This past week, one of Manitoba’s best young hockey players took the first step in beginning his professional career. Matt Osadick, a 20-year-old former Manitoba Junior Hockey League star, has signed on with HK Opole in Poland where he will play out the 2021-22 season.
“The decision to head to Poland came about when my university told me a while ago that they were no longer able to take me in,” Osadick told Game On. “Because of all the seniors they had coming back unfortunately there was no longer a scholarship available. But that said, my excitement is at a very high level; I’m super excited to go overseas.”
Osadick jumped on the scene with the Eastman Selects program for three years of AAA play through his formative U-15 and U-18 seasons. Through 138 total AAA contests, the six-foot, 185-pound forward amassed 56 goals and 98 points before progressing to Manitoba’s top junior league.
The Grande Pointe product enjoyed an uber-successful three-season career within the MJHL, where he dressed in 107 regular season games for the Swan Valley Stampeders and Steinbach Pistons from 2017-21. He skated in another 21 postseason games for Swan Valley where he registered another 12 goals and 21 points – operating at a point-per-game pace in the playoffs.
“I’m excited for Matt as he begins his career overseas,” Pistons’ head coach/GM Paul Dyck said in a team-issued press release. “His skating ability makes him a natural fit for the game on the bigger sheet of ice. I’m sure he’ll create some great memories during his time in Europe.”
Video Highlight: #MJHL // 27 Mar 19 // Swan Valley Stampeders (vs) Steinbach Pistons // Matt Osadick with a great individual effort puts Swan Valley up 4-0 at the 8:03 mark of the 2nd Period // The Stampeders take Game 3 (4-2) @SVStampeders @mjhlhockey pic.twitter.com/8nfuBVZg5n
— Junior Night in MB #VaxUp 💉🙏🏼 (@JuniorNightMB) March 28, 2019
Osadick then moved to the BCHL for the start of the 2019-20 season, where he skated in 36 games for the Merritt Centennials, scoring just three goals and eight points, before a mid-season trade to the Trail Smoke Eaters helped wake up his offensive capabilities. The Grande Pointe, MB. product put up four goals and 11 points in just 16 games with the Smoke Eaters.
For 2020-21, Osadick made his way back to Manitoba by way of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. As a piece of the Carter Loney deal, the veteran forward was shipped to Steinbach in the one-for-one deal.
“The MJHL was a big part in my junior career and it was a very good experience overall,” Osadick added. “It got me to where I need to be moving forward.”
He put up six goals and four assists for 10 points in eight games for the Pistons before COVID called the 2020-21 season off after just a few weeks of play. HK Opole plays in the 12-team Polish I Liga, where it finished second with a 17-4-1 record in 22 games last season.