Florida Panthers: Martin Lojek Lands With Czech Team

Keith WozniakCorrespondent IMay 26, 2008

As previously reported on May 1, 2008 about Martin Lojek signing in Europe, we finally have more info that he has signed with the Czech team named HC Ocelári Trinec.

Lojek was drafted in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. With the end of the 2007/08 season, Lojek was to become a restricted free agent and likely continue to play in the AHL if he had been resigned by the Panthers.

Lojek has played in at least part of the past three seasons for the Rochester Americans on defense. In 156 games with the Amerks, he tallied 13 goals and 19 assists. He only played in five games for the Florida Panthers where he had one assist.

Lojek is a big player at 6-foot-4 and over 230 pounds. He needs to learn to use his body and become more involved in plays. Unless he finds a way to do that, it’s unlikely we’ll see him return to North American hockey.