Video: 2012 WJC, Div. 1 Group A – Miha Stebih, Slovenia

By Chapin Landvogt

For a player from a fledgling hockey country such as Slovenia, getting noticed by the pro scouts can be a difficult undertaking.  Such is the case for Slovenian defenseman Miha Stebih, who is currently plying his trade with EC Salzburg II in an Austrian league.  Stebih has played in North America previously, having played 44 games and five playoff games for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL in 2010-11.  But Stebih has returned to Europe and is approaching his 20th birthday, so it is unclear what the future holds for him.  At 6’3" and 201 pounds, Stebih certainly has the size that NHL teams look for in a defenseman.  But size alone won’t guarantee a tap on the shoulder from an NHL team, so Stebih will have to work on other aspects of his game to draw more attention to himself.

Stebih talked to HF at the 2012 World Junior Championship held in Germany last month, which is included in this video.