Well, we made it one full year at OHL Alumni Central! It was January 11, 2010 when the first post, featuring OHL Alumni playing for Asiago in Italy’s LIHG, went live on the internet. I believe over the year, the site went without an update on maybe two days. It was never intended to be a daily thing but there’s just so many OHL Alumni out there and, let’s face it, it’s a ton of fun tracking down their whereabouts! Thanks to everyone who has helped OHL Alumni Central continue to grow.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program…
Serge Payer will be resuming his hockey career in Norway’s Get-Ligaen with Vålerenga. After playing the past two seasons with Krefeld Pinguine of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the Ontario Hockey League grad was left without a club for the first half of the season.
Payer played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers from 1995-96 to 1999-00. He missed time in 1999 due to Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Serge continues to raise awareness and funds to combat the debilitating disease through the Serge Payer Foundation.
Although not drafted, the Florida Panthers snatched up Payer and he played 43 games with the NHL team in his first year out of the Ontario Hockey League. Although mostly playing in the American Hockey League before his departure to Germany for the 2008-09 season, Serge has dressed for 124 NHL games with the Panthers and the Ottawa Senators.
Payer is one of two recent Canadian players to sign with Vålerenga to help with the stretch run in the Get-Ligaen. The team currently sits in second place in the ten team league. Another Ontario Hockey League grad is between the pipes for the team, Patrick DesRochers.
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