Tomas Marcinko born 11 April, 1988 in Poprad is a Slovak professional ice hockey forward currently playing center for Chinese club Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Marcinko was selected by the New York Islanders in the 4th round, 115th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior hockey for Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League.
Marcinko grew up playing minor hockey in the Kosice. In sixteen, as a teenager, Tomas Marcinko, has played for HC Kosice of the Extraliga league in Slovakia. As a member of HC Kosice’s U-18, U-20, and pro team, he totaled 58 goals, 64 assists, 122 points, a plus/minus rating of +103, and 154 PIM in 146 games over 3 seasons. Marcinko also had a brief stint as a member of HKm Humenne of the 1.Liga in Slovakia in 2005-2006, amassing 4 points in 5 regular season games and 4 points in 4 playoff games. Marcinko’s best season while playing for HC Kosice came in 2005-06 with the U-20 team, when he had 26 goals, 21 assists, 47 points, a +39 rating, and 50 PIM in 35 games.
Tomas was chosen by Barrie Colts in the first round, 54th overall, of the 2005 CHL Import Draft. Join Barrie in 2006-07. Marcinko spent time with the Canadian team of the OHL and also represented Team Slovakia at the WJCs. In 56 games with the Colts, Marcinko had 19 goals, 21 assists for 40 points and 54 penalty minutes. During season 2007/2008 Marcinko was ranked third on the Barrie Colts (OHL) with 45 points (19+26) while tallying 54 penalty minutes. He was selected to represent Team Slovakia at the World Junior Championships. He was captain in his second year. “Tomas is a very responsible two way player who had a terrific season in 2007-08 with Barrie in the OHL,” said Ryan Jankowski, the Islanders Assistant General Manager and Director of Amateur Scouting. “He was a leader and captain of Barrie after the trade deadline and led his team to an upset victory in the first round of the playoffs this season.” added Jankowski.
Marcinko’s first full season of pro hockey, in 2008/2009 brought very little offensive production on a Bridgeport team that was one of the AHL’s top teams. The large 20-year-old center, playing in a lineup with several AHL veterans, tallied tallied 4 goals with 7 assists and was -3 with 30 PMs in a limited role. Marcinko played in 4 of the 5 playoff games in the Sound Tigers’ first-round loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was scoreless and +1. During next 3 seasons he played for Bridgeport 192 games. 2011/2012, Marcinko had a career-high 21 points in his fourth AHL season– scoring 8 goals with 13 assist.
He was tendered a qualifying offer by the Islanders in June 2012 before signing a contract to play with MoDo in Sweden in 2012/13. He has returned to Europe to play for HC Kosice in Slovakia for the 2012/13 and 2013/2014 season. During 2014 playoffs, he scored 2 goals over 8 games, helping the Kosice to a Slovakian championship. In the same year he was a member of Slovakia olympic hockey team, in Sochi 2014. In the first game against USA, he has been ruled out for the rest of the Olympics because of a lower-body injury.
Next stop in his career was Czech Republic. He played 2 seasons in HC Dynamo Pardubice – club, which has huge and fantastic base. During this seasons he scored 14 goals with 37 assist in 111 games. In champions Hockey League he scored 2 goals and has 3 points in 8 games.
Before 2016/2017 season, he signed contract with Chinese club Kunlun Red Star (based in Beijing) and he is playing first time in Kontinental Hockey League.