After starting 2017-18 in Belarus with Shakhter Soligorsk, Ontario Hockey League grad Tomas Pospisil has moved closer to home to play for MsHK Zilina in the Slovakia Extraliga. Pospisil, a native of the Czech Republic has signed with the club for three years. He’s responded to his new home well with two goals and an assist in his first four games with the club. Fellow OHL alumus Ryan Martindale is also on the roster but on injured reserve at this time.
Tomas Pospisil played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2005-06 and 2006-07, both seasons with the Sarnia Sting. Sarnia picked him fourth overall at the 2005 CHL Import Draft. He was the second selection to go to an OHL team that year with Jakub Vojta taken first overall by the Ottawa 67’s.
Over his two years, Pospisil scored 54 and assisted on 68 for 122 points in 115 regular season games. He played in just four playoff games for the Sting but did what he could with a goal and five assists. In his second season, Tomas played for the Czech Republic at the 2007 IIHF World Juniors.
The Atlanta Thrashers selected Tomas in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 135th overall, before he even came to the OHL. Pospisil played pro hockey in North America for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons in the AHL and ECHL. After that, he moved on to Europe to play in the Czech Republic, Belarus and now Slovakia. From 2009-10 to 2016-17, Pospisil played in his native Czech Republic, moving on just this season.
Tomas started 2017-18 in Belarus with Shakhter Soligorsk. In 13 games, he contributed just a goal and five assists. On December 8, 2017, Pospisil signed a three year deal with MsHK Zilina in the Slovakia Extraliga. He has put up two goals and an assist in his first four games with the club.
The club was promoted to the Extraliga for the 2001-02 season. MsHK Zilina last won a championship in 2005-06. The team plays home games at the Garmin Arena in Zilina, Slovakia, a 4,330 seat venue that dates back to 1945.
In 2016-17, MsHK Zilina finished fourth in the ten team Extraliga over the 56 game schedule and lost in the semi-finals. It should be noted that an eleventh team, the Slovakia U20 team, plays each of the ten teams twice before the WJC.
In 2017-18, the team is seventh with 32 games in the books. Interestingly, the U20 team has completed their 20 game schedule in the league. They put up three regulation wins and an overtime win, along with three overtime losses. That puts them in tenth spot, ahead of HC Detva, despite Detva playing 12 more games.
OHL grad Ryan Martindale is in his first season with Zilina. The alumnus of the Ottawa 67’s played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-08 to 2010-11. Martindale has appeared in 17 games this season but is currently on injured reserve. In 2016-17, Ryan played for the Danish champion Esbjerg Energy in Denmark’s Metal Ligaen.
Tomas Pospisil OHL Stats