24 year old Czech forward Adam Rehak arrived in Gillingham in the summer of 2016 with an exciting hockey CV having played in his home nation, in America, France and in Poland’s top tier. With appearances across Europe in his background he needed no time to settle in Kent and marked his opening trio of outings for the Mos with an assist on the road in Chelmsford, two goals and three assists at home to Bracknell and a further two goals and an assist at the SilverBlades against London.
Having hit the ground running, Rehak then remained a force throughout the season as NIHL defences struggled to deal with his blistering pace, lightning hands and dogged determination. He would feature 45 times during 2016/17, racking up a remarkable 54 goals and 40 assists for a total points haul of 94 – an average of over two per game. Not one to be pushed around, the feisty forward also notched 96 minutes of penalties as he ditched the gloves to take on those whose only hope at stopping him meant fracturing the rule book.
Adam Rehak’s performances unsurprisingly captured the attention of the league and come the close of the campaign he was voted into the prohockeynews.com NIHL South Division 1 All-Star team by his peers. The forward, who notched 6 hat-tricks during the season and managed 4 or more points a game 11 times in 2016/17, was also the worthy winner of the Invicta Dynamos ‘Forward of the Year’ accolade come presentation evening as the curtain fell on another term of Kent hockey. Now the Czech talisman returns looking to make his mark once more as the Mos get ready to compete in what is now British ice hockey’s second tier.
“Anyone who saw him last season knows what Adam brings to this league so I’m absolutely delighted to have him back for 2017/18. Adam arrived with an impressive CV but even then we didn’t know the gem we’d secured until he started running rings around teams on a weekly basis. He’s a goal machine who scores great team goals and fantastic solo efforts but the amount of assists he racked up last year also shows he’s a real team player. On the ice he plays with an edge and has that hunger to win – off of the ice he’s a pleasure to work with, doesn’t demand attention and keeps himself to himself. I know the fans took to him instantly when he first pulled on a Mos jersey a year ago and I’ve no doubt they too are delighted he has committed his future to Kent for another campaign”.