EHC Red Bull Munchen (Munich) of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) will have the help of a trio of Ontario Hockey League grads in an attempt to make the post season in 2013-14. The team was promoted from the tier 2 2.Bundesliga for the 2010-11 season and have failed to qualify for the playoffs over the past two years. This past season, Munich placed 12th in the 14 team DEL. The club plays out of the 6,256 seat Olympia-Eisstadion, built in 1967.
Munich is coached by Pierre Page, a former NHL head coach with the Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks. Page had coached EC Salzburg Red Bull since 2007-08. Previous to that, he spent from 2001-02 to 2006-07 in the DEL with Eisbaren Berlin.
With more summer signing activity to come, Munich currently has three OHL grads on the roster. All three are entering their first year with the team.
Niederberger starred in goal for the Barrie Colts over the past two years, taking them to the Robertson Cup final in 2012-13. Mathias was the 25th overall pick at the 2011 CHL Import Draft. For some bizarre reason, he was not drafted by an NHL club. In 2012-13, Niederberger played in 56 of Barrie’s 68 regular season games, posting a 2.34 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Mathias is signed on for just the 2013-14 season. He previously played in the DEL in 2010-11 with his hometown team in Dusseldorf.
In front of Niederberger is an excellent defenseman in Danny Richmond. Danny played one year in the Ontario Hockey League, 2003-04, with the London Knights. That year, he won gold at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships with the United States. Originally, Richmond was a 15th round pick of the Knights at the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 287th overall.
Danny was a second round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 31st overall. He has played 49 regular season games in the NHL with the Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks. 2012-13 was Richmond’s first year in Europe. He played most of his year with Pelicans in Finland’s SM-Liiga. He finished up with EC Salzburg Red Bull in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). He played 12 playoff games for Salzburg before the team lost out in the semi-finals to the Vienna Capitals in six games. Richmond is signed with Munich for one year.
Bois played four years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2003-04, all with the London Knights. He was a third round pick of the Colorado Avalanche at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After 409 regular season games in the American Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2009-10, appearing with the Binghamton Senators and Rockford IceHogs, Bois moved to Europe for the 2010-11 season.
For the past three years, Danny has played in Austria’s EBEL. His first two years were with Salzburg. This past year he played for Dornbirner EC and, like when he was in London, was the team’s captain. In his first year in Austria, Salzburg won the EBEL playoff championship. Like the other two OHL grads, Bois is signed for just one year with Munich.