Ontario Hockey League grad John Tripp is dropping down a level for the 2015-16. The former Oshawa Generals star will start the season in Germany’s DEL2 with Eispiraten Crimmitschau. He has played in the country’s elite Deutsche Eishockey Liga since 2004-05 and has played internationally for Germany since 2006-07. With Crimmitschau, Tripp joins fellow OHL alumni Ryan Nie and Matt Foy.
Tripp played three years in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals from 1994-95 to 1996-97. In his final season, the Generals won the championship with a win over the Ottawa 67’s in six games. Over that playoff run, John had 16 goals and ten assists for 26 points over 18 games. At the Memorial Cup tournament, Oshawa lost in the semi-final game to the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 5-4 in overtime.
John twice entered the NHL Entry Draft. In 1995, the Colorado Avalanche took him in the third round, 77th overall. Two years later, the Calgary Flames selected Tripp in the second round of the 1977 NHL Entry Draft, 42nd overall.
Since 1997-98, Tripp has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, NHL and DEL. His National Hockey League experience is limited to 43 games, nine with the New York Rangers in 2002-03 and 34 with the Los Angeles Kings in 2003-04.
Since 2004-05, Tripp has appeared in 521 regular season games in the DEL, scoring 145 and assisting on 167 for 312 points. Keep in mind, the DEL plays a much shorter schedule that leagues in North America. In the playoffs, he has played 75 games, contributing 37 points. His past five seasons have been with Kolner Haie. I believe that club does have the option to call John up this season.
A Kingston boy, the 38 year old has played for Germany on the International stage for several years. Tripp has competed in the IIHF World Championships on six occasions. John played for Germany at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Nie is going into his third year between the pipes with Crimmitschau and is signed through 2016-17. Ryan played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06 with the Plymouth Whalers, the Majors and Sarnia Sting. Originally, he was a ninth round pick by the Whalers at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 179th overall.
Ryan has played pro hockey since 2006-07 in the UHL, ECHL, AHL, Norway’s Get Ligaen, Kazakhstan’s elite league and the DEL2.
Like Tripp, Matt Foy played in the DEL in 2014-15. He was a member of Eisbaren Berlin from 2012-13 to 2014-15. Foy played one year in the OHL, 2002-03, with the Ottawa 67’s when he and Corey Locke tore up the league. Matt was a second round pick by the 67’s at the 2000 OHL Priority Selection and tried the NCAA route before returning to the league.
At the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild took Foy in the sixth round, 175th overall. Since 2003-04, he has played pro in the AHL, NHL, CHL, ECHL and DEL.
I’m secretly hoping that the as yet unsigned Corey Locke might make his way to Crimmitschau to reunite with Foy. Locke has spent time in the DEL, as well.
Die Eispiraten have played in the DEL2 since 2007-08 with very little playoff success. The team plays home games at the Kunsteisstadion Crimmitschau in Crimmitschau, Germany, a 5,222 seat venue that opened in 1964. The city has a population of around 20,000 and is located in Eastern Germany, near the border with the Czech Republic.