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Legends Moeser, Soccio hang up skates
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August 29, 2005; 21:20
Legends Moeser, Soccio hang up skates
Kennedy, House among other players to retire
Frank Johne

Len Soccio of the Hannover Scorpions
 
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Munich, Germany - Two DEL legends called it quits after the 2004-05 season, Duanne Moeser of the Augsburger Panther and Len Soccio of the Hannover Scorpions. Both retired as all-time scoring leaders of their respective teams.
 

Duanne Moeser of the Augsburg Panthers
Duanne Moeser has been with Augsburg since 1993
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

The 42-year-old Moeser, who tallied 317 points (143 goals, 174 assists) in 569 DEL career games for Augsburg, remains with the Panthers organisation as the new director of player personnel. The 37-year-old Soccio was forced into retirement by a complicated wrist injury. The Ontario-native, who also participated in three IIHF World Championships and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games with Team Germany, ranks third in all-time scoring in the DEL with 492 points (156 G, 336 A) in 504 games [behind fellow-Canadians Mike Bullard (521 pts.) and Wally Schreiber (497)].

32-year-old Bobby House ended his career as leading scorer in the three-year history of the Hamburg Freezers. He tallied 107 points (65 G/42 A/191 PIM) in 171 games. Christian Brittig, who - after years in the minors - returned to the DEL at the age of 37 two years ago, remains with the DEG Metro Stars as assistant coach. Brittig recorded 174 points (66G/108A) and 323 penalty minutes in 333 career DEL games with the Munich Mad Dogs, Augsburger Panther, Berlin Capitals and DEG Metro Stars. Jürgen Rumrich, tied for second all-time in games-played at 592 (308 pts/153G/155A/276 PIM), has been hired as director of player personnel by one of his former teams, the Kassel Huskies. Rumrich also played for the Berlin Capitals, Nürnberg Ice Tigers and Hamburg Freezers.

Brittig's Metro Stars team-mate Matt Herr has a new job lined up after eight years of playing pro. The 29-year-old is going to teach and coach baseball and hockey at a prep school in Kent, Connecticut. "The President" Mike Kennedy, who won the DEL championship with the München Barons in 2000, will have more time for family and his Toronto party bus (thepartymobile.com). The 33-year-old had 177 points (78G/99A/328 PIM) in 268 games for Munich, Mannheim and the Iserlohn Roosters. 26-year-old German-Korean Martin Hyun hangs up his skates after only 38 DEL appearances for the Krefeld Pinguine (no points scored, 6 PIM): After graduating in politics, Hyun takes on a job in the Korean Parliament.

Also retired: 35-year-old defenseman Chris Joseph, who recorded 70 points (13G,57A) and 243 penalty minutes in 168 games with Adler Mannheim, and 32-year-old Mikael Magnusson, a stay-at-home defenseman who the 2004 DEL title with the Frankfurt Lions and had 18 points (6 G, 12 A) and 116 PIM in 129 games.
Frank Johne

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