IIHF Approves Transfer of Bartanus to Owen Sound
According to the Owen Sound Attack web site, 2005 Tampa Bay Lightning fourth round pick Marek Bartanus will officially play in the Ontario Hockey League this upcoming season. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) approved Bartanus' transfer card, enabling the Slovakian forward to take his game to North America. Attackhockey.com reported that several prospects' transfer cards were not approved by the IIHF this summer.
Bartanus was taken in the first round of the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft this summer after playing 24 games with Kosice in Slovakia last season. For the 2004-05 season, Bartanus recorded two goals and an assist while playing against men in Slovakia's top league with HC Kosice. He had a plus-one rating. Bartanus also played 34 games for Kosice's junior club, where in 34 games he registered 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points along with 99 penalty minutes. In eight playoff games with the junior club he managed a goal and an assist to go with 16 minutes in penalties.
The 6'3" 190 pound Bartanus is listed as both a center and left winger by the Attack and will wear number 29. Bartanus arrived in Owen Sound in preparation for the year August 22 and will participate in the Attack's training camp starting August 31. The Attack's first exhibition game is September 4 against Barrie. The two teams face each other again September 5. Bartanus will leave Owen Sound for Traverse City, Michigan to participate in the Lightning's prospect camp and tournament which begins September 6.
Owen Sound was swept by Kitchener in last year's OHL Western Conference semi-finals.
Lightning first round pick Vladimir Mihalik is listed on Red Deer's roster, indicating his transfer card was also approved. He has been participating in Red Deer's training camp, which began August 25.