victoria Royals in 2011–12. He started last season in the Czech pro league playing alongside locked-out NHL stars Andrew Ference, Vinny Prospal, and Martin Hanzal, but was limited to 11 games due to injury. Soudek also played for the Czech Republic in two World Junior Hockey Championships.
“One of my former coaches referred to me as a European-skilled player with a North American heart which is a great description of the player I desire to be,” said Soudek, a 5’11”, 194-lb right winger. “I like to think I bring a lot of experience and leadership to the Panthers. I feel my game is very well-suited for the Atlantic University Conference, and I hope to contribute in many ways to the Panthers.”
Soudek said his partial season in the professional ranks has given him a better understanding of the importance of being a more complete and team-focused player.
“To be successful, you have to play within the team structure, follow the game plan, and you have to be prepared to do the little things. Even if you are the most skilled player on the team, you have to be a hard worker in all ends of the rink, and that is what my focus will be as a member of the Panthers,” said Soudek.
The 22-year-old has never been to Prince Edward Island but has done some research on the province, the team, and the fans.
“I chose PEI because they play in the best university hockey conference in Canada and the team is moving in the right direction. The university is small, friendly, and the PEI fans are in love with the team. I can’t wait to get there and take the next step in my hockey career,” he said.
The Panthers finished as the #9 ranked team in the CIS last year.
“Being a student-athlete at UPEI is a unique and rewarding experience. I want to welcome Robin Soudek to the Panther family and I look forward to the many positive contributions he will make to our University on and off the ice,” said UPEI Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill Schurman.
Season passes for 2013–2014 are now on sale. Tickets are $160 for all 14 games and they guarantee a seat for playoff games. This year, student and youth rates have been added. For more information visit gopanthersgo.ca.