Top import forward returns to Phoenix

Tuesday, 27th May 2014

J Davidson sponsored Manchester Phoenix are pleased to announce the return of Czech Republic centre Robin Kovar for a second season.

30yr old Kovar, born in Valasske in the Czech Republic, was a 4th round NFL draft pick by Edmonton Oilers in 2002.

He played three seasons in the Western Hockey League for Vancouver Giants and Regina Pats then returned to the Czech 2nd league with HC Vsetin. Robin moved around that division until 2008 when he re-located to Slovakia to play for HK32 Liptovsky Mikulas. A sojourn to Holland for a season with Eindhoven was followed by a return to Slovakia and HKM Zvolen. 2011 saw him back in the Czech 2nd league with HC Slovan Ustecti Lvi befor signing for Phoenix in 2013.

Robin put up impressive numbers in Phoenix's championship-winning team, scoring 36 goals and 42 assists. This earned him a place in the EPL Second All Star team. His quick hands and skill down centre ice was one of the highlights of Phoenix’s last campaign.

Press officer Jim Piper spoke to Robin on his return to Manchester.

“I really enjoyed my season here and the organisation is a good one to play for. It was great to win the championship and we were really unlucky not to win more trophies. I was surprised at the number of minutes I iced and was very tired by the end of the season but I know what to expect now and will be ready for the challenge in September.”

Coach Tony Hand had this to say about the talented centre:

“Robin had a very good season last time out and 70+ points is a good return. He knows what to expect of the league and what is required and I am sure he will be a great asset again for us.”

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Robin Kovář is ready for the challenge of the coming season.

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