Tkaczuk Returns To Europe After Year In North America

dan tkaczuk ec dornbirn bulldogs austria nationalligaDaniel Tkaczuk played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1998-99, all with the Barrie Colts. Tkaczuk was captain of the Colts in his final three seasons. Over his four seasons in Barrie, Daniel accumulated 334 regular season points, including 105 in his final season which was good enough for sixth in the league.

Three times over his junior career, Tkaczuk represented Canada on the international hockey scene, once as an under-18 and twice as an under-20. In the 1999 World Junior Hockey Championship, Daniel was one point off the tournament lead in points with ten as Canada finished with the silver medal on home turf.

Tkaczuk was taken in the first round of the 1997 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames, sixth overall. In 2000-01, Daniel appeared in 19 games with the Flames, his only NHL games to date.

After four years of mostly American Hockey League action it was off to Europe for Daniel. Since 2003-04, Tkaczuk has played in Finland’s SM-Liiga, Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio (LIHG), Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and now Austria’s Nationalliga (tier 2). He played for the league champion, Milano, in his two seasons in Italy.

This past season, 2009-10, Daniel made a return to North American hockey, playing mostly for the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). In 46 games with the Checkers, Tkaczuk contributed 45 points. He also made appearances with the Syracuse Crunch, Rochester Americans and Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

Tkaczuk has signed on with EC Dornbirn Bulldogs of the Austrian Nationalliga for the 2010-11 season. The Nationalliga is a step below the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL), Austria’s elite hockey league.

Check out the EC Dornbirn Bulldogs official website.

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