After the bad news that Oxford City Stars had parted ways with Canadian import Andrew Magee, it’s good to have some positive signing news out of the club. Today it was announced that Slovakian Boris Ružička has arrived in the UK as a new import defenceman for the club.
Ružička at 27 already has a wealth of experience around Europe. As a junior, he played in the Slovakian junior system for his home town of Dubnica and was playing in their U20 team from the tender age of 16. By the time he was 18 he was also playing in the Slovakian 2nd division while still also playing U20s and he even had a few call-ups to the first team in the top Slovakian division at the age of 19 and 20.
Once he left the junior system, he moved around the central and eastern european leagues, playing in the Czech third division and Romanian top division as well as several further seasons in Slovakia division 2.
His stats put him as 6’3″ and 99kg (15st 8lb in old money), so he is going to be an imposing figure on the ice adding some size and hopefully some presence to the Oxford bench. He has contributed goals across all the leagues he has played in (and in fact had over a point per game in the Romanian leagues which is pretty impressive for a D), so he clearly knows where the back of the net is.
Ružička’s paperwork was not completed in time for him to play for the team in tomorrow’s home tie against Solent Devils, but he will join the team for training on Wednesday and will be a welcome addition to the squad ahead of the run of 4 double headers which start next weekend and will be a tough period for the Stars.
Simon Anderson has said that he now that he has had a chance to evaluate the team’s strengths and weaknesses better he has decided that one defender and one forward is going to be the way forward for the Stars for the rest of the season and we understand that he is working on getting the import forward at the moment. He had this to say about the signing: “Boris will give us a presence at the back end and is someone who will give us composure and improve our transition game.We have struggled moving the puck out of our end,it’s something that has not improved from last season and Boris will do that and hopefully strengthen us defensively as well.”
Boris’s stats can be found here: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=89326