Urbandale (IA) A glance at a current National Hockey League roster will showcase a number of players from Europe, but when Czechoslovakian born Bobby Holik broke into the league in 1990 that wasn’t necessarily the case. Nearly 20 years and over a 1,000 games later, Holik established himself as one of the game’s better players while being joined in the league by dozens more from overseas.
This week, the retired NHL center is lending his experience and knowledge to the Des Moines Buccaneers’ of the United States Hockey League. Holik will be with the team starting on Tuesday to assist the coaching staff with running drills while also talking with players about their futures and how to achieve their goals. He will remain with the team for the week.
“The purpose of bringing in Bobby Holik is to have him share his experiences with our players both on and off the ice. His plan is to help with face-offs and go over video with us analyzing our team play” says head coach Jon Rogger. “Anytime you can get a player with his playing experiences in the NHL, I think he will share a lot of knowledge both with our team and staff”
Holik was born in Czechoslovakia in 1971 and was taken in the 1989 Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. After two seasons, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils where he would spend the next 10 seasons winning a pair of Stanley Cups and being selected to two All-Star Games.
He then played a couple seasons with the New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers respectively before ending his career back with New Jersey in 2008-2009. Holik finished with 1,314 games played, 326 goals, 421 assists and 727 total points.
“We are extremely excited to have him join the Buccaneers organization this week” adds Rogger.
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