Ontario Hockey League grad Darryl Boyce has signed a two year contract with Dusseldorfer EG in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The deal will Boyce with the club through the 2018-19 DEL season. Boyce spent 2016-17 in Germany with ERC Ingolstadt.
Darryl Boyce played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05 with the Toronto Majors. He was a sixth round pick by the Majors at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection. Over his four years, Darryl scored 54 and assisted on 91 for 145 points over 262 regular season games.
In a healthy 62 playoff games, Boyce added 22 points. The Majors reached the Eastern Conference final in each of his first three seasons. In 2001-02, they were swept by the Barrie Colts. In 2002-03, it was a close seven game battle with the Ottawa 67’s. The Mississauga IceDogs ousted the Majors in 2003-04 in six games.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Boyce spent two years at the University of New Brunswick in the AUS. He was AUS rookie of the year in 2005-06, earning the A.J. MacAdam Trophy. In 2006-07, he helped the Varsity Reds to a CIS University Cup championship.
Darryl has played pro hockey since 2007-08 in the NHL, AHL, Finland’s Liiga and the DEL. His time in the National Hockey League consists of 84 regular season games between 2007-08 and 2011-12 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Boyce has been in Europe since the 2014-15 season. In 2016-17, he played 48 regular season DEL games for ERC Ingolstadt, scoring 11 and assisting on 20 for 31 points. In two playoff games, he went pointless.
The franchise has been around since 1935 and Dusseldorfer EG was a charter member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the 1994-95 season. Their only DEL championship to date came in 1995-96 while reaching the finals in 2005-06 and 2008-09. The team was relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons. They were known as the DEG Metro Stars from 2001-02 to 2011-12.
In 2016-17, Dusseldorf failed to qualify for the post season, finishing eleventh in the 14 team DEL. Home games for the club are played at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany, a 8,900 seat venue that opened in 2006.