Andrew Engelage: Incredibly Successful Goalie Moves To Germany

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andrew engelage rittner buamOntario Hockey League grad Andrew Engelage has played in four different pro leagues over the past four years. In each, he has been among the league leaders and twice winning goalie of the year honours. For 2017-18, Engelage moves from Sweden’s Allsvenskan to Germany’s elite Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), a step up in my opinion (some would disagree). He has signed with Krefeld Pinguine in the DEL, a team coached by another OHL grad, Rick Adduono.

Andrew Engelage

Andrew Engelage played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-07 to 2008-09, all with the Windsor Spitfires. He was taken by Windsor very deep in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, going in the 13th round, 246th overall.

When he reached the Spitfires a year after the draft, he instantly became their number 1 goalie and remained as such for his entire career. He helped the team to a Robertson Cup championship and Memorial Cup championship in 2008-09.



Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Engelage has played pro hockey since 2009-10 in the AHL, ECHL, Central Hockey League, Norway’s Get Ligaen, Italy’s LIHG and the Allsvenskan.

In 2013-14 with the Arizona Sundogs of the CHL, Andrew was honoured with the Scott Brower Award as most outstanding goaltender. He appeared in 52 regular season games, posting a 2.46 goals against average and .918 save percentage. The Sundogs placed eighth, taking the final playoff spot, before knocking off the first seed Missouri Mavericks in the opening round. Arizona fell to the Denver Cutthroats in the semi-finals.

Despite the goaltender of the year honours in 2013-14, Andrew was left off the CHL All-Star Team. Instead, fellow OHL grad Shane Owen of the Missouri Mavericks took home that hardware.

The following year, Engelage made the move to Europe. He played 2014-15 with Storhamar in Norway’s Get Ligaen. In 37 games, he put up a 2.13 GAA and a league leading .927 save percentage. Storhamar finished second in the ten team league and reached the finals before losing out to the Stavanger Oilers in seven games.

2015-16 saw the move to Italy and Rittner Buam in the Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio Serie A1. In 39 games, Andrew had a 1.54 GAA and .938 save percentage, both league bests. The team finished first overall in the eight team league and were crowned playoff champs. In the post season, Engelage put up a 1.34 GAA and .956 save percentage.

This past season, Engelage played for BIK Karlskoga in Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan. This is a team that we just recently looked at with two OHL grads, Jeff Hayes and Shane Owen, signing for 2017-18. Andrew posted a league best 1.71 GAA and a .938 save percentage over 37 games. He was named Goalie of the Year.

Krefeld Pinguine

Krefeld Pinguine joined the DEL in the league’s second season, 1995-96. They have won championship, in 2002-03. In 2016-17, Krefeld finished last in the 14 team DEL. Home games are played at Konig Palast in Krefeld, Germany, a 8009 seat venue that opened in 2004.

Head coach Rick Adduono played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1972-73 to 1974-75 with the St. Catherines Black Hawks. Over that time, he scored 123 and assisted on 187 for 310 points in 180 regular season games. Adduono was the 1973-74 Eddie Powers Trophy winner with 135 points. that year, the Black Hawks played in the Memorial Cup tournament, losing in the semi-final game 11-3 to the Quebec Remparts.

Adduono played four games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and Atlanta Flames. He appeared in 80 WHA games with the Birmingham Bulls. In 1977-78 with the Rochester Americans, he led the American Hockey League with 98 points, earning the John B. Sollenberger Trophy.

Rick has been head coach of the Krefeld Pinguine since 2007-08.

Resources

Krefeld Pinguine sign Andrew Engelage (from team’s official site)

Windsor Spitfires

BIK Karlskoga

 

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