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Eisbaeren Berlin Beats Adler Mannheim In 100th D.E.L. Meeting


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Adler Mannheim captain MARKUS KINK (17), the 28-year-old left wing who will be skating for Germany at the upcoming Olympic qualification tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen, chases after Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s Jubilaeum-Duell at the sold-out SAP Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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2006 Germany Olympic left wing FLORIAN BUSCH scored a spectacular goal on solo rush early into the third period and current national team netminder ROB ZEPP turned aside fourteen shots the rest of the way as visiting defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN held off legitimate title contenders ADLER MANNHEIM in the 100th all-time meeting between the two rival Deutsche Eishockey Liga clubs.

Zepp made 39 saves in all while defensemen CONSTANTIN BRAUN and FRANK HOERDLER as well as captain ANDRE RANKEL also scored goals for Eisbaeren Berlin in Baden-Wuerttemberg. All four players, along with veteran Eisbaeren defenseman JENS BAXMANN, have made the final cut for the Germany national team which will be hosting the Winter Olympic Games qualification tournament starting February 7th in Bietigheim-Bissingen. Rankel is currently tied for fourth on the scoring chart in the German top flight this season having registered 16 goals and 44 points in 37 D.E.L. games.

Canadian legionnaire MIKE GLUMAC, the 32-year-old former Miami University right wing who once skated 40 NHL games (7 go, 13 pts) for the St. Louis Blues before arriving in Baden-Wuerttemberg to begin the 2010/11 season, tallied twice for Adler Mannheim on the power play and took his team-leading total in the D.E.L. this term to 17 goals; veteran winger RONNY ARENDT also scored for the home side on a penalty shot after being hauled down from behind in the second period.

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Adler Mannheim forward RONNY ARENDT, the 32-year-old veteran who is skating his eighth season with the Baden-Wuerttemberg club now after beginning his senior career with ES Weisswasser in the 2.Bundesliga, is hooked down from behind by Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER (7) during the so-called Jubilaeum-Duell.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE, the 28-year-old center who was recently signed by the defending D.E.L. champion from Finnish club TPS Turku, had his best outing since arriving in Germany and collected three assists against the hosting Adler Mannheim in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The result of the contest watched by a sell-out crowd of 13,600 spectators at the SAP Arena left the two rival clubs deadlocked at 50 victories apiece in the long-running Deutsche Eishockey Liga feud which first began in 1994. Adler Mannheim have now outscored Eisbaeren Berlin 318-305 in the one hundred matches played between the two sides, it should be noted for the record. The defending D.E.L. champions, however, did win three of the four regular season contests with die Adler this term.

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100th D.E.L. meeting
ADLER MANNHEIM vs EISBAEREN BERLIN
February 1, 2013

08:49 … MAN – Glumac 16 (Y. Seidenberg, MacDonald) – ppg
14:15 … BER – C. Braun 5 (Locke, Foy) – ppg
17:42 … BER – Hoerdler 7 (Tallackson, Busch)
31:55 … MAN – Arendt 6 – penalty shot
34:53 … BER – Rankel 16 (Hoerdler, Locke)
43:19 … BER – Busch 8 (Locke, Sharrow)
53:33 … MAN – Glumac 17 (MacDonald, Sifers) – ppg

ADLER MANNHEIM : Endras – Bittner, Wagner ; Belle, Sifers ; N. Goc, Kettemer – Kink, Magowan, Mitchell ; Y. Seidenberg, MacDonald, Glumac ; Plachta, Lehoux, Mauer ; Foster, Ullmann, Arendt ; El-Sayed

EISBAEREN BERLIN : Zepp – Hoerdler, Talbot ; C. Braun, Sharrow ; Supis, Haase – Busch, Olver, Tallackson ; Rankel, Locke, Arniel ; L. Braun, Christensen, Foy ; Ty Mulock

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Eisbaeren Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH (center) receives congratulations from Germany national team defensemen CONSTANTIN BRAUN (90), American import JIMMY SHARROW (3) as well as Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE after splitting the Adler Mannheim defense to net his eighth goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season.

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Buffalo Sabres Have Second Thoughts, New Contract For Jochen Hecht


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Now that the “Lock-Out” situation in the National Hockey League has finally been ended, the BUFFALO SABRES have re-examined their decision this past summer to not offer a new contract to three-time Germany Olympic left wing JOCHEN HECHT.

This after the 35-year-old veteran and suffered through an injury-plagued season and skated in just 22 NHL games (4 go, 8 pts) for Buffalo during the 2011/12 campaign. And so Hecht, who had just finished collecting on a deal which paid out $ 14.1 million dollars over four years, became a free agent on the open market. But in spite of 782 NHL games (181 go, 449 pts) worth of experience, the native of Mannheim was unsuccessful at latching on with another club in North America’s premier league.

In mid-December, Hecht returned to Germany and signed with the only Deutsche Eishockey Liga club he has ever skated for. The veteran national team performer then formed a devastating partnership with locked-out Buffalo Sabres captain JASON POMINVILLE, his longtime NHL teammate, for Adler Mannheim in the German elite league. Five goals and 13 points in just six D.E.L. contests this season strongly hinted that, perhaps, the NHL club from upstate New York had made a very correctable mistake in the case of Hecht.

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Adler Mannheim’s veteran left wing JOCHEN HECHT (55), who was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (# 49 overall) of the 1995 National Hockey League Draft, earned another contract in the National Hockey League with the Buffalo Sabres on the heels of an outstanding display this term in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
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Adler Mannheim, quite naturally, were stung by the return of Hecht to the National Hockey League as the current table-toppers in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga have now seen four skaters — Hecht, Pominville as well as center MARCEL GOC and defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG — all depart the club in Baden-Wuerttemberg for North America in one eventful week.

The national team of Germany and its effort to qualify for the final tournament of the ice hockey competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia also lost one potential contributor when the Buffalo Sabres re-signed Hecht. The Germans, to review, will host a very important Olympic qualification tournament involving neighboring Austria, Italy and the Netherlands next month in Bietigheim-Bissingen. A total of six German players including Hecht, Olympic veterans all of them, have now left Deutsche Eishockey Liga clubs this past week and will defintely not be available to national team trainer PAT CORTINA (EHC Red Bull Munich) for the vital Olympic qualifying matches in February.

Wie schade!

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Experienced NHL veteran left wing JOCHEN HECHT has appeared with Germany at eleven major international tournaments (58 ga, 15 go, 22 pts) over the course of his accomplished career, which includes appearances at the Winter Olympic Games hosted by Japan in 1998, the United States in 2002 and Canada in 2010 (above).

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2012 Spengler Cup All-Star Selections


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Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44), the Germany national team number one who split last season with the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League and Finnish elite league side IFK Helsinki, has a look up at the scoreboard during the heavy 6-2 loss to tournament host club HC Davos in the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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2012 SPENGLER CUP
Tournament All-Stars
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goal ……… Dennis ENDRAS, Adler Mannheim (Ger)
defense …. Santeri ALATALO, HC Davos (Switz)
defense …. Dennis SEIDENBERG, Alder Mannheim (Ger)
forward ….. Matt DUCHSENE, Canada
forward ….. Patrick KANE, HC Davos (Switz)
forward ….. Julien SPRUNGER, HC Fribourg Gotteron (Switz)

HC Davos add-on right wing PATRICK KANE, the locked-out NHL star who earned a silver medal with the United States at the Winter Olympic Games and then lifted the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks in 2010, was an easy choice for the 2012 Spengler Cup All-Star team after scoring four goals to top the tournament chart.

Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS was obviously selected on the strength of the 34 shots he saved in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club’s stunning 2-1 triumph over eventual tournament champion Canada on the opening day of play at the 2012 Spengler Cup.

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Adler Mannheim’s three-time Germany Olympic defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (4), the NHL refugee who was an important component on the Boston Bruins club that captured the coveted Stanley Cup trophy in 2011, fights to dispossess the puck from Canada right wing JASON WILLIAMS (29), the 32-year-old veteran who skated in 455 NHL games (94 go, 255 pts) over parts of eleven seasons with several clubs before signing with Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Ambri-Piotta just this past summer, during the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.

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2012 Spengler Cup – Quarterfinal ……………… HC Fribourg Gotteron 5 – Adler Mannheim 2


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HC Fribourg Gotteron’s locked-out Canadian legionnaire DAVID DESHARNAIS (51), the 26-year-old center who had a career-year in the National Hockey League with 16 goals and 60 points for the Montreal Canadiens last season, seeks to protect the puck from the stick of Adler Mannheim’s add-on NHL refugee LUCA SBISA (5) during the Spengler Cup quarterfinal contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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A shorthanded goal less than three minutes in set the tone for the match while two more third period strikes slammed the door shut as Nationalliga A leaders HC FRIBOURG GOTTERON eliminated Deutsche Eishockey Liga table-toppers ADLER MANNHEIM 5-2 at the quarterfinal stage of the 2012 Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

Adler Mannheim, who dumped Canada on the opening day of the traditional holiday tournament, were already missing five injured regular players at the Spengler Cup before Germany national team captain MARCEL GOC went down in the Baden-Wuerttemberg club’s last contest against Swiss host HC Davos. Plus, the recently signed free agent JOCHEN HECHT, the veteran NHLer and Germany national team left wing who had made such a fabulous start to his 2012/13 D.E.L. campaign (4 ga, 4 go, 11 pts), had been left off the tournament roster by Adler Mannheim, as well. Perhaps with an eye towards the remainder of the domestic schedule, Adler trainer HAROLD KREIS decided to give Germany national team number one goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS the day off and started talented backup FELIX BRUECKMANN, the 23-year-old who beat Swiss side EV Zug in the European Trophy tournament earlier this season, instead.

HC Fribourg Gotteron entered this Spengler Cup competition missing only two injured skaters, by comparison. Furthermore, the current Nationalliga A leaders had also strenghtened their roster before the tournament with the addition of no fewer than four refugees from the National Hockey League’s on-going labor dispute. Factor in locked-out Montreal Canadiens center DAVID DESHARNAIS, who has totaled 10 points (two goals) in a baker’s dozen Nationalliga A contests for HC Fribourg Gotteron this season, and trainer HANS KOSSMANN’s team were featuring five NHLers, altogether, at this annual post-Christmas ice hockey festival in Switzerland.

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HC Fribourg Gotteron’s American import GREG MAULDIN (20), the 30-year-old winger who has skated 36 NHL games (5 go, 10 pts) for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in his career, scores his second goal at this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament with a shorthanded effort early into the first period against German league-leaders Adler Mannheim at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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One of those four add-on NHLers presented Adler Mannheim with a power play opportunity just 2:07 into this Spengler Cup contest. BRUNO GERVAIS of German 2.Bundesliga club Heilbronner Falken, the former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman who is now under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League, took the tripping penalty to leave HC Fribourg Gotteron shorthanded right away. But it was former NHLer GREG MAULDIN, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst product who is skating his first season in Switzerland after departing the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League this past summer, who made everything okay with a magnificent backhander over the blocker of Brueckmann just 50 seconds later.

Things might have been worse as HC Fribourg Gotteron outshot their German guests 12-8 in the first period with the young Adler Mannheim goaltender doing a decent job of holding the fort. The Swiss league leaders did score again, on the power play, only 1:03 into the second period at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos. 33-year-old veteran left wing BENNY PLUESS, like the American import Mauldin, had also netted in HC Fribourg Gotteron’s convincing 5-1 victory over Russian club Salavat Yulayev Ufa on the opening day of this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament.

Adler Mannheim made a determined effort to get back into the game nearing the halfway point of this Spengler Cup quarterfinal. Right wing FRANK MAUER, the 24-year-old who appeared with Germany at the 2011 IIHF World Championships (5 ga, 0 go, 3 pts), scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season in all competitions for ‘die Adler’ at the 29:18 mark of the match against HC Fribourg Gotteron. Canadian legionnaire YANNICK LEHOUX, the creative 30-year-old center who tops Adler Mannheim with 41 points in all games this term, provided the crucial pass.

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While HC Fribourg Gotteron’s American import GREG MAULDIN (20) jubilates at the side of the goal cage, Canadian legionnaire and currently locked-out Philadelphia Flyers forward MAXIME TALBOT (25) celebrates in front of the net after scoring at the 34:50 mark of the Spengler Cup contest with Adler Mannheim at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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MAXIME TALBOT (25), the 28-year-old who lifted the coveted Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, grabbed what would prove to be the game-winning goal for Swiss club HC Fribourg Gotteron against German side Adler Mannheim in the Spengler Cup quarterfinal contest.
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HC Fribourg Gotteron restored the two-goal advantage, however, with roughly five minutes left in the second period. Add-on NHLer MAXIME TALBOT, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers forward who has been skating with Ilves Tampere in the Finnish league this season (12 ga, 3 go, 6 pts), tallied his first Spengler Cup goal for the Swiss club and dampened the spirits of Adler Mannheim. Desharnais and Mauldin earned the assists for HC Fribourg Gotteron,

The Germans, though, would make a genuine effort to haul themselves back into contention, once again, in the third period. MATTHIAS PLACHTA, the youthful winger who represented Germany at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships, notched his 11th goal of the season in all competitions for Adler Mannheim. American defenseman STEVE WAGNER, the Mankato State (Minn.) University product who appeared in 46 NHL games (4 go, 12 pts) in his career before moving to Adler Mannheim in the summer of 2011, posted his third assist of this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament.

But the Nationalliga A leaders made certain that the Deutsche Eishockey Liga table-toppers did not stay in the hunt for long.

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A pair of goal-scorers come together as Adler Mannheim left wing MATTHIAS PLACHTA (22) tries to prevent the shot of HC Fribourg Gotteron right wing JULIEN SPRUNGER (86), the fourth round NHL draft pick (2004, # 107 overall) of the Minnesota Wild who has represented Switzerland at five major international tournaments (30 ga, 7 go, 10 pts) in his career, during the Spengler Cup quarterfinal contest watched by the sell-out crowd of 6,504 spectators at the Vaillant Arena in Davos.
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Adler Mannheim defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER took a fateful penalty for holding and HC Fribourg Gotteron, once again, met with success on the ensuing power play. Fittingly, it was the veteran Canadian legionnaire CHRISTIAN DUBE, the 35-year-old who skated in 33 NHL games (1 go, 2 pts) for the New York Rangers before signing to play with Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Lugano in the summer of 1999, to fire the goal that effectively broke the back of the D.E.L. club at the 9:07 mark of the final period. Along with the strike from Dube, the leading scorer (33 ga, 11 go, 32 pts) for HC Fribourg Gotteron in the Nationalliga A this season, the NHL refugee Desharnais recorded a second assist of this Spengler Cup match against die Adler.

Switzerland national team right wing JULIEN SPRUNGER, the 26-year-old who had earlier scored in each of HC Fribourg Gotteron’s two group games at this 2012 Spengler Cup, hammered the last nail into the coffin of Adler Mannheim with his third goal of the tournament at the 56:54 mark of the quarterfinal contest in Davos.

Mauldin and Sprunger are now tied for the lead having shot 14 goals in all competitions this term for HC Fribourg Gotteron, who advance to the semifinal and face-off against the select team representing Canada.

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Davos, Switzerland
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HC FRIBOURG GOTTERON : Conz – Abplanalp, Kwiatkowski ; Heins, Birbaum ; Loeffel, Schilt ; Gervais – Sprunger, Pluess, Bykov ; Hornqvist, Dube, Gamache ; Talbot, Desharnais, Mauldin ; Knoepfli, Botter, Vauclair ; Bruegger

ADLER MANNHEIM : Brueckmann – Sifers, D. Seidenberg ; Bittner, Wagner ; M. Maurer, Sbisa ; Kettemer, N. Goc – Pominville, Bonino, Y. Seidenberg ; F. Mauer, Lehoux, Plachta ; Mitchell, MacDonald, Kink ; Hoefflin, El Sayed, Glumac

1-0 … HCFG – Mauldin
2-0 … HCFG – Pluess (Bykov, Sprunger)
2-1 … Adler – F. Mauer (Lehoux, Kink)
3-1 … HCFG – Talbot (Mauldin, Desharnais)
3-2 … Adler – Plachta (El Sayed, Wagner)
4-2 … HCFG – Dube (Desharnais, Hornqvist)
5-2 … HCFG – Sprunger (Pluess)

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2012 Spengler Cup Scoreboard …………………. HC Davos 6 – Adler Mannheim 2


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Adler Mannheim left wing MATTHIAS PLACHTA (22), the 21-year-old forward who received a punishing bodycheck in the second period and would not return, looks to shield the puck from HC Davos defenseman TIM RAMHOLT (6), the 28-year-old Swiss native who skated one game for the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League during the 2007/08 season, during the Spengler Cup contest watched by the sell-out crowd of 6,504 specatators at the Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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Six unanswered goals over the final thirty-six minutes of the contest made sure that the tournament host had its first victory at this competition as Swiss Nationalliga A side HC DAVOS skated away from Deutsche Eishockey Liga leaders ADLER MANNHEIM 6-2 at the 86th edition of the annual SPENGLER CUP in Switzerland.

Adler Mannheim, who had celebrated an emotional triumph at the expense of Canada’s select side on the tournament’s opening day, made a fast, if not fortunate beginning in their second match at the 2012 Spengler Cup. A wide angle slapshot from exiled Boston Bruins defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG bounced off the side of the cage upwards, riccocheted off the back of HC Davos netminder RETO GENONI and landed over the goal line. Seidenberg’s third strike in the colors of Adler Mannheim this season left the Nationalliga A side staring at a 1-0 deficit just 3:18 into the contest.

Everything seemed to going alright, then, for the German club, who outshot their gracious Swiss host 12-9 in the first period of play.

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Adler Mannheim defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (4), the three-time German Olympian who won the coveted Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins a couple of seasons ago, signals his goal very early into the Spengler Cup match with host HC Davos at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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HC Davos, to review, had already bowed in its first game at this 2012 Spengler Cup to Canada by the wide margin of 5-0. After defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER scored his very first goal in any competition of this season for Adler Mannheim just 3:11 into the second period, it appeared as if the host team from Switzerland was heading for yet another loss in this tournament. But things were about to change quickly for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club, who saw Germany national team captain MARCEL GOC, the NHL exile still under contract to the Florida Panthers, go down injured earlier in the first period.

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HC Davos defenseman SANTERI ALATALO (2), the 22-year-old Finn who transferred from HPK Hameenlinna just after the start of this season, completes his check on Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire ADAM MITCHELL (27), the former Colgate University right wing who scored the first goal in the German elite league-leaders’ surprising 2-1 triumph over Canada on the opening day of the tournament, during the Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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NHL refugee PATRICK KANE, the Chicago Black Hawks right wing who has been skating with EHC Biel-Bienne (17 ga, 11 go, 19 pts) in the Swiss Nationalliga A this season while the labor situation in North America goes unresolved, was already proving himself to be a handful for the Adler Mannheim defense. Although the 24-year-old who won a silver medal with the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games would not get his name on the scoresheet, Kane did end up leading HC Davos with six shots on target in the match with Adler Mannheim. Shortly after falling behind by a pair of goals to their German guests, however, it was time for another NHL star to lead the assault for the Spengler Cup tournament host.

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Canada’s 2010 Olympic gold medalist JOE THORNTON (19), the 33-year-old Lock-Out refugee who registered 77 points in 82 NHL games for the San Jose Sharks last season and has posted 31 points in 30 Nationalliga A contests for HC Davos this term, competes for the airborne puck with a pair of Adler Mannheim defenders during the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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It was a nifty pass from Canadian star legionnaire JOE THORNTON that set young forward ENZO CORVI up at close range in the left face-off circle just one minute and four seconds after HC Davos had fallen behind 2-0. After more than four completed periods of ice hockey at the 2012 Spengler Cup, the host team had finally scored itself a goal! It was also a first goal of the entire season for HC Davos by Corvi, the 20-year-old winger who has skated 17 games but gone pointless in the Nationalliga A so far this term.

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HC Davos right wing SVEN RYSER (68) and Adler Mannheim’s guest defenseman LUCA SBISA (5), the locked-out Swiss NHLer borrowed for the tournament from Nationalliga A club HC Lugano, watch as the successful shot from 20-year-old ENZO CORVI (foreground) flies past experienced Germany national team netminder DENNIS ENDRAS (44) at the 24:15 mark of the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena.
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NHL star center JOE THORNTON (19), the veteran Canadian who leads HC Davos with both 23 assists and 31 points in the domestic league this season, celebrates with SVEN RYSER (68), the 22-year-old right wing who transferred to HC Davos from defending Swiss Nationalliga A champion SC Zuerich this past summer, after setting up the first goal of the 2012 Spengler Cup for the tournament’s host squad.
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Thornton, who would be unlucky to hit the post in the third period, and HC Davos were only just getting started, however.

Adler Mannheim’s add-on defenseman LUCA SBISA, the Anaheim Ducks exile who is on loan to the D.E.L. club for the Spengler Cup tournament, took a fateful slashing penalty at the 8:10 mark of the second period. And the hosts took advantage just 35 seconds later although it may have been a case of Lady Luck straightening herself out. After all, it was a centering pass by HC Davos left wing DINO WIESER that was re-directed into his own net by Adler Mannheim’s unfortunate American import JAMIE SIFERS, the former University of Vermont defenseman who skated a combined 37 NHL games (0 go, 2 pts) for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild before signing with the German club from Baden-Wuerttemberg in the summer of 2011.

But Wieser was not through, either …

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DINO WIESER (56), the 23-year-old left wing who represented Switzerland at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships held in the Czech Republic and has scored 10 goals in 33 Nationalliga A games for the Swiss elite league club this season, is congratulated by right wing GREGORY SCIARONI (18) after drawing host HC Davos level with German top flight outfit Adler Mannheim at the 28:45 mark of the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena.
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Less than three minutes after tying the match, the HC Davos winger would give the host club its very first lead of the entire tournament after collecting a loose puck in the center ice area. Wieser burst into the zone at the 31:14 mark of this Spengler Cup contest and whipped a wrist shot from the right face-off circle past Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS and in off upper corner of the post. Although the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club had outshot its Nationalliga A counterpart 16-15 in the second period, it was clearly Adler Mannheim who were on the ropes going into the dressing room for the second intermission.

Flourishing HC Davos duly applied the knockout blow by scoring three goals in the third period. Swedish import LOUI ERIKSSON, the NHL refugee from the Dallas Stars who just started skating in the Nationalliga A (5 ga, 2 go, 5 pts) not so long ago, set the tone for the final twenty minutes with a fabulous bit of skill just 54 seconds after the opening face-off of the third period. Talented youngster GREGORY HOFMANN, the 20-year-old who had five shots on target and impressed with speed throughout the contest, and imported Finnish defenseman SANTERI ALATALO tacked on well-taken goals for the Swiss host, as well.

The shots-on-goal for the game actually finished even at 34-34 but, as is often the case in hockey, hardly told the story of this particular Spengler Cup clash.

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HC Davos winger LOUI ERIKSSON (23), the 2010 Sweden Olympic veteran who totaled 26 goals and 71 points in 82 NHL games for the Dallas Stars last season, goes to the backhand and beats Adler Mannheim’s beleaguered Germany national team goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) at the 40:54 mark of the Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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HC Davos right wing GREGORY HOFMANN (15), the speedy fourth round selection (# 103 overall) of the Carolina Hurricane at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft who is tied for the Swiss club’s leadership with 12 goals scored in the Nationalliga A this season, skillfully swats the rebounding shot out of the air baseball-style to net a spectacular strike at the 48:28 mark of the Spengler Cup contest with German side Adler Mannheim at the Vaillant Arena.
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Finnish defenseman SANTERI ALATALO (2), after joining the rush late and taking an inviting pass from veteran NHL star Joe Thornton, closed out the scoring for Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Davos at the 50:07 mark of the Spengler Cup contest with Deutsche Eishockey Liga opponent Adler Mannheim at the sold-out Vaillant Arena, which is known as the “Eisstadion Davos” to German-speakers.
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Davos, Switzerland
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ADLER MANNHEIM : Endras – Sifers, D. Seidenberg ; Bittner, Wagner ; M. Maurer, Sbisa ; Kettemer, N. Goc – Pominville, M. Goc, Bonino ; F. Mauer, Lehoux, Plachta ; Mitchell, MacDonald, Y. Seidenberg ; Kink, El Sayed, Glumac

HC DAVOS : Genoni – Joggi, Forster ; Grossmann, Alatalo ; Back, Schneeberger ; Ramholt – Ryser, Thornton, Corvi ; Kane, Taticek, Eriksson ; Sykora, Marha, Hofmann ; Wieser, Steinmann, Sciaroni ; R. van Arx

1-0 … Adler – D. Seidenberg
2-0 … Adler – Kettemer (Glumac)
2-1 … Davos – Corvi (Thornton)
2-2 … Davos – Wieser (Steinmann, Back)
2-3 … Davos – Wieser
2-4 … Davos – Eriksson (Taticek)
2-5 … Davos – Hofmann (Sykora, Forster)
2-6 … Davos – Alatalo (Thornton)

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Marcel Goc Goes Out Injured Again As Olympic Qualification Looms


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Adler Mannheim center MARCEL GOC (9) wins the face-off clean against HC Davos veteran pivot PETR TATICEK (17), the Czech Republic import who was a first round pick of the Florida Panthers but only ever skated in exactly three NHL games over the course of his tenure in North America, during the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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Adler Mannheim center MARCEL GOC, the NHL refugee from the Florida Panthers who served as the captain of Germany at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, is expected to be out of action for the next three to four weeks after suffering an ankle injury during the annual Spengler Cup tournament in Switzerland.

Goc, who has registered 19 points (four goals) in 18 Deutsche Eishockey Liga games this season for Adler Mannheim, experienced a tear of the front anterior tibiofibular ligament (“vordere Syndesmoseband” in German) in the first period of the clash with Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Davos and did not return for the remainder of that Spengler Cup contest.

This latest mishap is a third injury already this year for the experienced center, who has represented Germany at nine major international tournaments (51 ga, 8 go, 12 pts) in his career.

The health of Goc is surely of great concern to the national team of Germany, who will host a critical Olympic Qualification tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen which starts in early February of 2013 and involves neighboring Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.

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MARCEL GOC, the 29-year-old native of Calw who was the first round selection (# 20 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2001 National Hockey League Draft and has now skated in 446 NHL games (52 go, 135 pts) to date, has already appeared for Germany at the ice hockey tournament of the Winter Olympic Games in both 2006 and 2010.

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2012 Spengler Cup Scoreboard ………………. Adler Mannheim 2 – Canada 1


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Adler Mannheim defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER (69) and Canada forward BYRON RITCHIE (93) of Swiss club SC Bern, the well-traveled, 35-year-old former National Hockey League performer, struggle to gain control of the puck during the dramatic and surprising Spengler Cup match watched by a capacity crowd of 6,504 spectators at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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A breakaway goal by the newly-signed NHL refugee and stellar goaltending by the national team number one enabled German elite league leaders ADLER MANNHEIM to shock the select team of CANADA 2-1 in overtime on the opening day of play at the 86th edition of the traditionally post-Christmas SPENGLER CUP tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

It was a strong attack from Canada, whose first line featured two players who totaled more than 30 goals and 80 points in the vaunted National Hockey League last season and whose second line included a pair of skaters who each boasted more than twenty goals and sixty points in the NHL last term for the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, that controlled the first period only to be turned aside repeatedly by Adler Mannheim netminder DENNIS ENDRAS. And then the Deutsche Eishockey Liga table-toppers grabbed the first goal of the Spengler Cup contest on the power play late in the opening session, not so long after having effectively killed off the game’s first penalty, themselves. TYLER SEGUIN, the youthful Boston refugee who is the leading goal-scorer in the Swiss elite league for EHC Biel-Bienne this season, had taken the tripping call to leave Canada shorthanded.

Ironically enough, it was Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire ADAM MITCHELL, the 29-year-old veteran who never played professional hockey in North America after concluding his NCAA college career at Colgate University, who sent the German club to the lead at the 15:54 mark. Mitchell tipped the point shot of imported American STEVE WAGNER, the journeyman defender who appeared in 46 NHL games (4 go, 12 pts) over the course of two campaigns for the St. Louis Blues several years ago, past Canada goaltender JONATHAN BERNIER, the backup last season for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Quite naturally, both the sell-out crowd and the Canadian select side at the Vaillant Arena in Davos were completely stunned.

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ADAM MITCHELL (27) notched his ninth goal of this 2012/13 season in all competitions for current German league leaders Adler Mannheim with his power play strike against Canada at the Spengler Cup.
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Now skating a goal to the good, Adler Mannheim continued to stay organized and focused while making sure to get all five players back behind the puck on defense anytime after losing possession. Canada continued to dictate the overall direction of traffic in a penalty-filled second period but had a hard time dealing with both the tenacity of its Deutsche Eishockey Liga opposition as well as it’s own finishing skills. Endras, the first choice for Germany at the last three annual IIHF World Championships, was doing his part between the pipes for Adler Mannheim, as well.

The third period was particularly exciting as Canada sought to level the score. JASON SPEZZA, the exiled Ottawa Senators star who has been skating in the Swiss Nationalliga A with SC Rapperswil-Jona this term, had three excellent chances in the precious slot area but would not be able to connect. Linemate JOHN TAVARES, the New York Islanders sniper who is now with last season’s Nationalliga A beaten playoff finalist SC Bern, had been menacing all contest long but would also be held off the scoresheet in this Spengler Cup contest.

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Adler Mannheim defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER (69), the 26-year-old native of Kaufbeuren who is now in his second season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club from Baden-Wuerttemberg after transferring from the Augsburg Panthers in Bavaria, delivers a punishing blow to a Canada player near the boards at the Vaillant Arena, which is known to German-speakers as the Eisstadion Davos, during the Spengler Cup contest in Switzerland.
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Adler Mannheim might have cooked Canada’s goose by scoring a second goal nearing the halfway point of the final period at the Vaillant Arena in Davos. Unfortunately for the German club, however, the shot from MATTHIAS PLACHTA clanked harmlessly off the post to Bernier’s left. The 21-year-old left wing would again figure very prominently, though, shortly thereafter by drawing a pivotal interference penalty at the 49:10 mark of this Spengler Cup match in Switzerland.

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Adler Mannheim forward MATTHIAS PLACHTA (22) looks to play the puck after colliding with Canada forward TYLER SEGUIN, the Boston Bruins exile who is currently leading the Swiss Nationalliga A in goal-scoring for EHC Biel-Bienne, during the surprising Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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As any quality team would, Canada took full advantage of the critical opportunity with the power play. A beautiful, cross-ice pass from center PATRICE BERGERON of HC Lugano, the 27-year-old veteran who claimed an Olympic gold medal in 2010 and then a Stanley Cup championship with the Boston Bruins in 2011, found his NHL constituent, Seguin, all alone at the other side of the net. Endras was left with absolutely no chance, then, and so the Canucks were level with exactly nine and a half minutes remaining.

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Canada left wing RYAN SMYTH (94), the 36-year-old who has now appeared in 1,151 NHL games after totaling 19 goals and 46 points in 82 games for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2011/12 campaign, cannot put the puck past standout Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) during the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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Oddly enough, it was in the third period that Adler Mannheim came closest to their opponents in the shots-on-goal department (11-9 in favor of Canada). But it was also abundantly clear that this Adler Mannheim team trained by HAROLD KREIS, who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but spent his entire senior career in Deutschland and twice represented West Germany at the Winter Olympic Games during his playing days, was very cautious by nature and would not be troubled if this Spengler Cup match progressed to overtime or, perhaps, even a shootout. With the goaltender Endras in such fine form, the German club had little reason to employ risky, offensive-minded tactics.

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Canada forward JOHN TAVARES of Swiss club SC Bern, the 22-year-old star who scored 31 goals (81 points) for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League last season, is harrassed in front of the net by Adler Mannheim’s add-on defenseman MARCO MAURER, the 24-year-old who was borrowed by the German elite league leaders from reigning Swiss Nationalliga A champion SC Zuerich for this holiday tournament, as Germany national team goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) makes yet another save during the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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Bergeron, who scored 22 goals (64 pts) in the NHL for the Boston Bruins last year, had an enormous chance to be the big hero on the breakaway in overtime but could not negotiate Endras, the Minnesota Wild reject who would finish this Spengler Cup match against Canada with 34 saves for Adler Mannheim.

Wagner, the former Mankato (Minn.) State Univeristy defenseman who signed for the Baden-Wuerttemberg club in the summer of 2011 after departing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League, would make the Canucks pay dearly for that miss roughly half a minute later. A long, pinpoint pass out of the back to Adler Mannheim’s newly-arrived Canadian legionnaire JASON POMINVILLE, the 30-year-old veteran who posted 30 goals and 73 points in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres last season, produced yet another breakaway. This time, there was to be no heart-stopping save from the Canada goaltender.

Pominville’s seventh goal in as many games for Adler Mannheim gave the German elite league leaders a most memorable victory and a belated Christmas present on the first day of the 2012 Spengler Cup tournament.

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Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire JASON POMINVILLE (50), the NHL refugee still under contract to the Buffalo Sabres, wheels away with glee after beating Canada netminder JONATHAN BERNIER (45) of the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on the breakaway in overtime of the Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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2012 SPENGLER CUP
Davos, Switzerland
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CANADA : Bernier – Demers, Walser ; Noreau, Colaiacovo ; DuPont, Barker ; Roche, Kinrade – Gagner, Spezza, Tavares ; Seguin, Bergeron, Ritchie ; McLean, Holden, Smyth ; Micflikier, Duchesne, Williams

ADLER MANNHEIM : Endras – Sifers, D. Seidenberg ; Bittner, Wagner ; M. Maurer, Sbisa ; Kettemer, N. Goc – Pominville, M. Goc, Bonino ; F. Mauer, Lehoux, Plachta ; Mitchell, MacDonald, Y. Seidenberg ; Kink, El Sayed, Glumac

0-1 … Adler – Mitchell (Wagner, MacDonald)
1-1 … Canada – Seguin (Bergeron, Ritchie)
1-2 … Adler – Pominville (Wagner)

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Adler Mannheim players including Germany national team defenseman NIKOLAI GOC (77) and youthful center MARC EL-SAYED, the 21-year-old who represented Deutschland at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships congratulate goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS after the current Deutsche Eishockey Liga leaders upset the Canada national team laden complete with genuine NHL stars on opening day of play at the 86th Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.
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Adler Mannheim – Spengler Cup Guests Include Two NHL Regulars


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Canada star center JOHN TAVARES (20), the exiled New York Islanders sharpshooter who is currently skating with SC Bern in the Swiss Nationalliga A (25 ga, 16 go, 39 pts), struggles to keep his balance before Adler Mannheim’s add-on MARCO MAURER (38), the blueliner borrowed from reigning NLA titlist SC Zuerich, during the dramatic Spengler Cup contest which would require extra time to settle at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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It has long been traditional for clubs competing in the venerable SPENGLER CUP held annually in Davos, Switzerland, to bring along ‘guest’ players in order to strengthen the team’s roster. Nothing has changed, of course, for this 86th installment of the post-Christmas tournament that was initiated by the legendary DR. CARL SPENGLER all the way back in 1923. The regulations governing the Spengler Cup allow for participating clubs to add a maximum of three players who were not already officially registered on the roster.

ADLER MANNHEIM, the current leaders in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, have added their fair share of reinforcements for the 2012 Spengler Cup tournament. Additions which particularly come in handy given all the injuries suffered lately by the Baden-Wuerttemberg club trained by HAROLD KREIS, the former defenseman who represented West Germany at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympic Games back in his day. Two of the three guest players brought on board by Adler Mannheim, promising Switzerland national team defenseman LUCA SBISA and American forward NICK BONINO, were regulars last season for the Anaheim Ducks in the vaunted National Hockey League.

The third guest player for Adler Mannheim at the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos will be defenseman MARCO MAURER, the 24-year-old former HC Servette Geneva rearguard who transferred from SC Rapperswil-Jona to current defending Nationalliga A champions SC Zuerich just this past summer.

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Now 22 years of age, defenseman LUCA SBISA made his senior international debut for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the western Canadian city of Vancouver and has, to date, appeared at three major international tournaments (18 ga, 0 go, 2 pts), including the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, for his homeland.
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Sbisa, who was the first round pick (# 19 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2008 NHL Draft and has never skated even one single professional game in North America below the elite league level, and Maurer are most logical acquisitions for an Adler Mannheim club that is, at present, minus Canadian legionnaires SHAWN BELLE and DOUG JANIK as well as Germany national team defenseman DENNIS REUL. Janik is the defenseman not named Seidenberg on the Baden-Wuerttemberg club with the most NHL experience in his career while the rugged Belle just so happens to be a former NHL 1st round draft choice, himself. Sbisa, who appeared in 80 NHL games (5 go, 24 pts) for Anaheim a year ago, has totaled five goals and eleven points in 28 Nationalliga A contests for HC Lugano this term.

The 24-year-old Bonino had his best professional season a year ago after skating in 50 NHL games and registering five goals and 18 points for the Ducks during a 2011/12 campaign which also saw the former Boston University center compile 22 points (six goals) in 19 contests for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

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Imported American center NICK BONINO (63), the Connecticut native who was the sixth round selection (#173 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2007 National Hockey League Draft, has averaged nearly three points per game while turning out for modest HC Neumarkt Egna a baker’s dozen times (17 go, 38 pts) in the Italian second division this 2012/13 season.

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Adler Mannheim Season Stats – All Games Including European Trophy Tournament


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Adler Mannheim rearguard NIKOLAI GOC (77), the stay-at-home defenseman who has represented Germany at the annual IIHF World Championships the past four years (24 ga, 1 go, 2 pts) consecutively now, is one of only four skaters to have appeared in every single game of every single competition for the Badem-Wuerttemberg club that is currently leading the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this 2012/13 campaign.
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ADLER MANNHEIM – 2012/13 season
D.E.L. and European Trophy stats combined
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40 pts … 13 go … 27 as … 38 ga …… Yannick LEHOUX
25 pts … 15 go … 10 as … 40 ga …… Frank MAUER
24 pts ….. 8 go … 16 as … 38 ga …… Adam MITCHELL
23 pts … 13 go … 10 as … 33 ga …… Mike GLUMAC
21 pts ….. 4 go … 17 as … 19 ga …… Marcel GOC
21 pts ….. 2 go … 19 as … 26 ga …… Dennis SEIDENBERG
21 pts ….. 7 go … 14 as … 39 ga …… Craig MACDONALD
17 pts ….. 9 go ….. 8 as … 30 ga …… Christoph ULLMANN
17 pts ….. 5 go … 12 as … 38 ga …… Yannic SEIDENBERG
17 pts … 10 go ….. 7 as … 39 ga …… Matthias PLACHTA
15 pts ….. 7 go ….. 8 as … 39 ga …… Marcus KINK
13 pts ….. 4 go ….. 9 as … 29 ga …… Ronny ARENDT
13 pts ….. 5 go ….. 8 as … 40 ga …… Steve WAGNER
11 pts ….. 4 go ….. 7 as ….. 4 ga …… Jochen HECHT
11 pts ….. 6 go ….. 5 as ….. 6 ga …… Jason POMINVILLE
10 pts ….. 3 go ….. 7 as … 39 ga …… Doug JANIK

8 pts ……. 3 go ….. 5 as … 30 ga …… Mirko HOEFFLIN
8 pts ……. 1 go ….. 7 as … 40 ga …… Nikolai GOC
7 pts ……. 1 go ….. 6 as … 40 ga …… Jamie SIFERS
5 pts ……. 2 go ….. 3 as … 13 ga …… Ken MAGOWAN
5 pts ……. 0 go ….. 5 as … 27 ga …… Shawn BELLE
5 pts ……. 1 go ….. 4 as … 36 ga …… Marc EL-SAYED
3 pts ……. 0 go ….. 3 as … 28 ga …… Dennis REUL
2 pts ……. 0 go ….. 2 as … 16 ga …… Florian KETTEMER
2 pts ……. 0 go ….. 2 as … 29 ga …… Dominik BITTNER
0 pts ……. 0 go ….. 0 as ….. 6 ga …… Corey Mapes — to Heilbronner Falken
0 pts ……. 0 go ….. 0 as ….. 3 ga …… Richard Gelke — to Heilbronner Falken

2.53 avg … 92.2% sv pct … 30 ga …… Dennis ENDRAS
2.46 avg … 91.8% sv pct … 10 ga …… Felix BRUECKMANN

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Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire MIKE GLUMAC (16), the former University of Miami (Ohio) right wing who skated 40 NHL games (7 go, 13 pts) for the St. Louis Blues, helps tie up an SC Zuerich attacker as Germany national team netminder DENNIS ENDRAS (44) makes the save during the European Trophy contest with the defending Nationalliga A champions earlier this past October at the Hallenstadion in Switzerland.
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ADLER MANNHEIM – 2012 European Trophy
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L …. 0-4 ………… IFK Helsinki (Fin)
W … 2-1 .. (so) … Jokerit Helsinki (Fin)
L …. 2-4 ………… BK Farjestad Karlstad (Swe)
L …. 1-3 ………… IF Vastra Frolunda Goteborg (Swe)
L …. 2-4 ………… ERC Ingolstadt (Ger)
W … 4-3 .. (so) … ERC Ingolstadt (Ger)
L …. 2-3 ………… SC Zuerich (Switz)
W … 5-4 ………… EV Zug (Switz)

Four losses in the first five contests made sure that Adler Mannheim’s bid to qualify for the 2012 Red Bull Salute – European Trophy Finals tournament had effectively concluded by the end of August.

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EV Zug’s Swedish superstar import HENRIK ZETTERBERG (40), the Detroit Red Wings refugee fleeing the “Lock-Out” situation prevailing in North America, is closely watched by both Canadian legionnaire YANNICK LEHOUX (8), the leading scorer for Adler Mannheim who signed from Swedish club Elitserien club SK Sodertalje in the summer of 2011, and three-time Germany Olympic defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (4), the Boston Bruins exile who has returned home to skate in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, during the European Trophy contest this past October at the SAP Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

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Adler Mannheim – D.E.L. Season Stats


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Adler Mannheim’s veteran Canadian legionnaire YANNICK LEHOUX, the very well-traveled, 30-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec, who skated 10 NHL contests (2 go, 4 pts) for the Phoenix Coyotes and later appeared with teams in Russia, Sweden and Switzerland before signing with the Baden-Wuerttemberg club in the summer of 2011, spent Christmas Day of 2012 standing alone at the top of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga scoring chart for the 2012/13 season with 38 points (12 goals) on behalf of the German top flight leaders this term.
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ADLER MANNHEIM – 2012/13 season
Deutsche Eishockey Liga statistics
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38 pts … 12 go … 26 as … 32 ga …… Yannick LEHOUX
20 pts … 11 go ….. 9 as … 25 ga …… Mike GLUMAC
19 pts ….. 4 go … 15 as … 18 ga …… Marcel GOC
19 pts ….. 2 go … 17 as … 25 ga …… Dennis SEIDENBERG
19 pts … 10 go ….. 9 as … 32 ga …… Frank MAUER
19 pts ….. 7 go … 12 as … 32 ga …… Adam MITCHELL
18 pts ….. 6 go … 12 as … 31 ga …… Craig MACDONALD
15 pts ….. 8 go ….. 7 as … 31 ga …… Matthias PLACHTA
13 pts ….. 4 go ….. 9 as … 30 ga …… Yannic SEIDENBERG
13 pts ….. 7 go ….. 6 as … 32 ga …… Marcus KINK
12 pts ….. 4 go ….. 8 as … 23 ga …… Ronny ARENDT
12 pts ….. 5 go ….. 7 as … 32 ga …… Steve WAGNER
11 pts ….. 4 go ….. 7 as ….. 4 ga …… Jochen HECHT
11 pts ….. 5 go ….. 6 as ….. 6 ga …… Jason POMINVILLE
11 pts ….. 6 go ….. 5 as … 22 ga …… Christoph ULLMANN
10 pts ….. 3 go ….. 7 as … 31 ga …… Doug JANIK

7 pts ……. 3 go ….. 4 as … 24 ga …… Mirko HOEFFLIN
6 pts ……. 1 go ….. 5 as … 32 ga …… Nikolai GOC
5 pts ……. 1 go ….. 4 as … 28 ga …… Marc EL-SAYED
5 pts ……. 0 go ….. 5 as … 32 ga …… Jamie SIFERS
4 pts ……. 0 go ….. 4 as … 23 ga …… Shawn BELLE
3 pts ……. 1 go ….. 2 as ….. 8 ga …… Ken MAGOWAN
3 pts ……. 0 go ….. 3 as … 21 ga …… Dennis REUL
2 pts ……. 0 go ….. 2 as … 22 ga …… Dominik BITTNER
1 pts ……. 0 go ….. 1 as … 10 ga …… Florian KETTEMER

As if the additions of the two experienced Germany national team players, center MARCEL GOC (Florida Panthers) and defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (Boston Bruins), earlier this D.E.L. season had not been enough to strengthen the side, ADLER MANNHEIM recently added two more National Hockey League veterans to their roster recently … and, furthermore, three-time Germany Olympic left wing JOCHEN HECHT and Canadian legionnaire JASON POMINVILLE — both of whom spent the last seven years skating for the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League — have done nothing but fill the net full of pucks since their arrival in Deutschland!

2.32 avg … 92.5% svpct … 25 ga …… Dennis ENDRAS
2.40 avg … 92.1% svpct ….. 7 ga …… Felix BRUECKMANN

Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS, the 27-year-old just who returned to Germany this past summer after splitting last season between the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (6 ga, 2.46 avg, .913 svpct) and Finnish elite league outfit IFK Helsinki (31 ga, 2.20 avg, .927 svpct), currently has the third-best save percentage among all shot-stoppers in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga as the Spengler Cup beckons in Switzerland.

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Adler Mannheim’s new goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) did not figure so prominently in the future plans of the Minnesota Wild and so the NHL club sent the Germany national team netminder out on loan to Finnish elite league club Jokerit Helsinki for the remainder of the campaign in late November of 2011.
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Adler Mannheim have certainly experienced their fair share, if not more, of injuries this season already. Boston University product KEN MAGOWAN, the 31-year-old veteran Canadian legionnaire who accumulated 29 goals as well as 61 points after 62 games in all competitions for the Baden-Wuerttemberg club last season, suffered an eye injury after just eight D.E.L. contests this term and has not appeared since. Meanwhile, ‘the hits’ have kept on coming as key players such as Germany national team center CHRISTOPH ULLMANN, Canadian legionnaires SHAWN BELLE and DOUG JANIK as well as Germany national team rearguard DENNIS REUL have all also been knocked out of the line-up recently for the team trained by HAROLD KREIS. 32-year-old veteran right wing RONNY ARENDT is still out with a knee injury, too, and will also not play for the D.E.L.’s Christmas Day leaders, Adler Mannheim, at the 2012 Spengler Cup tournament to be held, as always, in Davos, Switzerland.

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Adler Mannheim’s three-time Germany Olympic defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG, the 31-year-old former sixth round draft pick (2001, # 172 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers who has already skated in 535 National Hockey League games (30 go, 171 pts) and raised the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins during his on-going professional career, leads the Baden-Wuerttemberg club with a +14 plus/minus rating in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season.

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