Another defenceman who was a veteran mainstay of the St. John's IceCaps defensive corps last season has signed with a European hockey team.
Brett Festerling has agreed to a contract to play with the Nurnburg Ice Tigers of the German Elite League (DEL).
Festerling, 26, had been a restricted free agent and had been given a qualifying offer by the Winnipeg Jets, the IceCaps' parent team. However, his decision to sign with a German team cannot be considered surprising. His twin brother Garrett has played in Germany the last five years, the past two with the Hanover Scorpions of the DEL as a dual Canadian-German citizen. The Festerlings' paternal grandfather is a native of Germany.