After a great start to the 2011-12 season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, Ontario Hockey League grad Patrick Asselin is off to Germany to test the European hockey waters for the second time in his career.
Asselin played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2007-08. He dressed mostly with the Saginaw Spirit but a trade fifteen games into his final season sent him to the Oshawa Generals. In that final season, Patrick scored 41 goals and assisted on 37 others for 78 points, his best offensive season in the OHL. He played in fifteen Robertson Cup playoff games with the Generals as the team made it to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Belleville Bulls.
Undrafted, Asselin spent his first year of professional hockey in Germany. Playing in the Oberliga (tier 3), he put up impressive numbers with 39 goals and 40 assists for 79 points in just 50 games. An interesting quirk in his 2008-09 season was the spike in penalty minutes. With Herner EV, Asselin sat out 110 minutes in those 50 games. The next highest single season total for Patrick was 45 with Saginaw during the 2005-06 season.
Patrick returned to North America the following season and has been playing in the East Coast Hockey League since, mostly with Kalamazoo. In 2010-11, he contributed at nearly a point per game with 27 goals and 65 points in 69 regular season games. He played in 19 more in the playoffs as the Wings made it to the Kelly Cup finals before losing to the Alaska Aces in five games.
The 2011-12 season started with a bang for Asselin, producing 15 points in his first 10 games for Kalamazoo. On November 21, he signed on with Starbulls Rosenheim of Germany’s 2.Bundesliga (tier 2 to the elite DEL). Rosenheim currently sits fifth in the thirteen team league. The 2.Bundesliga at the moment has three Ontario Hockey League grads sitting amongst the top five scorers in Patrick Jarrett, Bob Wren and Chris Stanley.