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Journeyman Steckel signs in German League

David Steckel

Anaheim Ducks’ David Steckel looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


David Steckel, a veteran of over 400 NHL games that last played for Anaheim in ’13, has signed with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the club announced on Tuesday.

Steckel, 33, spent all of last season with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

A former first-round pick -- 30th overall in 2001 -- Steckel spent the majority of his NHL career in Washington, scoring a career-high eight goals and 19 points during the 2008-09 campaign. From there, he spent time in both New Jersey and Toronto before catching on with Anaheim.

At 6-foot-6, Steckel has always been known for his size, defensive prowess and ability in the faceoff circle. In Germany, he’ll play on an Ice Tigers team featuring ex-NHLers Kurtis Foster, Steven Reinprecht, Brandon Segal and Colin Fraser.