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Mariusz Czerkawski
Position Right winger
Shot Right
Nickname(s) Polish Prince
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams GKS Tychy (Ekstraklasa)
Djurgårdens IF (Elitserien)
Hammarby IF (SWE-1)
Boston Bruins (NHL)
Blues Espoo (SM-Liiga)
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
New York Islanders (NHL)
Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
SC Rapperswil-Jona (NLA)
Olympics Flag of Poland 1992
World Championships Flag of Poland 1990 WJC
Flag of Poland 1991 WJC B
Flag of Poland 1991 WC B
Flag of Poland 1992 WC
Flag of Poland 1998 WC B
Flag of Poland 2000 WC B
Flag of Poland 2002 WC
Nationality Flag of Poland Polish
Born April 13th 1972,
Radomsko, Poland
NHL Draft 105th overall, 1991
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 19902008

Mariusz Czerkawski (b. April 13th 1972 in Radomsko, Poland) is a professional winger who plays in the Nationalliga A for the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers.

After a good season with the GKS Tychy in 1990-91, the Boston Bruins drafted him in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft in the 5th round, 105th overall. Czerkawski joined that year the Djurgardens IF of the Elitserien. If his first season numbers were unimpressive, reflecting his rookie status, he posted good results in his second season in Stockholm, with 34 points in 39 games.

Czerkawski made his NHL debuts in 1993-94 with the Bruins, playing in 4 games, a long enough stint to collect two goals and an assist and introduce himself as a promising youngster. The next season, he played 47 games with Boston, collecting 12 goals and 14 assists in the shortened season.

In 1996, Czerkawski was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. He played about a season and a half there before another trade sent him to the New York Islanders. He felt home there and his numbers consequently improved; he had two seasons of 30 goals or more. He however fell from the highest to the lowest when he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 2002. After 43 games, he only had 5 goals; he eventually was demoted to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. His contract was bought out and he signed a one year deal with the Islanders in 2003. The coastal air of Long Island proved to be exactly what the Polish winger needed, as he had a good 25 goals and 24 assists season.

Next season, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. There again, he had a disappointing season, being benched for the most part of the first half of the season. A light resurection occured in December when he was paired with Mats Sundin, but overall, he only gathered 5 points in the 19 games he played in. The Bruins claimed him off waivers on March 8th; he however didn't play for them for more than 16 games, where he scored four goals and added a single assist.

Czerkawski joined the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the NLA in 2006. He played two seasons for the Swiss side, collecting respectively 41 and 53 points. He retired in 2008.

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