White Tigers News
The Liberec White Tigers announced that they have signed free-agent goaltender Marcel Melicherčík. The 26-year-old native of Poprad, Slovakia, signed a one-year deal and is expected to be the backup of netminder Marek Schwarz. Melicherčík spent most of his career in his hometown of Poprad, but last year, he transferred to Lev Prague of the Kontinental Hockey League. However, the KHL team didn´t give him a chance to start and reassigned him to Sparta Prague. For Sparta, Melicherčík appeared in nine Extraliga games, posting a solid 2.30 GAA and save percentage of more than 91 percent. Also, the team announced that they will not resign Tomáš Vošvrda.
The Liberec White Tigers have signed national-team defenseman Tomáš Voráček to a three-year contract. The 23-year-old native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, has 203 games of Extraliga experience and twelve appearances in the jersey of Czech first national team. However, he didn´t travel to the World Championships with the team. The former WHL´s Prince Albert Raiders D-man has no relation to the Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voráček.
The Liberec White Tigers have announced the decision not to renew contracts of four free-agent players, defensemen Jiří Moravec and David Štich and forwards Peter Galamboš and Lukáš Vantuch.
The Liberec White Tigers have signed forward Jakub Valský to a three-year contract. The 24-year-old product of Rytíři Kladno has 188 Extraliga regular season games and 13 playoffs appearances in five seasons in Kladno under his belt. In this past season, Valský led the team towards the playoffs after Jaromír Jágr and other NHL stars returned to North America and recorded 16 points in 34 games. In his 188 career games, he has 31 career goals and 15 career assists for 46 career points.
The Liberec White Tigers have announced the signing of free-agent right wing Martin Bartek to a three-year contract. The 32-year-old native of Zvolen, Slovakia, spent the last three years of his career playing for Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga. In this season, he collected 44 points in 50 games and earned a spot on the Slovak national team for the upcoming World Championships in Sweden and Finland. The six-foot, 205-pound forward was drafted into the NHL in 1998 by the Nashville Predators, but never made it past the AHL where he spent one season with the Milwaukee Admirals. Besides playing for Pardubice, he also played for Zlín and various teams in Slovakia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Canada and the USA. As of May 2013, he has 55 goals and 63 assists in his 140 Extraliga regular season games and 12 goals and 16 assists in 33 post-season games.
The team announced that the contract of head coach Pavel Hynek was renewed. The forty-three-year-old native of Prague will stay in Liberec at least until April 2014.
The Liberec White Tigers finished on the first place of the relegation group and avoid getting relegated to the 1. liga. Next year, they will play in the Tipsport Extraliga, just like in the last eleven seasons.
The Tigers manage to survive the dramatic finish as they avoid relegation.
The Tigers race towards the finish of the season.
Streaking Tigers get three wins in a row in a critical stage of the relegation group.