Adler Planning for 2015-2016 Underway
The Adler Mannheim have extended some of the current contracts that expire at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Ronny Arendt, Jochen Hecht, and Glen Metropolit will remain with the Adler for another season. Jamie Tardif and Christoph Ullmann will remain with the Adler until 2017. Martin Buchwieser and Dennis Endras have extended until 2018 and Matthias Plachta has signed until 30 April 2018.
Adler Sign Kurtis Foster
Prior to the end of the transfer period, the Adler Mannheim have signed Kurtis Foster. Foster, a 33 year old defender, who last played for HC Slovan Bratislava and played last season for Medvescak Zagreb signed a contract with the Adler through the end of the current season.
Foster was born on 24 November 1981 in Carp, Ontario Canada. He is 1.96 meters tall, weighs in at 100 Kilogram, and shoots right handed. He was selected in the second round of the 2000 draft by the Calgary Flames. Prior to his transfer to the Russian Hockey League (KHL) he played in 408 NHL games, earning 162 points (42 goals and 120 assists). He played for Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Anaheim, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. In the AHL he played in 328 games and scored 58 goals and earned 107 assists.
Foster will wear the number six and will join the Adler for training on 31 December. If everything goes according to plan he will have his debut as an Adler on 4 January in Hamburg against the Freezers.
Adler With A Two Point Weekend
Adler Lose at Home to Cologne and Win in Wolfsburg
It was a weekend of mixed results for the Adler Mannheim. They lost a hard fought game at home on Friday night against the Cologne Haie but had a super come from behind win in overtime in Wolfsburg. Despite earning only two points over the weekend Mannheim remains in first place with a twelve point lead over the second place Hamburg Freezers.
Mannheim’s win series was stopped at seven games on Friday night before a home town crowd in the sold out SAP Arena. The Adler lost a hard fought game to the Cologne Haie. Mannheim’s Andrew Joudrey scored the lone goal of the First to give Mannheim a 1:0 lead at the First break. Cologne had three unanswered goals in the Second Period on shots from Alexander Weiss, Charlie Stephens, and Chris Minard. Mannheim’s Andrew Joudrey scored his second of the night in the Third but despite Joudrey’s goal and pulling their goalie for a sixth attacker Mannheim was unable to tie the score before the final horn. The Adler lost 2:3 to Cologne. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Charles Stephens (Cologne), Second Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim) and Third Star Philip Gogulla (Cologne).
Mannheim was down three to nothing following the First Period in Wolfsburg (Goal scorers: Matt Dzieduszycki, Norm Milley, and Robert Bina) on Sunday evening. Early in the Second Period Robert Bina scored his second goal of the game to give Wolfsburg a commanding 4:0 lead over the Adler. Giving new life to the words “Adler geben niemals auf (Adler never give up) Mannheim displayed the character of a number one ranked team and scored five in a row to take the lead late in the Third. It all started with a shorthanded goal by Christoph Ullman in the Second Period which he followed up a short time later with an equal strength goal. Just over a minute later Andrew Joudrey also scored for the Adler. In just over ten minutes the Adler had pulled within one after being down by four. Midway through the Third Ronny Arendt tied the score. Frank Mauer then scored the go ahead goal for the Adler late in the Third but Bjoern Krupp tied the game at 5:5 with a minute and a half remaining in regulation. Glen Metropolit scored the game winner for Mannheim during the Overtime Period. The Three Stars of the game were, First Star Glen Metropolit (Mannheim), Second Star Robert Bina (Wolfsburg), and Third Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim).
Mannheim remains on the road for the last game of calendar year 2014. They will be in Düsseldorf on Tuesday, 30 December to play against the DEG. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on New Year’s day, Thursday, 1 January 2015 to host their archrivals the Schwenninger Wild Wings. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.