Former Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mark Owuya has signed with HC Lugano for the Spengler Cup.

A backup goaltender with Medvescak Zagreb at last year’s Spengler Cup, Owuya will look to get back into hockey shape with a couple of games at the annual tournament in Davos, Switzerland. Yesterday, it was announced that Owuya would join the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, but will wait until after New Year’s to make his debut with the club. He last played with competitive hockey with Zagreb, putting up a 2.98 GAA and .898 SP% with the club in 13 games.

A few years ago, the Maple Leafs signed Owuya to a contract, letting him split time between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and ECHL’s Reading Royals. He didn’t accomplish much in the time, electing to return to Europe, where he has played ever since.

Lugano will begin the Spengler Cup with a 9:00 am EST start against reigning DEL champions, Adler Mannheim. Owuya will act as the backup to 21-year-old Latvian goalie Elvis Merzlikins, considered to be a rising young star in the sport.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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