Veteran NHL player Chuck Kobasew has decided to leave the league and sign in Germany. Kobasew was the 14th pick overall in the 2001 NHL draft and has played over 600 games throughout his career in the league. He has signed with Bern of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the club announced Wednesday.
The 32-year-old played the 2013-14 campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and recorded some pretty bad stats along the way. He scored two goals throughout 33 games and averaged over 11 minutes each night he played. He bounced around quick a bit throughout the season between the Penguins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In addition, he missed quite a few games due to a lower-body injury.
Kobasew was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames, he began his play in the NHL with the Flames during the 2002-03 season and scored 20 goals over his first three seasons. His best year was while playing with the Boston Bruins during the 2008-09 campaign when he scored a career high 42 points in addition to adding six more goals during the 11 post season games played.
Kobasew also played with the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche franchises before joining the Penguins.
While at Bern, Kobasew will re-join former Flames teammate Byron Ritchie.
This was a great move on the part of Kobasew to ensure that he continues his hockey career. After a less than great campaign last season, there was little interest around the league to sign him to the NHL and a move of some sort was inevitable. Bern is excited to have him and are looking forward to what he can bring to the team.