Mike Posma

Mike Posma ( born December 16, 1967 in Medford, New Jersey ) is a retired American professional ice hockey player and coach. He was active for the Adler Mannheim in the DEL, among others. Most recently, he coached the SHC Fassa in the Italian Serie A1.

Playing career

Mike Posma was committed by the St. Louis Blues at position 31 in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1986. Although a commitment in the second round of the draft almost always draws a NHL career after themselves, Posma never played in this league. Instead, he ran four years for the University team of Western Michigan University in the NCAA. In 240 games he scored it 174 points scorer. For a defender, this was an outstanding value in a university team. In 1987 he took part in the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship in Czechoslovakia with Team USA. He scored two goals in seven games. In the 1990/91 season he was then on the only time for a game round for an American professional ice hockey team - the Utica Devils of the American Hockey League team ( AHL ). And also came here with 49 points in 78 games Scorer very good statistical balance sheet.

Then Posma dared to move to Europe to Switzerland to a team in the National League B HC Thurgau. After 40 games and outstanding 64 scorer points he succeeded in the following season of personal promotion to the Swiss National League A for EHC Kloten. This team but he remained only 22 games long faithful and changed within the current season for the reigning German champion of the DEL Adler Mannheim. In 18 games, he scored only one point scorer, but had it for 66 minutes taking on the penalty bench. Although he repeated winning the German championship title with the team, he was probably not also obliged to his inexplicable lack of discipline. In the National League B He finished the EHC Chur to 58 other games and another good 52 scorer points his active career.

Coaching career

Posmas playing career went smoothly into a coaching career in Switzerland. At first he was employed as assistant coach of the EHC Chur and then the HC Lausanne before he moved in 2003 to SC Langenthal, a club of the National League B as head coach. In the spring of 2007, he was dismissed against GCK Lions because of a false start the team into the play- offs. In Switzerland, however, it was speculated that Posmas excessive alcohol consumption with a reason for his dismissal was. In 2005 Posma came into conflict with the law. In the middle of the former play-offs he was caught in a police check. The police officers noted here that he had drunk out his car. The team from Langenthal, despite the dismissal of Mike Posma not preclude withdrawal from the playoffs.

Subsequently, he was coach of the Slovenian top team HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in the EBEL. However, he was sacked in October 2008 after a team of eight games won only three points.

In early November 2009, he was decapitated by the last of the EBEL, HK Acroni Jesenice, as head coach committed. In September 2010 it was announced that he is in the 2010/11 season behind the band of the SHC Fassa in the Italian Serie A1. In December 2010, the Americans, however, was removed from his post and replaced by Miroslav Fryčer.