Tomas Marcinko played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, 2006-07 and 2007-08, both with the Barrie Colts. The native of Slovakia captained the team in his final season. Despite playing shortened seasons of 56 and 48 games, Tomas contributed a steady 19 goals both years.
During his junior playing career, Marcinko represented Slovakia five times at the international level. Both seasons as a Colt, Tomas played for Slovakia’s under-20 team. In 2007, the team finished eighth in Sweden and in 2008, the team finished seventh in the Czech Republic. He has also played in two IIHF under-18 championships and one under-17.
Marcinko was taken by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft, 115th overall. He remains in the Islanders organization, entering his third season with their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
On Bridgeport, Tomas is joined by seven other Ontario Hockey League grads: Tony Romano (London, Peterborough, Justin DiBenedetto (Toronto, Sarnia), Justin Taylor (London), Matt Martin (Sarnia), Michael Haley (Sarnia, Toronto), Rob Hisey (Sault Ste. Marie, Erie, Barrie) and Mark Katic (Sarnia). DiBenedetto, Martin, Haley and Katic were featured in a previous post at OHL Alumni Central featuring graduates of the Sting playing for the Sound Tigers.