Friday, February 3, 2012

Jaeger finds new success in Germany

Former Brahmas goalie has shutout in first start for Bremerhaven

When Brett Jaeger joined his new team in Bremerhaven, he entered a three-way battle for the number one spot in net - and quickly made a strong first impression. Jaeger's first start for the Penguins was on Sunday against the Hannover Indians and he not only earned a win, but a 3-0 shutout.

Jaeger signed with the Fischtown Pinguins (also known as Bremerhaven REV) who play in Germany's 2nd Bundesliga. Home ice is the Bremerhaven Ice Arena which opened in March of last year and seats 4,250. With a record, the Penguins are in 7th place

Jaeger began the season with Copenhagen Hockey in Denmark's AL-Bank Ligaen where he played 27 games and had a 3.12 GAA and a .908 Save Percentage.

Copenhagen had no chance of making the playoffs and all foreign players were granted releases from the club.

"My team in Denmark wanted to transfer me and the Penguins were interested - that's how it goes sometimes in hockey," Jaeger said. "But it's good for me. For me this is a step up the ladder."

Jaeger with former Swedish goalie and current trainer Gunnar Borg

Veteran backstopper Marko Suvelo and Sebastian Staudt might not have enjoyed hearing another goalie was coming but Jaeger took the situation in stride.

"The situation is what it is," Jaeger said. "I will train hard and be available. I hope I can help the team when I play."

Classic Jaegs. Always the consummate professional.

Here's an interview with Jaeger from last Monday during his first day of practice with his new club (have patience with the translator). Watch the looks on Jaeger's face as he begins to wonder why he's still standing there as the two commentators start a lengthy discussion in German:

The Penguins defeated the Landshut Cannibals today by a score of 6-5 with Jaeger in goal. Two starts, two wins. The penguins play again on Sunday.

Photo Credits: Top/Radio Bremen; Bottom/Nordsee-Zeitung

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