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Wheeler off to Germany

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ADD Blake Wheeler's name to the long list of Winnipeg Jets who have found work overseas.

The Jets' leading scorer in 2011-12, Wheeler has signed with EHC Red Bull Munchen of the German Elite League and is expected to join the team this week against Dusseldorf.

Wheeler's addition comes at a perfect time for Munich after they lost two players to injury this week.

The big Minnesotan has been practising in Minneapolis with fellow Jet teammate Dustin Byfuglien and several locked-out NHLers, the majority of them members of the Minnesota Wild.

Wheeler played Sunday in a charity game in Minnesota, picking up a goal and three assists as part of an effort where locked-out NHLers helped raised money for 'Defending the Blue Line.'

Said EHC manager Christian Winkler on the team's website (translated): "Once again it has been shown that patience pays off. Blake gave us the feeling that he is looking forward to this challenge. The discussions with him were totally uncomplicated and highly professional."

Wheeler, 26, is coming off a career season in which he scored 17 goals and added 47 assists for the Jets in 80 games.

He is the second Jet in just over a week to find work in Europe after defenceman Toby Enstrom signed to play in Austria.

-- Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 29, 2012 C6

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