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OHL grad Brad Snetsinger has moved on from ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany’s DEL to finish the 2014-15 season in the Eredivisie of the Netherlands with the Tilburg Trappers. There already existed an OHL connection with the Trappers. Paul Gardner, 144 point man with the Oshawa Generals in 1975-76, is in his second year as head coach in Tilburg.
Snetsinger played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2007-08. Brad’s first two years were spent with the Mississauga IceDogs and his final three were with the Windsor Spitfires. He was a seventh round pick by the IceDogs at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, 126th overall.
In his final year in the OHL, 2007-08, Snetsinger was second on the Spitfires with 89 points, behind Josh Bailey and five points ahead of rookie Taylor Hall. Brad totalled 105 goals and 106 assists for 211 points over 253 regular season games in the league. He appeared in just 15 Robertson Cup playoffs games, missing out on Windsor’s two consecutive championships by a year.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Snetsinger has played pro hockey since 2008-09 in the AHL, ECHL, Italy’s LIHG, Germany’s Oberliga and DEL2. Originally, he signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils organization and spent a few years with their AHL and ECHL affiliates before crossing the Atlantic.
For the past two seasons, Brad has played for EC Kassel Huskies in the tier 3 Oberliga. In 2012-13, he led the league in goal scoring. Snetsinger started the 2014-15 season in the tier 2 DEL2 with ESV Kaufbeuren. Over 35 games, he scored nine goals and assisted on 19 for 28 points while wearing the ‘A’ for his new team.
Snetsinger is signed with Tilburg for the rest of the 2014-15 season. There is an option for 2015-16.
Paul Gardner – Head Coach
Gardner played two years in the OMJHL, 1974-75 and 1975-76, with the Oshawa Generals. In 1975-76, he broke out with 69 goals and 75 assists for 144 points over 65 regular season games. The Kansas City Scouts selected him eleventh overall at the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft. The Scouts moved to Denver for the 1976-77 season and Paul started his NHL career with the Colorado Rockies.
Between 1976-77 and 1985-86, Paul played in 447 regular season NHL games with the Colorado Rockies, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. He scored a very respectable 201 goals and assisted on 201 more for 402 points.
Gardner has been involved in coaching since 1986-87 in the AHL, NHL, CHL, Russia’s RSL (predecessor to the KHL), Germany’s DEL, the United Kingdom’s EIHL and the Eredivisie. 2014-15 is Paul’s second year at the helm of the Trappers. In 2013-14, Tilburg finished first overall in the seven team league and were playoff champions.
The franchise dates back to 1938 and plays home games at the IJssportscentrum Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands. Currently, the Trappers sit second place in the now five team Eredivisie.
Tilburg is a city of 210,000 (metro population 550,000) located in the southwest of the Netherlands, near the border with Belgium. Totally unrelelated to hockey, this is the hometown of Vincent Van Gogh.