Brandon Buck has left ERC Ingolstadt of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) after being with the club since 2014-15. Buck moves to Switzerland’s NLA and joins up with HC Davos, just before the team hosts the annual Spengler Cup tournament. Buck was an undrafted player that walked on to the Guelph Storm lineup for a three year Ontario Hockey League career.
Brandon Buck played three years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2008-09, all with the Guelph Storm. Over his three years with the Storm, Buck scored 56 goals and assisted on 80 for 136 points over 192 regular season games. In 17 playoff games, Brandon added 13 points.
His first pro hockey action came in 2008-09 after Guelph was eliminated in the opening round. Buck played in six regular season American Hockey League games with the Norfolk Admirals. Since, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL, Norway’s GET Ligaen, Austria’s EBEL, Switzerland’s NLB and Germany’s DEL.
In 2012-13, his lone season in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL), Brandon led the league with a +33 while playing for Medvescak Zagreb. Zagreb has since left that league for the Russia based KHL.
Buck played for ERC Ingolstadt from 2014-15 until 26 games into the 2017-18 season. In his first year with the club, Brandon was third in the DEL with 28 goals, tied for tenth with 31 assists and tied for fourth with 59 points. Ingolstadt reached the finals before losing to Adler Mannheim. In the playoffs, Buck contributed 20 points in 18 games.
This season started with Ingolstadt. In his 26 games with the club, Brandon had lower than usual numbers with seven goals and six assists. he signed with HC Davos on December 19, 2017 and has yet to play a game with his new club.
The franchise has been around since 1921 and plays home games at the 6,795 seat Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland, a venue that opened in 1980. HC Davos was last promoted to the NLA for the 1993-94 season. Since, they have reached the post season in each campaign. Since 2001-02, Davos has won the NLA championship six times with a couple other visits to the finals.
In 2016-17, the team finished fifth in the 12 team league and were bounced in the semi-finals. This season, they sit tied for third with 33 of 50 games in the books.
The host of the annual Spengler Cup tournament, Davos has won the title 15 times since 1924. Team Canada has won the tournament 14 times, including the past two years. This year, there will be six teams competing with one of the six the Switzerland National Team.
Brandon Buck OHL Stats