The Dundee Stars first ever captain was Czech defenseman, Jan Mikel and he was with the team for two seasons and this article will look back at how his 2002-2003 season panned out.

By Kris Smith

Jan led the team on the ice for both his season with the club and then 26-year-old joined the Stars from Ayr Scottish Eagles in 2001, as part of Head Coach, Tony Hand’s group of players that followed him across to the Scottish east coast.

The blueliner from Brno, played in 31 games for the Stars, in 2002-2003 campaign and put up 10 goals and 21 assists.

Mikel also contributed nine (1+8) points in eight playoff appearances and a further 16 (6+10) in the Findus Challenge Cup.

He was regarded highly as one of the top players in the league after an impressive showing in his debut season with Dundee, where he finished fifth in the league’s points table and had the most points by a defenseman with 85.

Mikel is a name that is fondly remembered in Dundee Stars history and the club’s first ever captain left a lasting legacy that fans still reminisce about today.

After leaving Dundee, Jan headed to France before returning home to the Czech Republic and he would finish his playing career there in 2012.

Although, he has since gone on to be an assistant coach for the Czech national squads at Under 16’ and Under 20’s level but has been out of hockey for a few years now.

Next-up in our ‘Look Back’ series we will be bringing you a special Stats of the Stars for the 2002-2003 season and it will be available here at 12pm tomorrow.

If you want to be a part of the historic 20th Dundee Stars season then you can buy your season tickets by contacting [email protected]

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