Even so, the 2022-23 season hasn’t gone the way Čiernik had hoped. The plan was to play a substantial role with Södertälje SK in HockeyAllsvenskan, the Swedish second-tier professional men’s league, but instead, he was sent on loan to Västervik.
It’s still the HockeyAllsvenskan – but Västervik has been the worst team in the league. Södertälje, meanwhile, has proven themselves to be one of the league’s better sides. Maybe even a team with an outside chance at earning promotion to the SHL for next season.
What follows is a question-and-answer style interview with Čiernik about his transition to the HockeyAllsvenskan, the draft, and a whole lot else: