Jeff Woywitka To Continue Career In Germany

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With no North American contract to boot, former NHL defenseman Jeff Woywitka has signed with the Augsburger Panthers of the DEL.

Woywitka was drafted in the 1st round, 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After reporting to Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate for his first professional season in 03-04, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers midway through the season along with a 1st round pick (Rob Schremp) in 2004 and a 3rd round pick (Danny Syvret) in 2005 in exchange for Mike Comrie. Before even playing a game with the Oilers, he was traded along with Eric Brewer and Doug Lynch to the St. Louis Blues for Chris Pronger. 

After short stints with the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, Woywitka returned to the Blues in a depth defensive role last season. Woywitka had a goal and 11 points in 34 AHL games with the Peoria Riverman, but other than an additional call-up during the playoffs, Woywitka would not actually suit up for the Blues during his second stint with the club. At the age of 30 with little upside to show for, it’s very likely he will never return to the NHL again.

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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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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