New import cooks up a treat both on and off the ice

Ales Padelek has been very impressive.
Ales Padelek has been very impressive.
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Not many Peterborough sportsman can list Sydney as their previous port of call, but that’s the journey taken by new Phantoms import Ales Padelek.

The Czech forward warmed up for a return to the English Premier League with a three-month stint in the Southern hemisphere.

Padelek played for a Sydney Bears side, which also included former Phantoms netminder Kamil Jarina, in the Australian Hockey League.

It might not be a typical way to prepare for a campaign on these shores, but it appears to have served the 35 year-old well judging by his displays last weekend.

Padelek struck twice in as many games as Phantoms launched the new EPL campaign with a four-point weekend courtesy of a 6-3 triumph in Swindon and a 5-3 verdict against Basingstoke.

Padelek said: “I had three months in Australia and it was really good for me. I played a few games and worked really hard in the gym.

“But I knew I wanted to come back to England and I spoke to Slava straight away in the summer.

“We were in touch ahead of last season, but I couldn’t come over then for family reasons.

“I’m really happy to be here now and I’m already enjoying being part of a good team.

“My goal in Swindon was pretty lucky, but I was happy to score again in the Basingstoke game.

“It was a very good way to start the season and winning is always good for confidence.

“We have a lot of good players in the team and you can see from the weekend that lots of different people can get goals.

Padelek struck 32 times for Slough at this level in 2013/14 – his only previous season in the EPL.

But he doesn’t just cook up a treat on the ice. Padelek revealed he has taken on culinary duties to ensure two of his team-mates – Milan Baranyk and Craig Scott - are well-fed.

He added: “I’m living with Milan and Craig and I’m like the masterchef in that house.

“I’ve been cooking all the time so far, but Craig’s girlfriend is here now so hopefully she can take over!”