Eisbaren Berlin of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) snatched up two more Ontario Hockey League grads for the 2012-13 season. Recently, former Ottawa 67’s player Julian Talbot was signed. Now, the German Champs have signed Matt Foy and Mark Katic to one year deals.
Matt Foy played just one season in the OHL, 2002-03, with the Ottawa 67’s. Foy finished with 132 points on 61 goals and 71 assists over 68 regular season games, placing him second in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy behind teammate Corey Locke. Incidentally, Locke will transition to the Euro game for 2012-13 also, signing with TPS of Finland’s SM-Liiga. The duo led the 67’s to the 2003 Robertson Cup finals before falling to the Kitchener Rangers in five games. Matt added another 31 points in 21 playoff games. He was awarded the Jim Mahon Trophy as the OHL’s top scoring right winger.
Taken in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, 175th overall, Foy is a veteran of 56 NHL regular season games, all with the Wild. In 2006-07, he led Minnesota’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, with 50 points in 62 games. After sitting out 2010-11, Matt spent 2011-12 with the Stockton Thunder in the ECHL. He placed second on the team with 52 points in 67 games.
Mark Katic played four years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting from 2005-06 to 2008-09. The Sting took him second overall at the 2005 OHL Priority Selection. The defenseman was selected in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, 62 overall. He spent three years in the Islanders organization, mostly with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Katic did play eleven games with the NHL club in 2010-11.
Berlin is looking for their third consecutive DEL championship in 2012-13. The team has won six of the past eight seasons and has been the finals seven of the past nine.