THE LATVIAN GOALKEEPER WILL JOIN HC SLOVAN TEAM IN JULY BEFORE THE MAIN PHASE OF JOINT TRAINING.
The contract of our Latvian national has been renewed for one more year, valid until April 30, 2022. Kristers Gudlevskis will undergo full summer team training under the supervision of goalie coach Petr Škrabelj, which should help him to be even more prepared and efficient in the 2021/22 season.
"Kristers did not sign the contract with Slovan until February. However, he quickly established himself in Slovan, giving good performances in the net, while his performance increased with each following match. As the number one goalkeeper, he has already started the semi-final series with Zvolen, where he was the support of the team with more than 94% save percentage. We believe that his first complete season in Slovan will be the backbone of important victories through-out the season. “said the general manager of the club Maroš Krajči.
As for goalkeeper Tyler Parks, the club's management offered him a contract extension in Slovan shortly after the New Year. However, the American goalkeeper did not reflect on the extension of the contract after a good premiere year in Europe and will allegedly try to win a contract in the top leagues on the old continent, such as SHL, NL or KHL.
After arriving from the aforementioned Villacher SV, where he caught 27 matches, Kristers Gudlevskis presented himself in HC SLOVAN in 7 matches with a save percentage rate of 91.30%. In the playoffs, he played three semi-final matches against Zvolen with a high success rate of 94.02%.
In a rich career, Gudlevskis spent five seasons overseas. The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him from Round 3 and 124th place. Kristers has played three NHL games and in AHL (Syracuse Crunch) and ECHL (Florida Everblades) draws.
In Europe, he has completed almost five complete seasons with KHL participant Dinamo Riga. In December 2019, he moved to the team of the North German participant DEL Fischtown Penguins on the basis of a one-year contract.
Gudlevskis is one of the key figures of his national team in the goalkeeper post. He supported his native Latvia at 4 world championships and one Olympics.
HC SLOVAN Bratislava is looking forward to signing a contract with Kristers Gudlevskis and wishes him a successful complete season in our club.
At the same time, the club's management would like to supplement the goalkeeper's post with a Slovak goalkeeper who would be able to form a reliable equal pair with Gudlevskis in the goal area.
Two talented 18-year-old goalkeepers Richard Noskovič and Ádam Beke will be preparing for the new season with goalkeeping coach Peter Škrabelj.