9th year veteran defenseman Steven Tarasuk(10) heads back over to Europe signing a 1-year deal with Saale Bulls Halle of DEL3 after putting up a career tied 7 goals and best 31 assists for 38 points with 139 shots on net in 67 games last season with Alaska Aces.

He’s skated with no less than 9 different ECHL teams appearing in 303 games and also appeared in the AHL and Central Hockey League.

The 27-year old has also played hockey in Poland and Italy and when he heads to Germany this season, it will be his 2nd visit.

He should do exceedingly well in this league, as he’s already played in DEL2 and done well.

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Steven Tarasuk(27) Lausitzer Fuchse


After only a couple of seasons of North American hockey, undrafted defenseman Steven Tarasuk(27) signs with German Ice Hockey tier 2 team Lausitzer Fuchse for 2012/2013.

The 5’10” 165 lbs. blue liner split time in 70 ECHL games last season with Ontario Reign and Idaho Steelheads putting up career highs in goals (8), assists (30) and points (38).

He was signed to an AHL contract with Bridgeport Sound Tigers after attending rookie camp with New York Islanders in his rookie season.

From there he was reassigned to Kalamazoo Wings, where he represented the team at the ECHL All-Star Classic and received a 3 game recall near the end of regular season.

He notched one assist.

At only 21 years old, he should fill out to a heavier playing weight and if he continues to affect the scoresheet, as he did in juniors, look for him to move up into higher levels of pro hockey in Europe and maybe even take a run at a full-time roster spot in the AHL.