Ontario Hockey League grad Colin Beardsmore is now well into his eleventh season in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Beardsmore is in his first season back with Nürnberg Ice Tigers after a three year stint from 2005-06 to 2007-08. Colin has also played for the Iserlohn Roosters, Augsburger Panthers, Kölner Haie, Kassel Huskies and Adler Mannheim.
Beardsmore played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1997-98. He started his first year with the Detroit Junior Whalers and moved to the North Bay Centennials at the trade deadline. The following season began with the Centennials and saw him move over to the Owen Sound Platers after 40 games. The timing of the trade allowed Colin to play 70 games in 1996-97 when the league only played a 66 game schedule. Beardsmore remained in Owen Sound for his final season in the Ontario Hockey League.
Taken by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 189th overall, Colin never saw an NHL game. Such was life as a late draft pick of the powerful and deep Detroit Red Wings of the mid to late 1990’s. He spent his first season in professional hockey with Detroit’s ECHL affiliate Toledo Storm with 17 games of call-up time with the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings.
After a year in the Canadian university system with University of New Brunswick in 1999-00, it was off to Germany for the 2000-01 season. Colin will come close to cracking the 600 career DEL game plateau this season.
Check out Colin Beardsmore’s profile page on the Nürnberg Ice Tigers official website.
Joining Colin on the Ice Tigers this season are the following Ontario Hockey League alumni: