Only in Europe. Ontario Hockey League grad Tyler Beskorowany has been signed by Dusseldorfer EG of Germany’s DEL to a short term contract through October 28, 2014. The goalie has been brought in to help out while Bobby Goepfert is dealing with an injury. Beskorowany will join one other OHL alumnus with Drew Schiestel playing his first season with the club.
Beskorowany played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-08 to 2009-10. His first two years were spent with the Owen Sound Attack and his final year was with the Kingston Frontenacs. Tyler was a 14th round pick by the Attack at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 268th overall. In 2009-10, he played 62 of Kingston’s 68 regular season games and all seven in the Robertson Cup playoffs as the Frontenacs fell in seven to the Brampton Battalion in the opening round.
The Dallas Stars took Beskorowany in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 59th overall. he was signed to an entry level contract by the Stars in September, 2009. Tyler has played pro hockey since 2010-11 in the AHL and ECHL. In 2013-14, he played 32 of 40 games for the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL before the team folded midseason. Beskorowany then moved on to play two games with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL and 12 games in the American Hockey League with the St. John’s IceCaps.
Tyler has been brought in to temporarily replace the injured Bobby Goepfert. Bobby is an American who developed in the NCAA. He was the number one goalie for the U.S.A. at the 2003 World Juniors. That year, the Americans finished fourth at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Schiestel played four years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the IceDogs. The first two years were in Mississauga and the last two were in Niagara. Drew was a third round pick by Mississauga at the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, 57th overall.
The Buffalo Sabres selected Drew in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 59th overall. He signed an entry level contract with Buffalo in April, 2009. Schiestel has played pro hockey since 2009-10 in the AHL and ECHL. in 2013-14, he played 49 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL and six games with the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL.
Drew is signed with DEG for the 2014-15 season with an option for a one year extension.
The franchise dates back to 1935 and plays home games at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany, a 8,904 seat venue that opened in 2006. DEG last won the DEL championship in 1995-96 and have not qualified for the post season for the past two seasons. In fact, the team placed last in the 14 team DEL in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Of interest to OHL fans, one of the three jersey numbers retired by the team belongs to Peter Lee. Lee played with the Ottawa 67’s from 1971-72 to 1975-76 and has his number 12 retired by Dusseldorfer EG. His number 14 is one of just three Ottawa 67’s retired numbers.
Peter was a sniper extraordinaire with Ottawa, scoring 68 goals in 1974-75 and 81 in 1975-76. He is one of just four to score 80 goals in an OHL season. Lee played in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1977-78 to 1982-83. He played for DEG from 1983-84 to 1992-93. He is currently the General Manager of Eisbaren Berlin in the DEL.