Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pinguins Sign Ex Viper Nikiforuk:

The Fischtown Pinguins, also known as REV Bremerhaven have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Alex Nikiforuk.

The Pinguins, are a professional ice hockey team based in Bremerhaven, Germany. They currently play in DEL2,[2] the second level of ice hockey in Germany.

The Pinguins will be Nikiforuk's third team this year, also played with EHC Visp & the GCK Lions. The EHC Visp is a Swiss ice hockey club from Visp, Switzerland while the Lions are a Swiss professional ice hockey team that play in the National League B, Switzerland's second tier ice hockey division. In 22 games with the Lions Nikiforuk collected (4-goals-9-assists-13-points) picked up one assist in one game with EHC Visp.

After playing four years at the University of Nebraska, Nikiforuk has spent the past eight seasons overseas playing with nine different teams (SaiPa, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, Herning Blue Fox, Pontebba, Valpellice, EfB Ishockey, GC Kusnacht Lions, HC Red Ice & EHC Visp) in six different leagues (Liiga, DEL, Denmark, Italy, NLB & DEL 2). 

Nikiforuk played one season as an affiliated player "AP" with the Vipers (1999-2000) before being traded the following season to the Burnaby Bulldogs. In 6 games with the Vipers Nikiforuk collected (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).

Alex Nikiforuk's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Pinguins website:

Alex Nikiforuk comes to Wilhelm Kaisen-Platz


Forward with Ukrainian origin and Canadian passport

The sparrows had whistled it already since long of the Bremerhaven roofs and also from official side there were barely denials if was speculated on the fact that on account of the healthwise unsteady position of penguin forward Jan Kopecky the market is sounded out after a supplement. Today now an end was put with the announcement of the obligation by Alex Nikiforuk to the speculations. From the Swiss national league B Canadian Nikiforuk of the GC Küstnacht Lions changes to the inhabitant of Bremerhaven Wilhelm Kaisen-Platz. The Lions, act as a farm team for élite club of Zurich ZSC Lions, have no more chance to reach the Play out of vision round of the NLB. „ Our general manager has given me to change the permission with immediate effect, “ says Alex Nikiforuk who also, however, stresses that he has had a good time in the NLB. Especially in his first season, at that time still with a more professional cadre, the forward with 43 Scorerpunkten knew how to be convincing. After one had equipped the team, however, more and more with young players and the "farm team thought" was put more and more in the center, the sporty competition ability also suffered in the very strong league. Nikiforuk still is fully of the praise about his old employer. „ An extremely professional organization in which I have really probably filled more than three years. Meanwhile I was in the team, however, already almost the Methusalem. “ The more Nikiforuk is glad to be allowed to show be able to be now again in a steadily well occupied team. „ One knows Bremerhaven even in Switzerland. The team is strong and has a good call. For me the ideal club to be able to recommend me again in Germany. “

By the way recommend. Nikiforuk which has played ready in the season 2007/2008 for the Grizzly Adams from Wolfsburg in the DEL wants to try everything to offer also again höherklassig. For this reason he signed not least with the lake town-dwellers at first only one contract passé up to the seasonal end. „ Alex is an incredibly quick, technically strong forward whom we know from the Danish and Italian league already, according to team manager Alfred Prey.

Nikiforuk began his career in 2003 in the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the NCAA and developed there to a reliable Scorer of his team. His engagement and his continual fight readiness provided for the fact that he was determined in the team's council and later for the assistance captain of his college team. After his time at the university the agile Canadian changed to Europe and decided on an engagement at Finnish élite league club SaiPa from Lappeenranta. Later in the year it pulled him to the DEL club to Wolfsburg, before he came about the stopover in the Danish Herning to Italy. First in Pontebba, then two years in Valpellice, there advanced Nikiforuk to a reliable Scorer of his team and always belonged to the best players of the Italian élite league, it pulled him again back to Denmark (Esbjerg) and afterwards three years in the NLB to the GC Küsnacht Lions.

„ The penguins are sure to have found a player with Nikiforuk, the Scorerqualitäten owns what also Brock Hooton confirms who knows the man from the north Vancouver. Also Ryan Martinelli, he played together with "IN" for two years in Valpellice confirms: „ He knows where the gate stands. “

Thus not only the official hope that the new entry with the number *9 will give a taste of his skill already on Friday in the part against the SC Riessersee.

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