Matt White has officially signed a one-year contract with German club Augsburger Panther that will have him playing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for the 2017-18 season. White joins the likes of Justin Florek from the 2016-17 Milwaukee Admirals to shift to the DEL for next season.
It’s still rather hard for me to believe that it took until December of the 2015-16 season for the Admirals to be the first team to give White an AHL chance. He had played 158 career games in the ECHL prior to joining on a PTO Contract and proceeded to never play ECHL hockey again. In his time with the Admirals in the AHL he produced 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists) in 125 games. He showed -across the board- that he was fully capable of excelling in the AHL and did so while displaying great skill, sound ability on defense, and leadership skills.
White will turn 28-years old prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. This will not be his first spell playing in Europe however as he did play for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia for a brief period of time in the 2014-15 season scoring 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games before returning to North America.
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