BRYAN WILSON – 11.30.2023

Adam Klapka is surging in his sophomore season with the Wranglers.

Heading into action this weekend, Klapka currently leads the team with eight goals and sits third in team scoring with 14 points in 18 games.

Listed at 6-foot-7 and 230 lbs., Klapka is often heralded for his size but, even as a kid, the Prague, Czechia native has always fancied himself as more of an offensive threat.

“Since I was a kid, I always scored goals for my team. I just always tried to shoot the puck,” Klapka explained.

“I’ve always been more of a shooter than a passer,” he continued. “I feel I have the skill to shoot the puck and I believe in that skill and try to put the puck on net as much as possible. A few times it’s gone in this season, so I’m happy about that.”

Size, strength, and a nose for the net are desirable attributes that make the 23-year-old a tantalizing option on the man-advantage, especially as a net-front presence.

Klapka notched five powerplay goals in 60 games last season and – just 18 games into the new campaign – he already has three extra-strength tallies to his credit.

“I appreciate getting time on the powerplay, it’s awesome,” said Klapka. “It’s helping me to gain confidence, knowing how to get to the net and how to put the puck on net.”

Klapka turned a lot of heads during Flames training camp with the strides he took over the summer and he’s continued to develop his game early on in his second pro season.

As for what he’s focused on currently, Klapka just wants to grow all aspects of his game.

“Every day I just want to get better,” he explained. “I’m working on everything, nothing specifically, but I’m just working at everything that I think I can be better at in order to be a better player.”

Roster call-ups have been a consistent reality this season with the Flames calling up multiple Wranglers players for varying stints in the NHL.

Like many of his teammates, Klapka is eager to get his shot, too – however, he is showing a patient and mature approach to realizing his dream, and he’s doing so by being present, staying in the moment, and just focusing on what he can control day-to-day as an important member of the Wranglers.

“Every guy on this team is working hard to get a chance with the Flames, but I’m just focused on the Wranglers right now, trying to get results and get points in the standings,” said Klapka. “So, I’m not really thinking about it right now, just focusing on my game, and if I play good here the rest will take care of itself.”