He was Ahren Nittel with the Windsor Spitfires. He’s usually now listest as Ahren Spylo-Nittel. His current team, Biel of Switzerland’s National League A simply lists him as Ahren Spylo. No matter the name, this Ontario Hockey League grad is going strong in Europe.
Ahren played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-01 to 2002-03. He started his OHL career with the Windsor Spitfires and moved over to the Oshawa Generals midway through his final season.
Spylo-Nittel was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 85th overall. Ahren played three seasons with New Jerseys AHL affiliate, the Albany Rivers Rats, from 2003-04 to 2005-06. In his second season, while only playing 50 games, he led the team in goals with 25.
He made the jump to European hockey in 2006-07 and with exception to a couple of games played in the ECHL in 2009-10, he has been there since. Ahren has made stops in Germany and Russia as well as his current league in Switzerland. With the Nürnburg Ice Tigers of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2007-08, he led the team in goals (41) and points (61) in 56 games. He was selected to Team Nord Amerika for the 2008 DEL All-Star game. As a member of the DEL’s Adler Mannheim, he competed in the 2009 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.
This is his first season with Biel and he currently leads the team in goals and points, running neck and neck with teammate and Ontario Hockey League grad, Rico Fata. The team has just extended Spylo-Nittel’s contract through next season.
You can check out Ahren Spylo-Nittel’s profile at the Biel official website.