Former Brahmas goalie leaves EIHL for Danish league
Dashing the hopes of those Texas Brahmas fans hoping that Brett Jaeger would return to North Richland Hills for the 2011-12 season, news broke on Friday that Jaegs had left the Coventry Blaze to sign with an unnamed Danish team.
The Insider can report that Jaeger has in fact signed with the Hvidovre Bulls, playing in the AL-Bank Ligaen (the name is a result of a sponsorship deal with the Danish bank ArbejdernesLandsbank), the premier league in Danish ice hockey. The Bulls placed fifth in the eight-team league with 52 points in the 39-game 2010-11 regular season.
Coventry Blaze head coach Paul Thompson announced Jaeger's departure in an article in the Coventry Telegraph.
"Jaeger is off to Denmark," Thompson said. "He's been offered a good contract over there."
Jaeger finished the 2010-11 EIHL regular season with a 25-27-2 record, including four shut outs and registered a 2.99 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He was also nominated for the EIHL'sNetminder of the Year award, which went to Ervins Mustukovs of the Sheffield Steelers.
"He's a great goalie but just didn't have the team in front of him," Thompson added. "He played hard night-in, night-out. I'm sure he'll go on to have a very good career in the higher-paying league in Europe."
Jaeger was suggested by Hvidovre back (defenseman) Kevin McLeod, another former Brahmas fan favorite. McLeod played 35 games with the club in 2010-11, leading the league in expulsions (penalties) with 28 penalties for 131 PIM. McLeod also tallied 23 points (7 G, 23 A), leading all backs on the team. Thus far, McLeod has not ststed his intentions for next season.
Jaeger replaces Michael Madsen (no, not Mr. Blonde) in net for the Bulls, who will play for SønderjyskE Ishockey, another team in the AL-Ligaen.
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