Tigers in the minors, overseas update

rothstein ccHere is an update on some former Tigers competing in the North American minors or European leagues based on information on the International Hockey Database (ihdb.com). Some players’ contract status may change soon.

Former Tigers captain Sam Rothstein (pictured above) finished his first full pro season with Italy’s Fassa Falcons of the Alps Hockey League with 37 points (26 assists) in 40 games. He recorded five points in eight ECHL games for the Rapid City Rush after his senior season ended.

Forward Scott Wamsganz returned to action in the BeNeLiga (Belgium/The Netherlands) league where he recorded 46 points in 24 games for Chiefs Leuven. He did not play professionally during the 2016-17 season.

Mike Testwuide, who played for the South Korean Olympic team earlier this year, is now the first foreign-born player to compete for all three Korean teams in the Asia League. The Vail forward signed with the Daemyung Killer Whales in June.

Former CC captain Nick Dineen, 29, is entering the final year of a two-year deal with Lillehammer in the Norway league. Now entering his seventh season playing in Europe, the father has 114 points in 116 games for Lillehammer. He had 107 points in 114 Germany 2 league games as well.

Defenseman Cody Lampl signed a two-year deal with Adler Mannheim of the top German league this offseason. The fan favorite played the past three seasons with the Fischtown Penguins before six in the North American minors.

Former Lampl teammate Rylan Schwartz is entering the final seasonof two-year contract with Fischtown. He recorded 25 points in 58 games last season.

Forward Cody Bradley recorded 12 points in 34 games split between leagues in China and Slovakia.

Defenseman Gabe Guentzel recorded 21 points in 52 games during his second season with the Augsberger Panthers.

Forward Alex Krushelnyski recorded 27 points in 4 games for the ECHL Reading Royals and then moved up to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL where he recorded 13 points in 47 games including the 5OT game-winner in the AHL’s longest game.

Defenseman Aaron Harstad is leaving the ECHL for a one-year deal with Aalborg (Denmark).

Forward Hunter Fejes enjoyed a breakout season in the ECHL with 68 points (33 goals) in 73 games split between West Virginia and Orlando.

Blue-liner Teemu Kivihalme (pictured below) recorded 20 points in 44 regular-season games in Finland’s top league. The former Predators draft pick was invited to the Bruins development camp in late June. He is entering the second year of a two-year contract with Karpat.



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