Swindon Wildcats are thrilled to confirm that club captain Jan Kostal will once again be back to lead the Cats for the upcoming NIHLS1 season. The Czech forward will be entering his sixth consecutive season with the organisation after spending most of his career in the Czech Republic with HC Karlovy Vary.

Jan needs no introduction to the Wildcats fans, having been captain for four consecutive seasons and leading the organisation from the front. His professionalism on and off the ice are just a small part in what he brings to the team. Last year, in 56 games, Jan scored 16 goals and 32 assists for a total of 48 points.

Unsurprisingly, Head Coach Aaron Nell was over the moon to have Jan back in his side for next year:

“Signing Jan is always the easiest decision of the summer. There are almost no words to describe his work ethic with the Wildcats and just how much he’s changed the organisation since he joined back in 2013. He is phenomenal on the ice, battles hard and is very physical.

Jan has a habit of scoring big goals right when we need them and he leads from the front. He’ll block shots, he’ll work along the boards and he is a brilliant penalty killer. There is nothing he won’t do and he is a dream to work with and coach. I’m thrilled to have him back in Swindon for another season and I’m sure the Wildcats fans are as well.”

Similarly, Jan was equally as happy to have signed back with the club again:

“It was so easy to sign in Swindon again. I’m happy here and everything around the organisation is brilliant. The players, the coaches and the fans. We are all one big family and I am so happy to be part of the Swindon Wildcats again.

We had a strong team last year that defended as one and attacked together and I think that is what we had the success we did. The key to winning those big games is playing as one team and at the end of the season I thought we were excellent.

I expect us to work hard every night next year and put on good performances for the unbelievable Swindon fans who support us and travel all over the UK with us. Their support will be crucial and we can’t wait to get going again.”

We’re also delighted to confirm that Jan will once again be sponsored by Stuart Holland but by the fresh new brand of Holtech Group which Thermographic Consultancy is now a part of. Holtech group includes Design, Project Management, Maintenance and Administration of specialist electrical packages. We are thrilled to have Stuart back sponsoring the Cats for what will be his 5th season, but this time with a new brand in Holtech Group