After a successful season in Germany, Ontario Hockey League grad Josh Godfrey is moving north to Norway for the 2014-15 season. The former member of the Guelph Storm and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds has signed with Sparta Sarpsborg in Norway’s Get Ligaen after playing 2013-14 with EV Landshut in Germany’s DEL2.
Josh Godfrey – OHL
Godfrey played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the Guelph Storm and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was a fourth round pick by the Storm at the 2004 OHL Priority Selection, 79th overall. 33 games into the 2005-06 season, Josh was traded to the Hounds, along with Matt Lyall for Kyle Wharton and Jason Pitton.
In his final two years with the Soo, Godrey helped the team go fairly deep into the Robertson Cup playoffs. In 2006-07, the Greyhounds met the London Knights in the second round and fell in seven games. London won the first three games with the Sault hammering back with three wins of their own. That year, Josh led the OHL’s defensemen with 24 goals.
In 2007-08, the Greyhounds reached the Western Conference final before falling in five to the Kitchener Rangers. That year, Godfrey played for Canada at the World Juniors in the Czech Republic. Canada captured gold with a 3-2 win in overtime over Sweden in the final. Josh led all defensemen in the tournament with five assists. He also saw his first pro action in 2007-08, appearing in one Calder Cup playoff game for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League.
Josh Godfrey – Pro Hockey
The Washington Capitals took Josh in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 34th overall. To date, he has not played in the National Hockey League. Until the end of 2012-13, Godfrey spent his time split between the AHL and ECHL. He holds the ECHL All-Star game skills competition record for the hardest shot.
2013-14 was his first year in Europe and was spent entirely with EV Landshut in Germany’s DEL2 (formerly 2.Bundesliga – a much cooler name). Godfrey was reunited with Sault Ste. Marie teammate Cody Thornton with Landshut. He totalled 38 points over 54 regular season games, good for seventh among blue liners. Josh’s 115 PIM placed him sixth in the league.
Established in 1958, Sparta Sarpsborg placed fourth in Norway’s ten team Get Ligaen in 2013-14 over the 45 game schedule and were ousted in the quarter-finals. The league was led in scoring by another OHL grad, Kenny Corupe. Sparta was last crowned playoff champs in 2010-11.
The team plays home games out of the Sparta Amfi, a 3,707 seat venue that was opened back in 1963. Sarpsborg is a city of around 52,000 inhabitants, located in the southeast of Norway. The city is near the Outer Oslofjord and is close to the border with Sweden.