Former goaltender Niels-Erik Ravn to join professional team in France
Apr 28, 2014
DUNKERQUE, France- Senior goaltender Niels-Erik Ravn officially signed on with Hockey Club
de Dunkerque, a professional ice hockey team in France. The
contract is set to bring in Ravn to compete for the starting
job during the 2014-15 season.
As a four-year letterwinner at Lake Superior State, Ravn rounded
out one of the greatest goaltending trios in Laker hockey history.
While serving as a backup throughout his entire career, Ravn did
make an appearance against Miami in 2011 and helped the Lakers kill
off a 5-on-3 penalty. He also was the winning goaltender in a 2011,
11-1 exhibition victory over Ottawa.
He appeared in 39:57 minutes for the Lakers while collecting 17
saves in his career.
Of getting the opportunity to play and compete for a starting
job Ravn said, "I can't wait to play. This has been one of the
hardest times in my life, not getting to play every day, and I will
look to regain my confidence over the summer."
Ravn will get a chance to compete for the starting job with
their current goaltender Marc-André Martel.
Ravn, the Boucherville, Quebec, native, played in the Central
Canadian Hockey League with the Ottawa Jr. Senators prior to coming
As for the adjustment with living and playing in France, Ravn is
"I grew up there until I was 13 so it shouldn't be too much of a
transition," he said.
Ravn did point out that while he does speak French, his
teammates might still view him differently.
"Maybe they will still see me as foreign because I have
developed a Quebec accent," he said with a grin. The accent
difference, he pointed out, is similar to the difference in
American English and the English spoke in Great Britain.
For the official press release from Les Corsaires, click here