We take a look at another group of big international moves confirmed for the 2023/24 season, including Polish star Dominika Buczek alongside two F-Liiga draft picks that EräViikingit have now officially signed from the Czech Republic.
One of the biggest stars of the Czech Women’s Extraleague and world Floorball, forward Dominika Buczek will after 4 years leave Czech side Vitkovice and head north to Kalmarsund and the Swedish top division. Buczek was a scoring machine in the Czech Republic having accrued 96 points in the 2021/22 season and followed that up with 95 points this previous season in only 32 games across all competitions for Vitkovice. She was the highest points scoring player for the past 2 seasons in the Czech Republic and attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in the world for her efforts after helping Vitkovice to the championship win this year. Kalmarsund will look to make the most of Buczek’s talent in their push to challenge those at the top of the Women’s SSL. Buczek is also a star on the Polish Women’s national team having scored 16 points in 4 matches at the most recent World Championships Qualifications where her Poland side stamped their ticket to the final tournament later this year in Singapore.
|03.07.2023||Dominika Buczek||1 S.C. Vitkovice||FBC Kalmarsund|
Making the move from her homeland of Norway to the top Swedish level is Norwegian national team defender Eline Dagestad. Dagestad will join up with newly promoted side to the SSL, IBK Lockerund Mariestad. Based in the town of Mariestad on the banks of one of the largest lakes in Europe, Lake Vänern, Dagestad will have some picturesque scenery in her new team. Dagestad has been a part of the Norwegian national team for several years despite her young age of 23 having represented Norway at the 2019 and 2021 WFCs. She will also look to help push Norway later this year in Singapore back towards the top 6 rankings. Dagestad had been part of top Norwegian side SF Grei who just won back to back Norwegian championships and is seen as a bright star who can play at a very high level for many years to come in Sweden and beyond.
|03.07.2023||Eline Dagestad||SF Grei||IBK Lockerund Mariestad|
Finnish defender Mia Vallenius heads back to her home country of Finland and to F Liiga side Koovee. Vallenius had previously been a part of SSL side IK Sirius who were relegated this past season from the Swedish top division which prompted the move back home alongside playing part of last season (14 games) with SSL champions Thorengruppen. Vallenius was part of the Finnish Women’s 2019 WFC team where she and team Finland won bronze and the 2016 U19 team winning silver in Belleville, Canada.
|03.07.2023||Mia Vallenius||IK Sirius||Koovee|
One of the more established Estonian forwards, Piret Puidak will look for a new challenge in the top Norwegian league as she join Stensjo IBK from Estonian side Eesti Maaulikooli Spordiklubi. With the Estonian Women’s floorball league struggling for teams (2 Estonian sides played last season in the Latvian top Women’s League), this should help provide a greater challenge for Puidak who has already represented her country at the two previous World Championships making her debut for the senior Women’s team in 2019 at 21 years of age. Still only 24 Puidak will be trying to help her new side Ostensjo finish higher this season than the 7th they achieved last season.
|03.07.2023||Piret Puidak||Eesti Maaulikooli Spordiklubi||Ostensjo IBK|
Miko Kailiala is a well known name amongst the floorball community. An extremely talented forward Kailiala heads to Switzerland and Prime League side Zug United for the 2023/24 season. Kailiala is coming off the back of a title winning season for F Liiga side TPS and was top scorer for the black and white in the playoffs with an impressive 30 points in 16 games in the playoffs. He also finished the regular season as the 2nd highest points scorer with 70 points in 33 points and will be sorely missed by the defending Finnish champions next season. Kailiala is also a major part of the Finnish Men’s national team having represented them at the previous 5 Men’s World Championships picking up 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in that time.
|03.07.2023||Miko Kailiala||TPS Turku||ZUG United|
Finnish side EräViikingit are using their recent F-Liiga draft picks to good effect by signing both their 1st and 2nd round picks to contracts for the 2023/24 season with Czech young stars Matej Penicka and Simon Stransky moving to the land of the sauna. Both Penicka and Stransky join the F-Liiga having played last year in the Czech Livesport Superliga. Penicka was part of semi-finalists Mlada Boleslav whilst Stransky impressed at mid table FBC Liberec, accumulating the 3rd highest points in the regular season with 65 in 26 games. Penicka was the 5th highest scorer on a talented Boleslav team having 24 points in 26 games himself. Both Czech forwards were part of the successful home winning U19 Czech team that won Gold at home in Brno at the 2021 U19 WFC, where Penicka was also selected as part of the tournament All Star team. Both players also made their senior team debut for the Czech Republic last year at the WFC Qualifications in Celano, Italy and will hope to use their talent, youth, energy and chemistry to push their new team EräViikingit up the table and in the playoff hunt, having finished 11th last season and surviving relegation threat.
|03.07.2023||Matej Penicka||Florbal MB||EräViikingit|
|03.07.2023||Simon Stransky||FBC Liberec||EräViikingit|
More transfer news will be announced throughout the summer so stay tuned for more interesting and maybe even surprising transfers!
All transfers both confirmed and to be confirmed can be found here floorball.sport