With the NHL lockout continuing, it appears that Jochen Hecht has given up his bid to remain in the NHL. It was announced today that Jochen Hecht, a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization since 2002-2003, has signed a two year deal with Adler Mannheim.
Hecht made his return to his former DEL team in 2011 as the Buffalo Sabres played Mannheim in the NHL Premiere Series. Hecht could not play do to injury, but skated with the Buffalo Sabres during the pregame skate – and helped work the crowd into a frenzy after he recieved a standing ovation.
In 9 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres he played in 566 games and scoring 331 points (131G + 200A). All but 74 games in North America were spent in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, and St. Louis Blues. He spent 74 games in the 1998-1999 season with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL.
I wish the best of luck to Jochen back in the DEL – and I hope that he remains healthy and end his career on a positive note.