TORONTO– After six seasons with the Toronto Marlies, including his final as team captain, C Alex Foster is saying good bye to his first professional hockey team to play next season overseas in Prague, Czech Republic with Sparta Praha HC.
Foster, made his announcement through Twitter this afternoon with two separate tweets.
“Goodbye toronto… Hello Prague,” and
“Yeah new team in Europe for me! Sparta Praha HC. I’m very excited! Wanted to thank @dallaseakins and the rest of the entire staff!”
The 26 year old native of Canton, Michigan was never drafted and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization on March 8th, 2006 after playing two seasons for Bowling Green State University. As a member of BGSU, Foster had a scoring touch with 82 points in 74 games.
With the vision of playing in the Air Canada Centre, Foster was assigned to the Marlies almost instantly. Starting his professional career down the highway at the Ricoh Coliseum, he would make his Leafs debut March 7th, 2008 against the New York Islanders. Unfortunately he would only play in two more NHL games, registering no points before being reassigned to the Marlies.
Known to be an energy player and a natural leader, playing both the power-play and penalty-kill, Foster’s most productive offensive season came in 2007/08 when he scored 18 goals and 46 points in 67 games.
In the 2010/11 season, serving his only season as the captain, Foster became the Marlies all time leader in games played with 311 surpassing former captain Ben Ondrus. He also sits second all time in points with 150 and second in goals with 58.
Even though Foster will not play for a North American team, he will see NHL action when his new team Sparta Praha HC hosts the New York Rangers September 29th 2011 in an exhibition game.