Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Jochen Hecht. Hecht’s new contract will keep him in Buffalo through the 2011-2012 season.
Named as Buffalo’s captain for the month of October, Hecht already has four points (2+2) in five games this season. Hecht recorded his first multi-point game of the season (1+1) in last night’s 5-4 OT win over Toronto.
The 30-year-old native of Mannheim, Germany, recorded a career-high 56 points (19+37) in 76 games with Buffalo in 2006-07. After scoring 23 points (10+13) in the first half of the season, Hecht scored 33 (9+24) in the second half, including 14 points (2+12) in 10 games from Feb. 10-March 7.
Hecht has scored 298 points (112+186) in 478 career NHL games with Buffalo, St. Louis and Edmonton.
A veteran of international competition, Hecht was a member of Germany’s 1998 and 2002 Olympic teams, and 1996 and 2004 World Cup teams.
The Sabres acquired Hecht from Edmonton on June 22, 2002, in exchange for the 31st and 36th picks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was originally St. Louis’ first choice (2nd round, 49th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.