Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Jeff Likens, Augsburger Panther

This is Jeff Likens' official photo for Augsburg. Brilliant! I wonder how long he was able to hold such a straight face? I'll bet he was cracking up laughing aftewards . . .

As we reported earlier, Likens is playing this season in Germany with Augsburg of the German Elite League (DEL). Also playing with Augsburg is Wisconsin native and former WCHA player Brett Engelhardt (Michigan Tech '00-'04).

The Hallucination was recently in Germany, and she was able to make time to travel to Augsburg for a game. Better yet, she was kind enough to share her experiences and photos with me!

TH attended the 9/26 game v. the Grizzy Adams Wolfsburg. Augsburg won 5-4. Likens had an assist, and Engelhardt had a goal. She indicates that Likens seems to be getting plenty of playing time, including time on the PP and the PK. After 8 games, Likens has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points.

TH highly recommends that any Badger Hockey fans who find themselves in Germany during hockey season should try to catch a DEL game. She tells me that the atmosphere is fantastic and that the fans are crazy enthusiastic. Sounds like a heck of a lot of fun!

The Augsburg stadium ("stadion") is quite a bit different from a typical ice rink here -- it's open on 3 sides, and over half the "seating" is general admission standing ("stehplatz"). The stadium photo is courtesy of TH.