He has spent the past five full seasons in the American Hockey League (369 games, 221 points, 186 assists) but did not reach the NHL after leaving CC following his junior season.
The team plays it home games in Vojens, a small town of 7,655 in the southernmost part of Jutland.
The hockey arena seats 5,000. It is the only pro team in Denmark to play on an NHL-sized ice sheet.
The forward from Anchorage, Alaska, spent the past season with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads after four years at Colorado College.
In 71 games with the Steelheads, Rapuzzi recorded 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists) and was named ECHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season.
The Lions placed fifth out of 10 teams in the second-tier Swiss league. Visp is located in southcentral Switzerland.
Forward David Civitarese was sent down from Italy’s Bolzano (two assists, 13 games) of the Austrian 1 league to Kitzbuhel of the Austrian 3 league where he has 13 points (eight goals) in five games.
Center Nick Dineen is in Lillehammer, Norway where he has 19 points (16 assists) in 23 games. Blue-liner Gabe Guentzel has six points (three goals) in nine games for Ritten/Renon of the top Italian league.
Wing Tyler Johnson has 12 points (seven goals0 in 13 games for Sweden’s Vasterviks. Also in Sweden is forward Bill Sweatt, who has eight points (five assists) in 25 games for Brynas.
Defenseman Brian Salcido has three assists in 19 games for Amur Khabarovsk (Siberia) of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Forward Stephen Schultz has 23 points (15 assists) in 23 games for Kaufbeuren of the German second league.
Center Mike Testwuide has 22 points (11 goals) in 22 games for Anyang Halla (Seoul, S. Korea) of the Asian League.
Goalie Matt Zaba has a .915 saves percentage (third in the league) and a 2.41 goals against mark for the 16-10-3-0 Vienna Capitals of the top Austrian league.
David Civitarese has an assist in three games for Bolzano of Italy, which is in the Austrian top league, which includes teams from The Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia.
Thanks to his dual Italian-Canadian citizenship, Civitarese does not count as an import for the club. Goalie Matt Zaba (2.36 gaa, .921 saves) is in the same league with the Vienna Capitals while Mike Boivin (two points, three games) and Mark Cullen (two points, three games) play for Salzburg.
Jimmy Kilpatrick recorded three points (two assists) in his first game for Neumarkt/Egna of the Austrian tier-2 league in northern Italy. Gabe Guentzel had a goal and assist in his opening game for Ritten/Renon of the top Italian league.
Colorado Springs forward Ben Holmstrom cleared waivers and is in training camp with AHL Adirondack (Flyers affiliate).
Kris Fredheim and Cody Lampl (under contract with ECHL Toledo) are both on AHL St. John’s training camp roster.
Most European training camps are well underway.
Former Tiger Andy Canzanello, pictured trying to deflect a teammate’s shot, is entering his seventh season with the Straubing Tigers in Germany. He tallied 14 points (10 assists) in 30 games last season.
Colin Stuart returned from overseas to sign with the American Hockey League’s Utica (N.Y.) Comets for a one-year deal. His stats were 21 points (12 assists) in 45 games for the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany in 2012-13.
Chris Hartsburg was hired this offseason to be an assistant coach for the Erie Otters of the Canadian major junior Ontario Hockey League.
Former 2009-10 CC captain Mike Testwuide signed a two-year deal with a two-year option to play for the Asian League’s Anya Halla, a team located in the Anyang suburb of Seoul, South Korea. Former Tiger Alex Kim led that team to the 2010 league title.
Testwuide recorded five points in 28 games in the AHL due to injury last season. He played defense for Team USA in an Australia-New Zealand exhibition series earlier this summer.
He will be joined in Anyang by former Pikes Peak Miners teammate Jeff Dimmen of Colorado Springs, who also signed a two-year deal. Dimmen, a former Maine standout defenseman, played two years in the AHL. Both arrived in Anyang on Aug. 5 judging from an article via Google translate.
Former Tiger defenseman Brian Salcido has left after three years with the Finland A league’s SaiPa and signed with Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. The transfer from SaiPa was confirmed on May 13.
Khabarovsk is located in eastern Siberia northeast of China and west of the Kamchatka peninsula.
Jimmy Kilpatrick has signed with Neumarkt of the Italy league. He played last season in Germany for the Hannover Indians, recording 28 points (18 assists) in 33 games.
His new team will open league play against Ritten Sport (Gabe Guentzel‘s new team) on Aug. 31.
Here is an interview piece written by the team and translated from German to English by Google:
The new hope in the storm of wild geese has a name: Jimmy Kilpatrick. The 28-year-old center from the U.S. changes from the Hannover Indians into the lowlands. We have conducted an interview with Kilpatrick in advance and asked him about his transfer to HC Neumarkt Riwega.
Can you tell us briefly your impressions from last season in Hanover?
Hanover is a great city and the Indians have really loyal fans. The hockey in the Bundesliga is a very good level. The whole season for us was a roller-coaster ride, we finally have missed the playoffs.
I’ve heard good about the HC Neumarkt only. I have been told of a small village with great enthusiasm Hockey, a new stadium and a very well-run club. I love the mountains and already looking forward to my first trip to Italy.
Honestly, I do not know really what to expect. The fact that Neumarkt take part in the INL, will certainly raise the level and simultaneously provide viewers with spectacular hockey.
With what objectives you start into the new adventure?
I have only one goal: to celebrate with the team as many victories as possible. Of course I would love to play the playoffs, especially happen in this championship phase everything and everyone can beat anyone. Personally, I will continue to develop on the ice and at the same time absorb everything new. Starting from contact with the fans, new acquaintances and a foreign culture for me.
Former Tiger defenseman Calvin Elfring, the last of the 1995-96 NCAA runner-up squad still playing professionally, has signed with the Belfast Giants as he expected when last we talked in April.
He hoped to take advantage of the league’s master degree program, which pays for school at a nearby university, as he approaches retirement.
“I didn’t expect I would be 37 and still playing,” he said. “I just never wanted to give it up. I still love coming to the rink.”
He played 12 seasons in Germany, mostly with the Straubing Tigers where he recorded 17 points (13 assists) in 42 games as captain last season.
He joins former CC forward Brian McMillin who signed with England’s Coventry Blaze earlier this summer.
Past Tigers in the Elite Ice Hockey League are Noah Clarke (Belfast) last season and Alex Kim in 2011-12.
Most European training camps are already underway.
Former Tiger and 2003 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Peter Sejna is entering his second season playing for the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Switzerland National League A (top league).
He recorded 34 points (20 goals) in 47 regular season games last season.
The left wing, listed at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, also tallied six points (four goals) in 12 games to help the club, founded in 1945, avoid relegation to the Swiss B league.
The Slovakian enters his seventh pro campaign in Switzerland after splitting time between the AHL Peoria Rivermen (39 games) and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues (21 games) during the 2006-7 season.