The Fischtown Pinguins 2009-10 points leader and Belleville Bulls grad Chris Stanley is back for another season with the German club. The Fischtown Pinguins play in the Eishockeyspielbetriebs Gesellschaft, or ESBG, or 2. Bundesliga. Whatever you want to call it, the league is tier 2, a step below the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). The Pinguins finished 11th in the 14 team league in 2009-10, out of the playoffs.
Chris Stanley played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-97 to 1999-00, all with the Belleville Bulls. Stanley provided consistent offence on a very successful string of Bulls teams. He was part of the 1998-99 team that won the Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey League playoff champions, beating out the London Knights. The team made an unsuccessful appearance at the Memorial Cup that season. The following year, the Bulls bowed out in the Eastern Conference finals to the Barrie Colts.
Stanley was picked by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round of the 1997 NHL draft, 90th overall. Chris chose instead to go the Canadian university route after graduating from the Ontario Hockey League. Stanley played for Dalhousie University from 2001-02 to 2003-04.
For 2004-05 and 2005-06, Chris played with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League. The first season, the Wranglers failed to make the playoffs. The second season, Las Vegas had a great regular season with 112 points but couldn’t shake their nemesis, the Alaska Aces.
2006-07 saw Stanley make the jump to the European game. Playing for the Heilbronner Falken of the German Oberliga (tier 3), Chris was the team’s goal scoring leader with 44 goals in just 50 games. After making stops in Italy, Austria and then being promoted to the German 2.Bundesliga, Chris became a member of the Fischtown Pinguins at the start of the 2009-10 season.
Chris was Fischtown’s top point -getter over the 2009-10 season with 50 in 51 games. the 50 points placed him 23rd in the league.