Deitsch was awarded with the Playoff MVP award last season.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (May 28)- In their first move of the offseason, the 2009 Central Hockey League (CHL) champions have re-signed Playoff MVP Jason Deitsch for the 2009-10 season.
Deitsch, 29, will be the first signed veteran for the Brahmas and as he enters his sixth professional season. Last year with Texas, Deitsch split time playing with the Brahmas and the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). In the regular season Deitsch posted 44 points (20 G, 24 A) in 36 games for Texas and 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in 28 games with the Aeros.
In the postseason the Cincinnati, OH native went on an offensive tear scoring a playoff league leading 26 points (11 G, 15 A) in 16 games. His leadership on and off the ice during the playoffs earned him the MVP award for the playoffs and his third championship in four years.
Prior to playing with Texas, Deitsch was in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and in Europe. In 69 games played in 2007-08, the quick forward put up 64 points (27 G, 37 A). As a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL, Deitsch and the Cyclones went on to win the Kelly Cup, the league’s coveted championship trophy.
In 2006-07, Deitsch also played with Cincinnati and posted more than a point a game with 71 points (26 G, 45 A) in 69 games. His strong play earned him a promotion to the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins where he saw action in six games and netted one goal.
The 5-foot-10 center played two seasons in the United Hockey League (UHL) with the Kalamazoo Wings and won a championship with the team in 2005-06. As a Wing, Deitsch registered an impressive 94 points (42 G, 52 A) in 84 games played.
Deitsch's success in professional hockey has come to no surprise as he had an illustrious collegiate career at St. Norbert College. In four seasons in the NCAA (2000-2005), Deitsch had 184 points (64 G, 120 A) in 122 games played, making him the all-time leading scorer in school history.
Deitsch is familiar with the area and arena as he was a member of the Texas Tornado of the NAHL in 1999-00 and championship team in 2000-01. Despite his familiarity with the area, the CHL will be a new endeavor for the new signee.
Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong believes the return of Deitsch is a step in the right direction for a repeat of the Brahmas successful championship season.
"Deitsch was a key element in winning the Cup last season, and with his return it will put us back on track for another great year. He has proven to be a franchise player and we look forward to what he can bring next season," said Wildfong.
Texas Brahmas 2009-10 season tickets are now on sale. For ticket information please contact the Brahmas Box Office at the NYTEX Sports Centre at (817) 336-4423.