Left winger Ivan Ciernik was born in Levice, Czech Republic on October 30th, 1977. The Ottawa Senators drafted Ciernik 216th overall in the 1996 Entry Draft and after one more season in Europe, which included his second stint with the Slovakian World Junior Team, Ciernik came to North America.
In his first professional season in North America, 1997-98, Ciernik spent 53 games in the minors, but made his NHL debut, suiting up for two games with Ottawa. Four full seasons would pass without Ciernik getting another look at the NHL level. He toiled in the minors spending time in the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League. In 2000-01, he got the call from the Senators again, playing four games for them and scoring his first two NHL points, both coming on goals.
In 2001-02, Ciernik split the early portion of the season between Ottawa and Grand Rapids, before being claimed off of waivers by the Washington Capitals. Upon his arrival with the Caps, Ciernik continued to toil in the minors while seeing limited action in Washington.
Following his stint in Washington, Ciernik spent the next two seasons overseas in the German league with Wolfsburg and Kolner Haie.