Czerkawski Concerto Fades

At 36 years old, Marius Czerkawski has decided to retire. The former Oiler (who is also connected to two teams Edmonton has often dealt with over the years, NYI and Boston) had been playing in Switzerland the last couple of seasons.

He played in 745 NHL games, going 215-220-435 in that time. He played in the 2000 All-Star game and was part of a couple of very interesting trades involving Edmonton:

  • Traded to Edmonton by Boston with Sean Brown and Boston’s 1st round choice (Mathieu Descoteaux) in 1996 Entry Draft for Bill Ranford, January 11, 1996.
  • Traded to NY Islanders by Edmonton for Dan Lacouture, August 25, 1997.

Czerkawski was born in Radomsko, Poland and had a fine career. He’s best remembered as an Oiler for being a part of the 96-97 team (76gp, 26-21-47) that boasted 10 excellent young forwards 25 and under (they were: Doug Weight, Ryan Smyth, Jason Arnott, Czerkawski, Todd Marchant, Mike Grier, Rem Murray, Dean McAmmond, Miroslav Satan, Mats Lindgren) and beat Dallas 4-3 in the opening series (won game 7 April 29, 1997 in the third OT game of that series all won by the Oilers).

He was skilled perimeter player who once found himself being sent to the minors and forced to play his way back to the show. He did just that, showing some jam. Married a pretty girl (Izabella Scorupco) and generally seemed to enjoy himself in the spotlight.

Czerkawski played 42 times for the Polish national ice hockey team and scored 24 goals and would have to be considered in any discussion of the greatest players from this country.

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10 Responses to "Czerkawski Concerto Fades"

  1. James Mirtle says:

    He’s the Polish Gretzky, LT.

    Oliwa doesn’t offer a lot of competition, apparently. Wolski on the other hand…

  2. Dennis says:

    Sunday afternoon and G6 of the ’97 showdown vs Dal with the Oilers inexplicably leading the series 3-2, Oilers trailing by one in the dying seconds of the second period and Ron Lowe for some reason throws out the Chow-Lindgren-Grier line for an offensive zone faceoff.

    Lindgren wins the draw clean and Supers Marisuz scores with less than three seconds to go in the second period.

    Another intermission trip to the beer store;)

  3. Bruce says:

    At 50 points, Mariusz Czerkawski has one of the all-time great Scrabble names in NHL history.

    At least until Oil Kings prospect J.P. Szaszkiewicz makes the show.

  4. James Mirtle says:

    Sidorkiewicz has to be up there, too.

  5. Oilman says:

    Don’t forget Zarley Zalapski

  6. Chris says:

    I’ll always love ya, Mariusz!!!

  7. HBomb says:

    At 50 points, Mariusz Czerkawski has one of the all-time great Scrabble names in NHL history.

    Did you know if you use Stan Weir’s name is Scrabble, it ALWAYS ends up being a triple word score?

    True story. Don’t ask me how, just does….

  8. garnet says:

    Also may be the only Oiler to date a Bond girl. Unless Stan Weir has a Maud Adams story he’s kept to himself.

  9. Oilman says:

    that’s because Stan Weir spells his name ZZZZ Q ZZZZ, and no one is brave enough to correct him.

  10. Oilman says:

    Also may be the only Oiler to date a Bond girl.

    Only because Mike Comrie wasn’t on the team yet…ba dum ching!

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