The Minnesota Magicians are excited to announce that forward Timo Walther has signed a professional contract to play for Dresdner Eislöwen of the DEL2, which is the 2nd highest level of professional hockey in Germany behind the DEL.
Walther is a native of Mannheim, Germany where he played in the same Jungadler Mannheim hockey program as former Magicians forward and current MSU-Mankato standout Marc Michaelis. After putting up 20 goals and 25 assists for Jungadler during the 2015-16 season in addition to representing Germany at the World Junior Classic (WJC), Walther was drafted by the Magicians in the 3rd Round of the 2016 NAHL Draft. This season, he played in 45 games through the regular season and playoffs, contributing 9 goals and 6 assists for a total of 15 points.
Speaking about Walther taking the next step in his career, Magicians Vice President Kevin Ingvalson said, “We are excited for Timo to take this opportunity back home in Germany and it will be fun to follow him as his career progresses. He played an important role for us this year and he was a major contributor to everything we were able to accomplish on the ice.”
Walther will not be the only former Magicians player competing in the German professional ranks next year. Former Magicians forwards Denis Shevyrin and Luki Laub each alternated between the DEL & DEL2 last season and will likely start next season in the DEL. Shevyrin is currently listed as an active member of the Iserlohn Roosters (DEL), and Luki Laub is active on the roster of Düsseldorfer EG (DEL).