Spirko Latest Sioux Player To Depart

The outflow of players from Grand Forks, N.D., continued as Rastislav Spirko became the fourth North Dakota player to leave school after the end of the 2005-06 season.

Spirko, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Slovakia, confirmed that he will play professionally in Europe next season, joining Travis Zajac, Matt Smaby and Drew Stafford as Sioux underclassmen who will not be with the team in the fall.

“I’m going to play in Europe, but I don’t know for sure where yet,” Spirko told the Grand Forks Herald. “It might be Slovakia, but it might be somewhere else in Europe.”

Spirko, who tallied 16-21–37 as a freshman, followed that up with 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in his sophomore year of 2005-06.