The Bracknell Bees are delighted to unveil their latest player signing for the upcoming 2017-18 NIHL Division 1 South season.
Thirty-four year old Czech born forward Frantisek Bakrlik has agreed to re-join the club, having previously been part of the 2015-16 Bees squad.
The Czech’s career started with his home town club and he impressed enough to be drafted in the CHL Import Draft in 2000, 34th overall by the Barrie Colts. His performances also earned him a call up to the Czech Republic U18’s for the World Junior Championships in the same season. After another season in the CHL with both the Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting he returned to the Czech second tier briefly.
A return to Canada, this time to the Winston Salem Polar Twins saw him secure a move to the Adirondack Icehawks/Frostbite for a couple of seasons. Another return home to the Czech leagues saw him split time between the second and third tier and stints in Poland too. Whilst in Poland he racked up a number of league and cup medals and made it into the Polish All Star team in 2010/11.
This will be Bakrlik’s seventh season in the UK having originally come to the UK from Poland in 2011. A season in the Elite League – picking up 19 goals and 34 assists, spilt between the Hull Stingrays, Coventry Blaze and Fife Flyers was followed by a move to the Slough Jets in the EPIHL. An impressive season where he finished sixth overall in the league in points scoring and led the Jets in goals scored and points scored followed that.
A move to the Manchester Phoenix for the next two seasons saw his impressive record continue as his finished fourth overall in the league in points scoring in 2013-14, also securing an EPIHL Playoff Winners Medal, and third in overall points scoring in 2014-15. That same season he led the Manchester side in goals scored as well as points with 41 goals and 47 assists in 49 games and made it to the EPIHL second All Star Team. In 2015-16 Bakrlik joined the Bees and left after only seventeen games to join the Milton Keynes Lightning where he finished that season and remained for last season also picking up both a Cup and Playoff winners medal.
His no nonsense, physical approach cannot fail to go un-noticed and he was easily recognisable as one of the top players in the EPIHL. With nearly 300 EPIHL appearances, over 200 goals and nearly 200 assists as well as 25 Elite League goals and 35 assists the forward is an obvious threat in front of net.
Scott Spearing, Head Coach of the Bracknell Bees said on the newest member of the Bees line-up:
“Contrary to popular belief Frankie and I get on very well! We have a mutual respect for each other and his edgy no nonsense style is exactly what I like. He is no doubt one of the most loved and hated players this country has seen and I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to have him back in a Bees shirt.”
As in previous seasons we are happy to announce that Frankie’s jerseys will be available as part of our 2017-18 Own & Loan Jersey scheme.
The Light or Dark jerseys are both available and complete details of the scheme and the jersey designs will be released soon but if you are interested in participating in this great opportunity then please email us at email@example.com with the details of the jersey you are interested in.
All shirts are sold on a first come, first served basis and the process is that you “own” the jersey and “loan” it back to the player for the season to wear. The jersey will then be presented to the owner at the end of the season at a time and date to be arranged.