Mike Stetson, Sports Information Director
FOREST CITY – Looking forward to beginning play as a charter member of the Midwest Hockey League (MHL), the Warrior hockey team added some offensive punch to their lineup with the addition of a talent forward from Germany.
Waldorf head coach Brett Shelanski is pleased to announce that Janečk Sperling from Krefeld, Germany, signed a Letter-of-Intent earlier this month, and will attend school at Waldorf and play hockey for the Warriors starting this fall as a freshman.
“Janečk is a versatile player who averaged around 20 minutes of ice time per game as an 18-year-old in the top U20 league in Germany this past season,” Shelanski said. “He is a skilled forward who has shown the ability to produce against high-level competition.”
This past season, the 5-foot-9, 176-pound right-handed center scored 16 goals and assisted on 15 others in 34 games with the Krefelder EV U20 team in the DNL U20 2 league in Germany.
“It’s a great pleasure and exciting challenge to combine studies and hockey at a high collegiate level in the U.S.,” Sperling said, “especially increasing my skills and experience in all fields of language, culture, sports and occupation.”
In four seasons prior to joining the Krefelder EV U20 team, Sperling played in 77 games, scored 51 goals and assisted on 41 others playing for other Krefelder and Nuesser teams.
“He is a natural center that also has the ability to play both wings,” Shelanski said of the newest Warrior skater.
“Janečk is a hard-working and determined player who has the mindset and skillset to compete and excel at the college level immediately,” Waldorf’s coach added. “He has the ability to get pucks to the net consistently, he is willing to go hard to the net, and he has the ability to find his teammates for quality scoring chances.
“Janečk is a great addition to our roster, and to the Waldorf campus, and we look forward to welcoming him this fall.”
A two-time Regional Champion on the ice and a Silbud Cup Champion (an international tournament hosted in Krefeld) in 2018, Sperling also helped the Krefelder EV U20 team win the DNL Division II Championship this past winter, earning the team a promotion to the DNL Division I.
Sperling, who attended Vera Beckers (a vocational school) in Krefeld, said “the tremendous efforts by coach Brett Shelanski and his leap of faith allowing me to join Waldorf and its hockey team,” led him to sign with the Warriors.