In his third year in Germany, Ontario Hockey League grad Mark Mancari has taken a step down for 2017-18 to play for Wolfe EHC Freiburg in the DEL2. His past two years were spent in the elite DEL. After coming to the club for the short term on October 27, 2017, Mancari was signed for the rest of the season on December 1.
Mark Mancari played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Ottawa 67’s. Mancari was a second round pick by Ottawa at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 34th overall. Over his four years, Mark scored 76 goals and assisted on 82 for 158 points over 226 regular season games.
In 41 playoff games, he added 36 points. 14 of his 21 playoff goals came during the 2004-05 playoffs. Despite the 67’s losing to the London Knights in the finals, Mancari led all playoff players in goal scoring.
The Buffalo Sabres selected Mancari in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 207th overall. Since 2005-06, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, NHL, DEL and DEL2. His National Hockey League resume consists of 42 regular season games between 2006-07 and 2011-12 with the Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. He scored three goals and added ten assists over that time. Mark appeared in a single Stanley Cup playoff game.
Mark’s American Hockey League career was above average. He played in 692 regular season games, scoring 225 and assisting on 333 for 558 points. In 35 Calder Cup playoff games, he added 33 points in 35 games. Over his AHL career, Mancari appeared with the Rochester Americans, Portland Pirates, Chicago Wolves and San Antonio Rampage.
In 2010-11, Mark was named an AHL First Team All-Star. Playing 56 games for the Portland Pirates, while also seeing time in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Mancari scored 32 and assisted on 32. His goal total tied him for third in the league.
2016-17 was spent in the DEL with Krefeld Pinguine. He started out 2017-18 with EHC Freiburg on October 27. Mark has played in 12 games to date, scoring seven and assisting on seven for 14 points.
Wolfe EHC Freiburg
EHC Freiburg has been around since 1984. The team was last promoted to the DEL2 for 2015-16 after winning the Oberliga Sud championship in 2014-15. In 2016-17, Freiburg placed seventh in the 14 team league over the 52 game schedule before losing in the quarter-finals. Currently, the team sits in tenth spot with 26 of 52 games in the books. Tenth represents the final playoff position with teams seven through ten competing in a playoff qualifier round to determine the final two quarter-finalists.
Mark Mancari OHL Stats