Senior Spotlight: Michal Biben

Michal Biben, forward number 16, has finally completed his undergraduate time here at the University of Delaware. Originally from Prague, Czech Republic, Biben has been a memorable player and teammate for the Blue Hens. On the ice he would describe himself as a quick skater with on point passing and as always having high energy. Michal is a business analytics major. His hockey career started at the age of five when his parents brought him to his first learn to skate at the rink near their apartment. At the learn to skate, he saw kids on the other side of the ice playing with sticks and pucks and knew then he wanted to get involved. His parents signed him up for the club team soon after. The first team number 16 played for was the HC Hvězda Praha, or Star Prague. Michal’s favorite team memory is during his first game as a Blue Hen, when they went against University of Pittsburgh and beat them in the second game of the weekend series at home. 

Even from being across the world in Prague, Biben knew he wanted to play for University of Delaware after seeing the facilities and the rink when he came for a tour. He stated, “In addition, the successful history of the program made it an easy choice for me.” According to himself, Michal’s greatest hockey achievement thus far was from when he was playing U16 in Czechia. He was selected to play for the regional team where they went on to compete in the national tournament and finished second amongst all the other regions. Although it can be a hard choice, Biben’s favorite team to play against during the season is the Stony Brook Seawolves. Every game is just as exciting as the one before it. His advice for current and future team members is to “get involved in other activities outside of hockey when the season is over, like joining clubs or getting different internship experiences,” he said. He believes it is important to balance the sport you love with life and school. 

Biben’s biggest inspiration in his life is his grandfather. Without his grandfather’s hard work he would not have been so lucky as to have played hockey and study at a university in the United States. When asked about his future plans after graduation he said “I do not have a clear cut plan. I could look at jobs in the US, back home in Czechia, or somewhere else in Europe.” He plans on keeping all his options open and seeing where the future leads him. We are sad to say goodbye to number 16 but wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!