Andy Delmore Back In Europe With Lørenskog

andy delmore lorenskog get ligaen norway hockeyHe was in line to be featured as a Sunday OHL Alumni Classic, but Ontario Hockey League grad Andy Delmore’s career is not dead yet. Delmore has signed on with Lørenskog of Norway’s Get Ligaen.

Andy played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1993-94 to 1996-97. He began his career with the North Bay Centennials and was fortunate to be part of a Robertson Cup winning team in his rookie season. North Bay won the OHL Championship by taking out the Detroit Junior Red Wings four games to three. The Centennials went winless at the Memorial Cup played in Laval, Quebec that year. The team also won the Hamilton Spectator as OHL regular season champion.

Midway through his second season in the Ontario Hockey League, Delmore was dealt to the Sarnia Sting. Andy spent the rest of his OHL career with Sarnia. In his final season in Sarnia, he put up great offensive numbers from the blueline with 18 goals and 60 assists for 78 points in 63 games.

Undrafted, Delmore perservered and has played 283 NHL games to date with the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets. He experienced a long playoff run with the Flyers in 1999-00 as the Flyers took the New Jersey Devils to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals. However, it was in the American Hockey League where he found the most success while playing in North America.

In his first season in the AHL, he was a big part of the Philadelphia Phantoms run to the Calder Cup championship. In 2005-06, he won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s Defenseman of the Year with the Syracuse Crunch. That season, he led the AHL’s defensemen in goals (17), assists (55) and points (72). Great numbers but off the AHL’s single season defenseman records set by fellow OHL Alumni, John Slaney.

Delmore’s first taste of European hockey came during the 2004-05 NHL strike season. Andy played for Adler Mannheim in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The team finished a respectable 6th then turned it on in the playoffs to make it to the league final before bowing out. He also spent two more seasons in the DEL, 2007-08 and 2008-09, with the Hamburg Freezers.

This past season, 2009-10, Delmore returned to the AHL and split the season between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Abbotsford Heat.

Lörenskog does not have a profile of Andy on their official website yet, but the team’s site can be found here.

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