Poland hotshot Wronka relishing new challenge with the Belfast Giants
Polish international forward Patryk Wronka says he can't wait to get started with the Belfast Giants after becoming the first player to sign for the team ahead of next season.
The 23-year-old had been strongly rumoured to be joining the Giants after impressing against them in last season's Continental Cup for GKS Katowice, with head coach Adam Keefe making a strong push to get him to sign up for their Elite League title defence.
"I'm really excited to be joining the Belfast Giants," Wronka told the Belfast Telegraph via text message last night.
"I can't wait to get started in pre-season training and then getting playing in some matches."
Wronka is a pacy forward but can also play with a physical edge, which will suit Keefe's playing style perfectly.
The forward is primarily a winger but he can also fill in at centre, and is coming off a 23-goal season with Katowice in which he scored 72 points in just 63 games.
Wronka was also named forward of the tournament at the recent World Championships Division 1B where he guided Poland to the silver medal, scoring two goals and five points.
Head coach Keefe added: "Patryk is young and competes hard every night. He is a great skater and very skilled - I know Giants fans are going to enjoy watching him in action this season."