The Hull Stingrays find themselves 13 points out of first place in Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) standings and they’ve yet to play their first game of the season. Because of turmoil during the summer when the existence of the franchise was in doubt, the team has had to scramble to fill a roster and to slot themselves back in the league’s schedule.
Ontario Hockey League alumnus and Hull Stingrays player/coach, Sylvain Cloutier has brought in another OHL grad that may not put many pucks in the net but will intimidate other teams from scoring on Hull.
Jozef Sladok played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, 2006-07 and 2007-08, both with the Plymouth Whalers. In his second season Sladok had the dubious destinction of leading the OHL in penalty minutes during the regular season with 223 in 60 games. He added 19 more PIM in just three playoff games that season. In his first season with Plymouth he sat out 100 minutes in just 28 games. His goal scoring total at graduation from the OHL is zero.
The Slovakian played the 2008-09 season in the Central Hockey League with the Corpus Christi IceRayz, playing 29 games and sitting out 154 PIM. This past season, 2009-10, Jozef began the season in his native country but after a game each in the Slovak Extraliga and Extraliga 2, he ended up in Great Britain’s EPIHL which is a tier lower than the EIHL. With the Romford Raiders, the 6’5″, 220 lb. defenseman racked up 149 minutes in penalties in just 31 games. However, he also netted four goals and added 13 assists.
The following video features Jozef Sladok fighting Leigh Salters in 2008 when Salters was still a member of the Guelph Storm.