Philadelphia Flyers right wing DANNY BRIERE, the 35-year-old veteran who won a pair of gold medals skating with Canada at the annual IIHF World Championships in 2003 and 2004 (18 ga, 6 go, 17 pts) while still under contract to the Buffalo Sabres, was the top-scoring NHL Lock-Out Refugee to have skated in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this 2012/13 season.
Eleven National Hockey League players in all, including five Olympic veterans of the Germany national team, spent their idle time waiting for the labor situation in the North America to be resolved by competing in the 14-team Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season.
It is always interesting to see how the crack NHL stars perform against European competition, be it at an international tournament such as the Winter Olympic Games or, perhaps, in domestic league play. History will note that DANNY BRIERE, who had spent the entire 2004/05 campaign with SC Bern in Switzerland when the NHL was previously shut down by labor difficulties, finished his second European adventure as the highest scoring NHL Exile in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season while skating with defending champion Eisbaeren Berlin. Those who observed regularly can testify the commendable NHL veteran also did yeoman’s work in his own defensive zone (particularly on face-offs) during his appreciated time with Eisbaeren.
The contributions of Buffalo Sabres rearguard CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the three-time Germany Olympic defenseman with the $ 40.0 million dollar contract in the NHL, to the cause of re-energized Krefeld Pinguine in the D.E.L. this term were incredible and will also not soon be forgotten, either.
2012/13 D.E.L. Season – NHL Refugee Scoring Chart
34 pts … 10 go … 24 as … 21 ga …… D. BRIERE, Eisbaeren Berlin
27 pts ….. 8 go … 19 as … 32 ga …… C. EHRHOFF, Krefeld Pinguine
20 pts ….. 6 go … 14 as … 15 ga …… B. WHEELER, EHC Red Bull Munich
20 pts ….. 7 go … 13 as … 19 ga …… J. BENN, Hamburg Freezers
20 pts ….. 2 go … 18 as … 26 ga …… D. SEIDENBERG, Adler Mannheim
19 pts ….. 4 go … 15 as ….. 9 ga …… C. GIROUX, Eisbaeren Berlin
19 pts ….. 4 go … 15 as … 18 ga …… M. GOC, Adler Mannheim
18 pts ….. 7 go … 11 as … 13 ga …… P. STASTNY, EHC Red Bull Munich
16 pts ….. 2 go … 14 as … 21 ga …… A. SULZER, ERC Ingolstadt
12 pts ….. 7 go ….. 5 as ….. 7 ga …… J. POMINVILLE, Adler Mannheim
3.47 avg …. 90.5% svpct …. 9 ga …… T. GREISS, Hannover Scorpions
Goaltender THOMAS GREISS with the Hannover Scorpions
The resolution of the so-called “Lock-Out” in the National Hockey League, of course, means that the national team of Germany will not be able to call upon its NHL-Stars for the upcoming Olympic Qualification tournament to be held in Bietigheim-Bissingen next month. The Germans, to review, will host a round robin tournament involving neighboring Austria, Italy and the Netherlands in early February with the winner earning the right to skate at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be hosted by Sochi, Russia. Obviously, the rival Austrians will also have to soldier on without the likes of Buffalo Sabres left wing THOMAS VANEK, the NHL All-Star who has been stationed with EC Graz 99ers in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga this season …
Boston Bruins rearguard DENNIS SEIDENBERG, the three-time Germany Olympic defenseman who was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (# 172 overall) of the 2001 National Hockey League Draft and then celebrated the Calder Cup title with the Philadelphia Phantoms at the conclusion of the 2004/05 American Hockey League season, skated in a total of 30 games (3 go, 23 pts) in all competitions (Deutsche Eishockey Liga, European Trophy, Spengler Cup) for Adler Mannheim this term before the NHL “Lock-Out” was finally settled.