Jeff Toms is no stranger to the Spengler Cup. What will be a change for the Ontario Hockey League grad at this year’s tournament is the jersey on his back. Toms has normally played for Team Canada at the Davos, Switzerland invitational. This season, his club Genève-Servette of Switzerland’s National League A are one of the invited teams so he’ll be competing against Canada at the end of December.
Jeff played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1991-92 to 1993-94, all with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In his first season, he was part of the Greyhounds team that took the Robertson Cup and went undefeated in the round robin of the Memorial Cup before losing in the final to the Kamloops Blazers. The following season, the Greyhounds lost in the Robertson Cup final to the Peterborough Petes in five games but earned a berth in the Memorial Cup as the host team. Sault Ste. Marie went on to exact revenge on the Petes in the Memorial Cup final.
In his final season in the OHL, Jeff led the Greyhound in goals with 52. The team had another long playoff run but was knocked out by the Detroit Junior Red Wings in the semi-finals.
Toms was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the ninth round of the 1992 draft, 210th overall. He put in 236 games in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers. In his final season in North America, he led the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage in goals and points with 30 and 63.
Jeff began the 2003-04 season in Russia’s RSL but soon made his way to Switzerland where he finished off the season with Basel of the National League A. Toms has been in the league ever since. He has averaged over a point per game during his career in Switzerland and now wears the ‘A’ on his jersey for Genève-Servette.
Take a look at Jeff’s profile at the team’s official website by going to the roster page and clicking on the arrow beside his name. Note that OHL grad Dan Fritsche also appears on the roster.
Just yesterday, we featured another Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds grad, Ric Jackman, who has gone to play in Europe.