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Junior Review - Declan Wolf


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Declan Wolf has had a hard life and has fought through to pursue his dream. He grew up with a poor family in the German countryside alongside his brother Nikita. His family was really poor and isolated from everything and everyone, and so he didn't have enough money to play hockey, though he had always loved it. It took Declan 3 hours to go to school every day, and there were many hockey rinks on the way there, as well as one in his school and there were always kids playing on those. He didn't have many friends, so, he spent almost all of his free time playing hockey at his school with his brother, as it was free and his only opportunity. He quickly became the best player at his school, and at age 13 he won a hockey skills competition for 10 000€ and started playing ice hockey on his local team.


He was so good that in his first year at age 13 he was promoted to play in the German U16 -league and in 26 games he put up an impressive 20 goals and 11 assists for a total of 31 points.


The next year Declan continued to play in the U16s and in 32 games he scored an astonishing 44 goals and 21 assists for a total of 65 points and was named the best German U16 player.


The next year at age 15 Declan got to play the whole season in the DNL (German U19 league) and in 41 games he scored 29 goals and 11 assists for 40 points and was named The DNL's best rookie.


At age 16 Declan played in 28 DNL games and scored 26 goals and 14 assists for 40 points and also got a brief 5-game stint in the DEL (German Men's league) that saw him score a single goal.


As a 17 year old he played 12 DNL games and scored 16 goals and 5 assists for 21 points before getting promoted to play in the DEL full-time. In the DEL he played 25 games where he scored 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points and got on the second All-Rookie Team while playing in less than half of the regular season's games. In 20 playoff games Declan shined big and scored an impressive 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points and helped his team capture the DEL title.


The next year Declan started by playing 17 DEL games and scoring 13 goals and 6 assists for 19 points and was then signed by the Saskatoon Wild of the VHLM.


Career totals:
German U16: 58GP 64+32=96

DNL: 81GP 71+30=101
DEL: 47GP 20+10=30 | DEL Playoffs: 20GP 9+7=16

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