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Tijnagel first appearance in the Nijmegen-squad was in the 1979-1980 season as a 15 year-old boy. Under the wings of Alex Andjelic Tijnagel developed his talents and grew stronger. It was for everybody clear to see that this boy had qualities that were unmatched in Nijmegen ever before. As a youngster that first season he picked up 7 points in 36 games in a Nijmegen team with players like Ron Kennedy, Mike Fedorko and Dave Morrison. His strong points were his speed and natural goal scoring abilities. Furthermore he was a feared powerplay-specialist.
When Tijnagel became 22 he moved to big spenders Rotterdam Panda's together with the likes of Bill Wensink and Jan Bruysten and became one of their offensive scoring-leaders. During his stay in Rotterdam Tijnagel scored 260 goals and assisted on a goal 160 times. In this period with the Panda's he picked up several championships and even became Most Valuable Player in the Dutch League in the 1989-1990 season.
Tijnagel admitted that he had his chances to show his offensive skills abroad but said: " It is a pity but on the other hand I had to think about my business and my wife. Perhaps if I was a bachelor it would be different." In the 1992-1993 season he returned home to his old club Nijmegen and became their new captain. His first season back he scored 32 goals in a total of 60 points in 35 games. But the most important thing that was the fact that he brought the National Championship home to Nijmegen in a play off series against geleen drenched with tension and suspense.
Nijmegen teammate at that time Andy Tenbult even said that Tijnagel was good enough to play in the NHL. After his second year back with Nijmegen Tijnagel retired from Dutch icehockey. He made two short comebacks during the 1994-1995 season, helping Nijmegen to clinch a spot in the play-offs, and during the 1997-1998 season, helping Nijmegen to a new Championship in the Dutch League. Tijnagel scored a total of 322 goals and notched 270 assists for a total of 592 points in 363 games for Nijmegen during his 11-year stay at the club. For the Dutch National side Tijnagel scored 41 points in 56 games.
He is, with no doubt, the best Nijmegen-born player of all times.
Ben Tijnagel during a smashing action while playing fro the Panda's from Rotterdam
Ben Tijnagel is being focused during games.