Thomas Raffl

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Thomas Raffl
Thomas Raffl Head 2013-10-25.jpg
Born (1986-06-19) 19 June 1986 (age 33)
Villach, Austria
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 234 lb (106 kg; 16 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
EC Red Bull Salzburg
EC VSV
Luleå HF
Manitoba Moose
National teamFlag of Austria.svg  Austria
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004present

Thomas Raffl (born 19 June 1986) is an Austrian professional ice hockey winger who is currently playing with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He previously played for Luleå HF of the Swedish Hockey League. [1] He is the older brother of NHL player Michael Raffl. His father Peter Raffl also played ice hockey.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. They tend to be bigger than centreman and smaller than defenseman.

EC Red Bull Salzburg ice hockey team

EC Red Bull Salzburg is a professional ice hockey team based in Salzburg, Austria, that currently plays in the Austrian Hockey League. The club play their home games at the Eisarena Salzburg.

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Playing career

Raffl briefly played major junior hockey in Canada with the Kelowna Rockets and Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League during the 2005–06 season.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Kelowna Rockets major junior ice hockey team based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The Kelowna Rockets are a major junior ice hockey team based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The Rockets play in the Western Hockey League (WHL), out of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). They play their home games at Prospera Place.

Swift Current Broncos ice hockey team

The Swift Current Broncos are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Founded during 1967 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the Broncos played seven seasons before relocating to Lethbridge from 1974 to 1986 as the Lethbridge Broncos. The Broncos then returned to Swift Current, and have played there since 1986, at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

Since 2007, Thomas has been a fixture participant with the Austrian national team, including at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. [2] In the lead up to the 2015–16 season, Raffl was granted leave by Salzburg on 1 September 2015, to attend the preseason training camp of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets on a professional tryout contract. [3] Following the training camp, Raffl signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Jets and was assigned to the Manitoba Moose, the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate. [4]

Austria mens national ice hockey team mens national ice hockey team representing Austria

The Austrian men's national hockey team is the national ice hockey team for Austria. The team is controlled by Österreichischer Eishockeyverband. As of 2017 the Austrian team is ranked 16th in the IIHF World Rankings. Austria has not won a medal in a major tournament since 1947, and has not broken 10th place since 1994. Austria currently has 8,799 registered players.

2015 IIHF World Championship 2015 edition of the IIHF World Championship

The 2015 IIHF World Championship was the 79th event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), held in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, between 1–17 May 2015. The tournament was the top division of the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. It broke the historical attendance record of IIHF World Championships.

The 2015–16 Austrian Hockey League season began on 11 September 2015 and ended on 12 April 2016. EC Red Bull Salzburg defended their title, beating Orli Znojmo 4-2 in the finals.

During the 2015–16 season with the Moose, Raffl was unable to maintain his offensive presence, producing just 5 goals in 31 games. Unable to earn a recall to the NHL, at the conclusion of the season, Raffl was not tendered a contract by the Jets and was released to free agency. On 11 July 2016, Raffl returned to Salzburg of the EBEL, signing a one-year deal. [5]

The 2015–16 AHL season is the 80th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began on October 9, 2015, and ended on April 17, 2016. The 2016 Calder Cup playoffs follow the conclusion of the regular season. An attendance record was set with a league average of 5,982 spectators per game, surpassing the record set in 2004–05.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2003–04 EC VSV EBEL 25112440000
2004–05 EC VSVEBEL44712194930000
2005–06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 40007
2005–06 Kelowna Rockets WHL 1221311
2005–06 Swift Current Broncos WHL2126828
2005–06 EC VSVEBEL60222130002
2006–07 EC VSVEBEL4285133680000
2007–08 EC VSVEBEL43114157850220
2008–09 EC VSVEBEL4123123557
2009–10 Luleå HF SEL 45781524
2010–11 Luleå HFSEL2211210
2010–11 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL2557125116481212
2011–12 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL501242541665052
2012–13 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL285162116114152
2013–14 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL51232245471464109
2014–15 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL5226275320135498
2015–16 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL11122
2015–16 Manitoba Moose AHL 31551042
2016–17 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL53262450221155102
2017–18 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL4218274518163474
2018–19 EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL43182644261347114
EBEL totals54618422841244413336357145

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2004 Austria WJC18-D1 15th50222
2005 Austria WJC-D1 17th51012
2006 AustriaWJC-D120th41126
2008 Austria WC-D1 17th51230
2010 AustriaWC-D117th511218
2011 AustriaWC15th62242
2012 AustriaWC-D118th51232
2013 Austria OGQ Q31230
2014 Austria OG 10th40002
2015 AustriaWC15th72132
2016 Austria OGQ DNQ31012
2017 AustriaWC-D117th43362
2019 AustriaWC16th700010
Junior totals1423510
Senior totals4912132540

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References

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  2. "2015 IIHF World Championship roster" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. "David Leggio and Thomas Raffl to Jets training camp". jetsnation.ca. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. "Jets sign forward Thomas Raffl to one-year contract". National Hockey League. 6 October 2015.
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