Tanski, who was born in Athabasca, Alberta, will be entering his seventh season of professional play. Last season, he registered 19 points (11g-8a) and 16 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games with the South Carolina Stingrays. Tanski also added a goal and four penalty minutes in nine postseason games for the Stingrays, who advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals before getting knocked off by the Colorado Eagles.
This marks Tanski’s second stint in Reading. He was originally picked up by the Royals on Dec. 1, 2015, in a future considerations transaction with the Orlando Solar Bears. Tanski quickly proved to be an important component of the 2015-16 Royals’ team—both on and off the ice. On it, he racked up 19 points (10g-9a) and 24 penalty minutes in 51 regular-season games for the Royals. He added a goal in eight postseason games for the team, which advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before getting knocked off in a Game 7 overtime loss to the Wheeling Nailers. Tanski plied his ‘take-no-prisoners’ style off the ice, as well, quickly becoming one of the Royals all-time fan favorites for his untiring efforts in the community. He received the Royals’ Community Service Award at the conclusion of his year—on an almost unanimous vote.
Tanski’s devotion to working off the ice in Reading was basically continuation of his experience in Orlando, where in many ways he was the face of the team within the community from the time the Solar Bears joined the ECHL. In his time with Orlando, he played a team-record 152 games, recording 59 points (27g-32a) and 106 penalty minutes for the organization.
Tanski began his pro career in the AHL, playing 68 games with the Connecticut Whale in 2011-12. Prior to turning pro, Tanski played 219 games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, picking up 133 points (53g-80a). In 2008-09, Tanski and his Battalion teammates made it all the way to the OHL Finals before being knocked off by a Windsor Spitfire team that would also go on to win the Memorial Cup. In his final year of major junior, Tanski led the Battalion with 47 points (18g-29a) in 67 games.