Following the announcement earlier in the week that Tomas Karpov won’t be joining the Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard has confirmed a deal that sees Karel Richter join the 18/19 Bees squad.
The 27 year old hails from the Czech Republic and shoots right handed and is a brand new name to UK hockey. He learned his hockey at HC Poruba where he remained until 2009/10. He moved to HC Vitkovice where he played Under 20 hockey. While still there he made his senior debut in Czech 3 in 2011/12 for HC Novy Jicin.
After spells in Czech 3 he moved up to Czech 2 before leaving his birth country to head to France. He signed for Gap and played two seasons recording 20 points in 43 games. The following season he was with a Brest putting up 1+5 and spent last season with Annecy scoring 6 and assisting 7 in 18 appearances while recording 56 PiMs.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard said; “Karel brings good size and speed, plus he’s got a pedigree of winning championships in the Magnus league in France where he won the league and a cup. It excites me that he’s played on a championship team before. We have a great opportunity to bring him in now, he’s a hard working guy so he’ll be a great fit on the ice and good in the room.”
On joining the Bees Karel added; “I’m happy for this opportunity. The season is coming soon and I can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to the home opening game also I believe a good season is in front of us.”
Karel stands at 6’1” and weighs 187lbs. He shoots right handed.
He will make his Bees debut this weekend and you can see him for the first time in action at the Hive this Sunday night when the Bees take on the Wildcats in a 6pm face-off.