Maine Hockey Journal

Gogulla heading back across the pond

Philip Gogulla, we hardly knew ye…

After one season with the Portland Pirates, Gogulla has decided to return to Germany after signing a contract with the Cologne Sharks of the DEL.

Gogulla, 22, played one season for the Pirates where he scored 15 goals, 20 assists for 35 points with a plus-7 rating in 76 games. Many of those points were hard-earned for Gogulla as on many-a-nights, he appeared to be invisible on the ice, and looked like he was having a tough time adjusting to North America.

Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen praised Gogulla at times, but he also showed his frustration at 6-2, 182-pound winger.

The native of Dusseldorf, Germany, played five years with Cologne before deciding to try his luck in North America. During those five years in Cologne, he scored 44 goals, 83 assists for 127 points, but his point production was never very consistent in Portland.

When the Pirates season came to an end after bowing out to the Manchester Monarchs in four straight games, he, along with fellow teammate Felix Schutz, joined the German National team for the IIHF World Championships.

After playing in front of nearly 80,000 where Germany went on for a 2-1 win over the United States, the Germans recorded the best effort in the tournament, finishing fourth, since the format change in 1990.

Gogulla played a key role in their progress as he scored the lone goal in the quarterfinals.

Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (#48 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he was signed to an entry-level contract during the summer of 2007.

Opting to stay in Germany for one more season, Gogulla didn’t appear to be in a hurry to play in North America.

He entered this summer as a restricted free agent as the Sabres, which means the Sabres will likely retain his rights in North America in hopes of maybe using him as trade bait or convincing him to come back to North America when he new contract with Cologne expires.

Gogulla joins a long list of European players who came to Portland, only to make a quick exit back to Europe.

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