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  • Tigers in Europe: Guentzel, Rau, Salcido

    Sat, July 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    brian_salcido_jyp-3xAfter playing last season with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL and JYP in Finland, former Tigers defenseman Brian Salcido will play for Saipa (Finland) next season.

    Former Tigers defenseman Gabe Guentzel, who played in northern Italy last season, moved on to Asplöven of the Swedish Tier II league (Allsvenskon) in northern Sweden. linzThe city of 4,856 is adjacent to Tornio, Finland (22,535 population).

    Forward Chad Rau is headed to to Austria to play for the Linz (Liwest) Black Wings after several seasons in the AHL and nine games in the NHL (Wild).

  • Brian Connelly signs with Swedish team

    Sun, July 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    connelly action rockfordFormer Tigers defenseman Brian Connelly signed a one-year contract with Leksand of the top Sweden league last week.

    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.

  • Dineen heads to Denmark league

    Fri, July 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Dineen celebrationFormer Tigers captain Nick Dineen recently signed a one-year contract to play for Sonderjysk Elitesport of Denmark’s Elite League. Terms were not disclosed.

    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.

  • Former captain Rapuzzi signs with Swiss team

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    visp_logo_1314_210x160RapuzziSwiss B League member EHC Visp announced it signed former Tigers captain William Rapuzzi , 24, for the upcoming season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    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.

  • Catching up with some Tigers overseas

    Wed, December 4, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    michael_boivin_salzburgFormer Tigers defenseman Michael Boivin has 11 points (eight assists) in 29 games for Salzburg of the Austrian 1 league.  The Red Bulls lead the league with a 19-6-2-2 record.

    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.

    SONY DSCForward Jimmy Kilpatrick is playing well for the Neumarkt/Egna team in the Austrian No. 2 league with 20 points (13 assists) in 15 games.

    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.


  • In the pros: Civitarese, Connelly, Fredheim, Guentzel, Kilpatrick, Lampl, Rau, Zaba

    Tue, September 24, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Chad Rau (2)Former Tigers Brian Connelly and Chad Rau, pictured, were put on waivers by the Minnesota Wild with hopes of assigning them to the AHL’s Iowa Wild (formerly Houston Aeros).

    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.

  • In the pros: Andy Canzanello still a Tiger; Colin Stuart, Chris Hartsburg return home

    Sat, August 31, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    14.10.2011 Straubing - IserlohnThis is the latest installment catching CC fans up with where their favorites from the past are playing professional hockey overseas.

    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.

  • In the pros: Mark Cullen teammates with Mike Boivin; Testwuide, Dimmen sign with same South Korean team

    Fri, August 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cullen_RedBullFormer Tiger 2001-02 captain Mark Cullen is entering his second season with EC Salzburg in Austria, where he will be teammates with 2013 CC graduate Mike Boivin.

    Testwuide MUGThe forward recorded 24 points (16 assists) in 31 games after trade from a KHL team last season. He played six games for the Florida Panthers during the 2011-12 season before heading overseas.

    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.

  • In the pros: Brian Salcido enters KHL; Jimmy Kilpatrick in Italy

    Thu, August 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Brian_Salcido_2012_2This is the third  of a few installments catching CC fans up with where their favorites from the past are playing professional hockey overseas.

    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.

    kilpatrick logoWhat prompted you to move to Neumarkt?

    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.

    kilpatrick_portraitWhat do you know about the Italian Ice Hockey?

    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.

  • In the pros: Two Tigers head to Great Britain

    Wed, August 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    ElfringThis is the second of a few installments catching CC fans up with where their former favorites are playing professional hockey overseas. Most European training camps are already underway.

    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.