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12-02-2012, 10:43 AM
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I found it odd that the TBN/NG articles didn't reference Mannheim as Hecht's former team and hometown - which, given Pominville's and Hecht's close friendship, would seem like a possible factor if Hecht is back in Europe.

Has anyone even heard any news on Hecht - whether he retired or moved back to Germany or is still in Buffalo, waiting to land a contract with an NHL team? The last news from the spring had quotes from him that he wanted to continue playing - which, given the lockout and his lack of a contract yet, I'd assume he'd have been one of the first to head back to Germany and try to get in top shape playing with hopes it might give him an edge in winning a contract.
Guess I should have read the original linked article wildcat posted:

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Pominville, who turns 30 years old today, expressed an interest in playing overseas in September. All along, he told his agent he wanted to join Mannheim, one of the DEL’s best teams, because his childhood friend growing up in Quebec, Yanick Lehoux, plays for the Eagles.

Former Sabres forward Jochen Hecht, who’s working out at the Northtown Center, has a standing offer to rejoin the Eagles, his hometown team he previously played five seasons with. Former Sabres defenseman Doug Janik’s also on the team.

“I think it’s one of the best European leagues definitely out there,” Pominville said. “For me, since the start, it’s the team I told my agent I wanted to go to. It’s a team my family felt comfortable going to because we know my friend that plays there. We know that maybe eventually Jochen will be there. We’ll be living close to our friends. That’s the good part about it.”
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I wonder if playing there last year had anything to do with going back. Maybe he liked it there and wanted to play a little more?
TBN's article does reference how Pominville enjoyed the experience of visiting there last fall:

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“When we played there it was really fun,” Pominville said by phone Friday. “The crowd was great. I think it’s one of the best places to play in Germany. They treat their players really nice.”
http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs...ORTS/121139896

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