The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are extremely excited to be able to announce the signing of starting netminder Tomas Fucik from JKH GKS Jastrzebie in Poland. The 6’2”, 24 year old goalie has spent the last 2 seasons with Jastrzebie, who play in the Polish top flight, and has returned a .939 average over 43 appearances. The Czech Republic national played exclusively in his home country within domestic leagues as well as for franchise teams within the MHL and the Austrian EBL up until 2016 when he made the move to the Polish Hockey League.

Fucik is a big presence in the crease and reads the play well, he closes down the angles and gets all of the basics right which enables the team to play an open game in front of him.

Head Coach Jason Hewitt is really excited to have signed Tomas:

“I am really pleased to have signed a player of this calibre to the team. He instantly makes us stronger and is a huge presence. I’ve watched a lot of his tapes and done a lot of research around him and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

He is a hell of a goalie with a proven track record at a really good level, he is a legit starting netminder for any league in the UK. This is huge for us and the fans should be really excited by the fact that this organisation can attract top talent from Europe.”

Speaking with Fucik he told us:

“I have always wanted to play in the UK and have heard nothing but good things about the Hull Pirates as a team and the fans who come to watch the games. I’m told that they are really passionate and that game nights are intense, I can’t wait to get going and experience the atmosphere for myself.

My only goal is for the team to win, nothing else matters out there, Hewy has laid out his plans to me and I can’t wait, it is very exciting. I am a team guy and I want to play my part in winning trophies as a Hull Pirate.”

The signing of Tomas Fucik is a real statement of intent, everyone should be excited by how this team, your team, is shaping up! September cannot come fast enough for us, we’re sure you feel the same.

Do not miss a second of the action, we are fast approaching the sale of our 200th season ticket, secure yours today by downloading the forms from our website or call in to Skaters Edge at the arena.

Ladies and gentlemen, Tomas Fucik, your starting netminder for the 2018/19 season.

Photo: Waldemar Buszta - www.sportowekarty.pl