Old fan favorite Marco Sturm has signed with the Kolner Haie (Cologne Sharks) in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (German Ice Hockey League), according to the team website.
From Google Transalte:
Marco Sturm goes to Cologne
The Cologne Sharks have taken before final transfer to the German NHL players Marco Sturm signed. The 34-year-old striker, who has played to date more than 1,000 NHL games, will increase from mid-February, the team of KEC.
"Since the beginning of the lock-out, I was in contact with Marco Sturm," said Sharks sporting director Uwe Krupp, "he recently signaled that Europe is an option for him. Have with regard to the final sprint of the main round and the playoffs with Marco is more quality and depth in the squad. He can play any forward position and brings the experience of over 1,000 NHL games. I am looking forward to working again with him and I am convinced that Marco us in many areas – on and off the ice -. Can help to achieve our goals for the season."
Marco Sturm has had a remarkable career. To date, he is the German player with the most appearances in the NHL (1,006 games, 251 goals, 258 templates, 509 points).
Born in Dingolfing attacker (09/08/1978) made his debut at age 18 in the DEL. In two seasons he managed the EV Landshut in 122 games DEL 88 Most Points. 1996, secured the organization of the NHL San Jose Sharks NHL rights to the storm. He was selected in the first round. This appreciation was. Far only two other German internationals given (Marcel Goc and Olaf Kolzig)
1997 Marco Sturm began his NHL career in San Jose. There he played until 2005 and played 591 games for the Sharks (288 points). During the lock-out 2004/2005 storm laced up the skates for the ERC Ingolstadt (56 games, 45 points, cup victory). 2005/2006, followed by transfer to Boston. For the Bruins Forward completed by 2010 a total of 316 games (197 points). In the season 2010/2011 he went to the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals on the ice, in the season 2011/2012 he was commissioned by the Vancouver Canucks, and most recently at the Florida Panthers signed.
For Germany it was – under head coach Uwe Krupp as – in four World Cup tournaments, three Olympic Games and the World Cup of Hockey 2004 on the ice. Total storm played 54 international matches.
We can only hope he'll play with as much intensity in Germany as he did against small children during the Wive's Carnival.
S/T to Marc. M for sharing this story with us.