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    Philippe Boucher

    Philippe Boucher

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    Philippe Boucher (born March 24, 1973) is a retired French Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League. He is currently the General Manager of the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL. Philippe Boucher began his high-level hockey career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Granby Bisons in 1990. Boucher enjoyed immense success in his first season, producing at a nearly point-per-game average and winning the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award. He was also named a second-team QMJHL All-Star. His second season came with just as much success, as Boucher notched 77 points in 65 games with Granby and the Laval Titan, once again being named a second-team All-Star. Boucher spent one more seasons in the QMJHL, splitting time between Granby, Laval, and later two professional teams. The Buffalo Sabres drafted Boucher in the first round, 13th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. A year later, Boucher would begin his professional career, starting the 1992–1993 season as a defenceman for the Sabres. Despite some solid outings, and even a game where Boucher posted a +5 plus/minus rating, Boucher ended the season with the Rochester Americans of the American
    8.00
    7 votes
    2
    Blake Wheeler

    Blake Wheeler

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Blake James Wheeler (born August 31, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Wheeler attended Breck School his freshman year through his junior year. There, during his junior year, Wheeler had his breakout season, putting up a state-high 45 goals and 55 assists in 2003–04. He led his team to a Class A State Hockey Championship that season, and scored a hat trick in the final game. Wheeler opted to forego his senior year to play in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Green Bay Gamblers. After playing one season with the Gamblers, Wheeler attended the University of Minnesota. In 2005–06, his freshman year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he recorded 23 points in 39 games, playing alongside future Boston Bruins teammate Phil Kessel. Wheeler is praised for his deceptive speed with his large body frame, and his ability to stick handle at such high speeds. In the 2007 WCHA Final Five tournament, Wheeler recorded a hat trick in a 4–2 win in the semifinal game against the University
    9.80
    5 votes
    3
    Perry Berezan

    Perry Berezan

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Perry Edmund Berezan (born December 5, 1964 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former National Hockey League centre. He was drafted in the third round, 55th overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. After playing two seasons at the University of North Dakota, Berezan made his NHL debut with the Flames near the end of the 1984–85 season. He played with the Flames until March of the 1988–89 season, when he was traded (along with Shane Churla) to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Brian MacLellan and a draft pick. Berezan joined the San Jose Sharks as a free agent before their inaugural season of 1991–92. He retired, as a Shark, following the 1992–93 season. In his NHL career, Berezan appeared in 378 games. He scored 61 goals and added 75 assists. He also appeared in 31 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring four goals and adding seven assists. The only goal he scored in the 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs was when he was given credit for the series-clinching goal in the 1986 Smythe Division Finals which was actually put into the net by Edmonton Oilers defenceman Steve Smith. Berezan's post-hockey career has been of an investment advisor. He is currently a partner with
    9.40
    5 votes
    4
    Ryan Callahan

    Ryan Callahan

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Ryan Callahan (born March 21, 1985) is an American ice hockey forward and captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Callahan played one year of high school hockey for Hilton High School. He began his junior career with the Rochester Junior Americans of the Empire Junior B Hockey League where he played for two seasons, 1999–2001, then moving on to the Syracuse Jr. Crunch and Buffalo Lightning of the OPJHL before moving onto a four-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) stint with the Guelph Storm, where he played alongside future Ranger teammate Daniel Girardi. Callahan turned professional with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he played most of the 2006–07 season. Callahan received his first NHL call-up to the Rangers on November 28, 2006, making his NHL debut on December 1, but he would only play in that one game before being sent back down to the Wolf Pack. He was called up for a second time on December 19, but would again only play in one NHL game in that stint. Toward the end of the season, Callahan was called up for the third and final time on March 15, 2007, after scoring 35 goals in 60 AHL games, and he would stay with the
    7.00
    7 votes
    5
    Alexei Zhitnik

    Alexei Zhitnik

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Oleksiy Mykolaiovych "Alexei" Zhitnik (Ukrainian: Олексій Миколайович Житник; born October 10, 1972) is a retired Ukrainian-Russian ice hockey defenceman. Zhitnik has played more games in the National Hockey League (NHL) (1,085) than any other Soviet-born defenceman. He has represented the Soviet Union, CIS, and Russia internationally, and Ukraine during two NHL All-Star Games. His number, 13, has been honored by Sokil Kyiv. Zhitnik was drafted 81st overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft after playing for Sokil Kyiv in the Soviet Championship League for two years. After another year, he came to the NHL for the 1992–93 NHL season. He made his NHL debut on October 6, 1992 against the Calgary Flames and scored his first goal nine nights later, also against Calgary. In his rookie season with the Kings, he finished second among rookie defenceman in points with 48. He was an important part of the Kings' playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens. After another year of playing with the Kings and Wayne Gretzky, he was traded on February 14, 1995, along with Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy and a fifth-round draft pick, to the Buffalo
    9.00
    5 votes
    6
    Rob Scuderi

    Rob Scuderi

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Robert John "Rob" Scuderi (born December 30, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Scuderi attended St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York, graduating in 1997. After high school, Scuderi attended Boston College, where he played four seasons for the Eagles. Following his freshman season, when he tallied 24 assists in 42 games, he was drafted in the 5th round, 134th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. However, he remained at BC for three more years. At the end of his collegiate career he held the Eagles' record for most games played, tallying 169 appearances for the team. He played his final game in the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament championship game, which BC won over defending champion North Dakota, 3–2, in overtime. In 2001, Scuderi began his professional career in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins' minor league affiliate. That season he played in 75 games, recording a goal and 22 assists. Scuderi played in his first NHL game during the 2003–04 season. After gaining 3
    7.83
    6 votes
    7
    Andrei Kostitsyn

    Andrei Kostitsyn

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Andrej Alehavič Kaścicyn (Belarusian: Андрэй Алегавiч Касціцын; born February 3, 1985), better known as Andrei Kostitsyn, is a Belarusian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The media have nicknamed him AK-46, a play on his initials (AK) and player number (46) in reference to the Soviet AK-47 rifle. His younger brother Sergei plays for the Predators. Both Andrei and Sergei played together on the Canadiens as well as the Predators. Beginning in 2000–01, Kostitsyn spent the first two seasons of his early career with Polimir Novopolotsk, competing in several leagues, including the Eastern European Hockey League (EEHL). In the summer of 2002, he signed with CSKA Moscow and moved to Russia. He split his time with the organization between CSKA 2 of Russia's developmental league and also continued to play in the Belarusian league with Yunost. After his first season with CSKA, he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, tenth overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Kostitsyn drew favourable scouting reports from his strong showing at the 2003 World U-18 Championships and was expected to be taken
    7.67
    6 votes
    8
    Bret Hedican

    Bret Hedican

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Bret Michael Hedican (born August 10, 1970) is a retired American professional ice hockey player and a two-time US Olympian. Hedican was drafted 198th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. A product of St. Cloud State University, Hedican played with the 1992 US Olympic Team before he made his NHL debut in the 1991–92 season with the Blues. In his third season with the Blues, Hedican was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Jeff Brown and Nathan LaFayette for Craig Janney, on March 21, 1994. Hedican established himself in the Canucks blueline and after five seasons was later traded to the Florida Panthers by Vancouver with Pavel Bure, Brad Ference and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Robert Fried) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Florida's first round choice (Nathan Smith) in the 2000 Entry Draft, on January 17, 1999. Hedican was then traded by the Panthers with Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec to the Carolina Hurricanes for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie on January 16, 2002. He would spend five and a half seasons with the Hurricanes and won his only Stanley Cup in 2006. For the 2008–09 season, Hedican signed a
    6.57
    7 votes
    9
    Petteri Nummelin

    Petteri Nummelin

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Petteri Nummelin (born November 25, 1972 in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, and a former NHL defenceman for the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. He currently plays for HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga A. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets as their fifth-round pick, #133 overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Nummelin debuted with Finland's team in the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships where Finland won their first gold medal and has since represented his country in each consecutive year except 2008 and 2011. His total tournaments played count up to 15 at this date, which is more appearances than any other hockey player (past or present) has. Nummelin is the son of Timo Nummelin, a Finnish ice hockey hall of famer. Petteri Nummelin started playing ice hockey in his hometown Turku and played for a-junior team of TPS for 3 seasons after which he played for Kiekko-67 in the 1. Division. Nummelin debuted in the SM-Liiga during the 1992–93 Season which he spent playing partly for TPS and Reipas. Nummelin also played in Kiekko-67 and TPS A-Junior team during the season. After the 1992–93 season Nummelin stayed in TPS for 2 more
    8.60
    5 votes
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    Pekka Rinne

    Pekka Rinne

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Pekka Rinne (born November 3, 1982) is a Finnish professional hockey goaltender who plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rinne was developed in Kärpät playing predominantly for their junior team between 2000–2003 and after that, for their men's team in championship-winning years 2004 and 2005, mostly as a backup of Niklas Bäckström. Rinne was drafted 258th overall in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was signed by the Predators on August 23, 2005 and began his North American playing career with the Predators' top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Initially Rinne was slated to be the backup for Brian Finley, but Rinne became the starter as a consequence of Finley's poor play. In the summer of 2006, Rinne was "roughed up by a couple of unknown assailants" and during the fight he dislocated his shoulder. As a result, he had to have surgery and missed the first four months of the season. Rinne appeared in two NHL games with Nashville during the 2005–06 season. He compiled a record of 1–1–0 with a .900 save percentage and a GAA of
    9.75
    4 votes
    11
    Brian Sutter

    Brian Sutter

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Brian Louis Allen Sutter (born October 7, 1956) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward and former head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). Brian is the oldest of the famous Sutter brothers, six of whom have played in the NHL, and is the only one to have his number retired by an NHL team. Sutter was drafted by the St. Louis Blues during the 2nd round (20th overall) in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Blues until 1988, when a nagging back injury forced him into retirement. In 12 years with the Blues, he played in three NHL All-Star Games – 1982, 1983, and 1985. For the last nine years of his career, he was the Blues' captain. His jersey, #11, was retired by the St. Louis Blues on December 30, 1988. Almost immediately after retiring, he was named the Blues' head coach. (1988–1992). In 1991, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach. All told, he spent the first 16 years of his adult life at ice level with the Blues. Sutter subsequently held head coaching positions with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks (2001–2005). On June 21, 2005, the Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager; Tallon and the rebuilding Blackhawks
    7.33
    6 votes
    12
    Michal Rozsival

    Michal Rozsival

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Michal Rozsíval (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪxal ˈrossiːval]; born September 3, 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He joined the team in 2012, previously playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2000 until 2004, the New York Rangers from 2005 to 2011, and the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-12. Rozsíval was drafted in the fourth round, 105th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. To adjust to North American play, he moved to Canada to play junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos. Before making his debut with the Penguins, he played for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut in the 1999–2000 season. He came to the Rangers after the 2004–05 NHL lockout as a free agent. On April 29, 2007, Rozsíval ended the Rangers' longest home playoff game since 1971 by blasting a shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller at 16:43 of the second overtime period. On July 1, 2008, Rozsíval signed a four-year contract with the Rangers worth $24 million. On February 22, 2009, Rozsíval switched his jersey number to 33 when former Rangers'
    8.40
    5 votes
    13
    Anton Volchenkov

    Anton Volchenkov

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Anton Volchenkov (Russian: Антон Алексеевич Волченков; born February 25, 1982) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League (NHL). Volchenkov grew up in Moscow and began attending the CSKA hockey school at the age of six. Around time when he was in fourth grade, his family moved to Kiev, Ukraine and he began attending the Sokil Kyiv hockey school, as his uncle became the director of that school. After a year in Kiev, Volchenkov returned to the CSKA program in Moscow. Volchenkov was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round as the 21st overall selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2002–03 NHL season, he came to North America and played the entire season with the Senators. He is known for his fearless attitude towards other players and the puck, and is generally considered to be amongst the toughest players in the league. In his early days playing in Europe, he played goaltender. However, his coach instructed him to play defence, which may help explain why he led the NHL in blocked shots in 2006–07 by a large margin. He is consistently amongst the top shot blockers and hitters. After
    8.20
    5 votes
    14
    Paul Stastny

    Paul Stastny

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Paul Stastny (born December 27, 1985) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey center, an alternate captain for the Colorado Avalanche. Of Slovak lineage, Stastny is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Šťastný, who played for the Avalanche's predecessor, the Quebec Nordiques. Paul's older brother Yan has played for the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues. His uncles Anton and Marian Stastny both played in the NHL during the 1980s, also for the Nordiques. Stastny began his junior hockey career with the River City Lancers of the United States Hockey League before moving to the University of Denver Pioneers in 2004. He won the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in his first season playing for the Pioneers. He remained at the University of Denver for one more season. He signed a contract with the Avalanche before the 2006–07 NHL season, scored 78 points in 82 games in his rookie season and was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy. In 2007–08 he was named to his first NHL All-Star Game, but didn't play because of an appendectomy. As a dual citizen, Stastny has chosen to play for the U.S. in international hockey competitions, which have included the 2004 Viking
    8.20
    5 votes
    15
    Ben Bishop

    Ben Bishop

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Ben Bishop III (born November 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player. Bishop currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bishop previously played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen. Nicknamed "Big Ben", Bishop is the tallest goalie to ever play in the NHL at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m). Bishop is the son of Ben Bishop, Jr. and Cindy Bishop. Bishop's grandfather was a tennis professional who played in the US Open. Neither of Bishop's parents are nearly as tall as he is; his father is 6' 1" and his mother is 5' 3" tall. Bishop played youth hockey for the Kirkwood Stars in suburban St. Louis as well as the St. Louis Junior Blues. Bishop attended Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri. Bishop played forward until eight years of age when he was converted to a goaltender. Bishop played for the Texas Tornado of North American Hockey League during the 2004–05 season. He appeared in 45 games and posted a league-best record of 35 wins, eight losses, with five shutouts. His goals against average of 1.93 was second in the league. Most notably, he led the Texas Tornado to their second
    7.00
    6 votes
    16
    Martin Straka

    Martin Straka

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Martin Straka (born September 3, 1972) is a Czech ice hockey centre who plays for HC Plzeň 1929 of the Czech Extraliga. He is also the club's general manager and co-owner, having bought a 70% share of the team in 2009. Straka was drafted 19th overall by the Penguins in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and has played for several teams throughout his 15 year NHL career. After producing only 4 goals and 16 points in 31 games, Straka was traded to the Ottawa Senators on April 7, 1995 for Norm MacIver and Troy Murray. The following season, on January 23, 1996, less than a year after being traded to Ottawa, he was traded again. Straka, along with Don Beaupre and former #1 overall pick Bryan Berard was traded to the New York Islanders for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. He would be placed on waivers and claimed by the Florida Panthers on March 15, 1996. Florida would not re-sign Straka after the 1996–97 season, which made him an unrestricted free agent. He then returned to Pittsburgh beginning in 1997-98. He would go on to have a career year during the 2000–2001 season for Pittsburgh as he amassed 27 goals and 95 points and establish himself as one of the leagues premiere two-way players due to
    6.67
    6 votes
    17
    Chris Campoli

    Chris Campoli

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Chris Campoli (born July 9, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently a free agent. Campoli previously played with the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens. Campoli played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) for the Mississauga Senators. He then spent four years playing major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the Erie Otters, from the 2000–01 season, through the 2003–04 season, being named team captain during his final season. He volunteered his time at the Erie Unit of the Shriners Hospital for Children, playing card and board games with the children, and assisting staff by taking height and weights of the patients. Having made himself very involved with charity work in and around the city of Erie, PA, which was home to the Otters, Campoli won the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the OHL's top humanitarian in 2003-04. Chris Campoli attended John Cabot Catholic Secondary School for two years before leaving to play for the Erie Otters. Campoli was a seventh-round selection, 227th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 80 games with the Islanders
    6.50
    6 votes
    18
    Roy Worters

    Roy Worters

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Roy "Shrimp" Worters (October 19, 1900 in Toronto, Ontario – November 7, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) was a Canadian professional Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans, and was notable for recording 66 shutouts in his career and being, at 5'3" tall, the shortest player ever to play in the NHL. Before his NHL career, Worters spent several years in amateur and senior leagues, spending the 1923-24 and 1924-25 seasons as the star netminder for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, leading the Yellow Jackets to championships both seasons. Bolstered by the success, the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates joined the NHL the following season, with Worters in goal and substantially the same lineup as the Yellow Jackets. Worters proved an iron man, playing three seasons for the Pirates and in virtually all of their games, showing great skill while backstopping a weak defensive team; in the Pirates' first season, Worters stopped 70 of 73 shots (setting a then-NHL record) in a 3–1 loss to the Americans. Worters refused to sign with the Pirates
    6.33
    6 votes
    19
    Jakub Klepis

    Jakub Klepis

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jakub Klepiš (born June 5, 1984 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Klepiš was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Before ever playing for Ottawa, Klepiš was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 2003 in a deal that sent Vaclav Varada to the Senators. He was later dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 9, 2004 in exchange for forward Mike Grier. Klepiš ultimately played in 66 NHL games (all with the Capitals) before returning to Europe to continue his pro career. He has won the Gagarin Cup in 2012 with Dynamo Moscow. He scored the series-winning goal in the seventh game. Klepiš played his first game for the national team in 2004, and has played 14 times for the Czech national team (as of January 3, 2009). Played for the Czech Republic in:
    9.67
    3 votes
    20
    Zbynek Michalek

    Zbynek Michalek

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Zbyněk Michálek (born 23 December 1982) is a Czech professional ice hockey player. Michalek is currently a member of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. He is the older brother of Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michálek. Michálek played two seasons of junior ice hockey for Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. He was not drafted in the NHL Entry Draft, but began playing professional hockey in 2002 with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, winning a Calder Cup championship with the Aeros in 2003. He made his NHL debut during the 2003–04 season with the Minnesota Wild, the Aeros NHL affiliate. In 2005, Michálek was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Erik Westrum and Dustin Wood. He played five seasons for Phoenix, leading the league in blocked shots during the 2008–09 season. His excellent play continued into 2010 as he helped the Coyotes earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. However, he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010. In anticipation, he was described as "The Defenseman Every Team Wants" by AOL Fanhouse, due to his strong
    7.20
    5 votes
    21
    Jonathan Cheechoo

    Jonathan Cheechoo

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Jonathan Earl Cheechoo (/ˈtʃiːtʃuː/; Cree: ᔔᓇᕦᓐ ᒋᒍ; born July 15, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. During the 2005–06 National Hockey League season, he led the NHL with 56 goals and won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. He was the first San Jose Sharks player to win the "Rocket" Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL player with the most goals in a season. After the 2005-06 season, his production numbers began to fall, and he has since struggled to earn spots on NHL teams. Drafted by the Belleville Bulls of the OHL in the 1997 OHL priority selection, Cheechoo had a reasonably strong rookie year in 1997–1998 with 76 points (31 goals + 45 assists) in 64 games, good for third place on his team. In the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, San Jose sent the 2nd overall pick (David Legwand) to Nashville for the third overall pick (Brad Stuart) and the 29th overall pick, which they used to draft Cheechoo. Most had predicted that Cheechoo would be a later-round pick, and San Jose was criticized for picking a lackluster forward who "skated slower forwards than most players skated backwards" instead of the
    8.25
    4 votes
    22
    David Legwand

    David Legwand

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    David Legwand (born August 17, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Legwand attended Grosse Pointe North High School. He played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In the season before he was drafted, he scored 54 goals along with 51 assists, totaling 105 points. He also won the Red Tilson Award as the most outstanding player in the league. This raised his profile to the NHL scouts and led to him being drafted 2nd overall by the Predators in 1998, behind NHL All-Star Vincent Lecavalier. He was briefly called up late in the team's inaugural season, and has spent his entire NHL career with the Predators. He currently holds virtually every franchise record for the Predators, including most games played, goals, assists, and points. Through the 2011–12 season, he has 501 points in 846 career NHL games. During the NHL 2004–05 lockout season, Legwand played for the Swiss team EHC Basel. Legwand became the first NHL player to score on a penalty shot in overtime on December 23, 2000 against the New York Rangers.
    5.43
    7 votes
    23
    Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    John Joseph Louis "Jack" Johnson III (born January 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Los Angeles Kings. Jack Johnson attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Minnesota. As a sophomore during the 2002–03 hockey season, he helped the school's Midget Major AAA team win the U.S. National Championship along with current NHL Sidney Crosby. Johnson was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, third overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Team USA under-18 national team, but did not immediately jump to the NHL, instead playing for the University of Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In his freshman season, Johnson set school records for points (32) and penalty minutes (149) by a freshman defenseman. After his freshman season, however, with the Hurricanes needing a defenseman and Johnson having committed to another collegiate season (the Hurricanes had tried to sign him after his freshman season ended), Canes' GM Jim Rutherford traded Johnson's rights on September 29, 2006, along with Oleg Tverdovsky,
    7.00
    5 votes
    24
    Nick Boynton

    Nick Boynton

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Nicholas Carl Boynton (born January 14, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Boynton grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Nobleton, Ontario with the NobleKing Knights before moving to AAA with the Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings of the OMHA. He played bantam AAA with the Kings before signing as a 15-year old with the Caledon Canadians Jr.A. club of the Metro Junior Hockey League in 1994–95. He was a standout for four seasons with the OHL's Ottawa 67's, finishing his junior career in 1998-99 with 59 points in 51 games. Boynton was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After failing to come to terms on a contract with the Capitals, Boynton was eligible to return to the draft, and he was subsequently selected in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Boynton played for the Bruins until 2005-06. His best season was 2003–04 when he registered 30 points. During the NHL lockout season of 2004–05, Boynton played for the Nottingham Panthers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League, memorably scoring the equalizing goal in the British Championship Grand Final. On June 26, 2006, he
    7.00
    5 votes
    25
    Jiri Slegr

    Jiri Slegr

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Jiří Šlégr (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈʃlɛːɡr̩] ( listen); born 30 May 1971) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey defenceman, playing his last season for HC Litvínov of the Czech Extraliga in 2009-2010. In 2010, Šlégr, a candidate of the Czech Social Democratic Party, was elected into the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He is the estranged son of former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jiří Bubla. He legally changed his surname from Bubla to his stepfather's surname of Slegr as a child. Šlégr was drafted 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Šlégr played parts of three seasons with the Canucks, before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Roman Oksiuta, where he played for parts of two seasons. He spent the 1996–97 season playing in Södertälje SK in Sweden. He then returned to the NHL, where he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 3rd round draft pick, and played three and a half seasons there. In January 2001, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for a 3rd round draft pick. Atlanta traded Šlégr to the Detroit Red Wings for Yuri Butsayev and a 3rd round draft pick in March 2002. He won a Stanley Cup
    8.00
    4 votes
    26
    Manny Malhotra

    Manny Malhotra

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Emmanuel Noveen Malhotra (born, May 18, 1980) is an Indo-Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has additionally played in the NHL for the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers. Malhotra is known as a two-way forward and for his faceoff proficiency. Malhotra was drafted in the first round as the seventh overall pick of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He joined the NHL after a two-year career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Guelph Storm, with whom he served as captain in his final year. Winning a J. Ross Robertson Cup championship and subsequently appearing in the 1998 Memorial Cup with the Storm, Malhotra also earned a Bobby Smith Trophy, George Parsons Trophy and Memorial Cup All-Star honours as a junior. He played with the Rangers from 1998 to 2002. During this time he was assigned on numerous occasions to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, with whom he won a Calder Cup championship in 2000. At the 2001–02 trade deadline, he was dealt to the Stars and spent parts of three seasons with
    8.00
    4 votes
    27
    Ray LeBlanc

    Ray LeBlanc

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Raymond J. LeBlanc (born October 24, 1964) is a retired American professional ice hockey goaltender. He is best known as the goaltender for the United States team at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He was never drafted in the National Hockey League. After playing two seasons of junior hockey in Ontario, LeBlanc turned professional and joined the Pineridge Bucks of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League for the 1984–85 season. He then played one season for the ACHL's Carolina Thunderbirds before moving on to the International Hockey League, where he would spend the majority of his career. In his IHL rookie season, 1986–87 with the Flint Spirits, LeBlanc appeared in 63 games and was awarded the Ken McKenzie Trophy as the top American-born rookie in the league. LeBlanc played for the IHL's Flint Spirits, Saginaw Hawks, Indianapolis Ice, Fort Wayne Komets, Cincinnati Cyclones and Chicago Wolves during his career. LeBlanc spent the final two seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Lizard Kings of the ECHL and retired after the 1999–2000 season. LeBlanc appeared in one National Hockey League game in his career, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1991–92 season.
    8.00
    4 votes
    28
    Simon Gagné

    Simon Gagné

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Simon Gagné (French pronunciation: [simɔ̃ ɡaɲe]; born February 29, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to Los Angeles, he spent the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers (1999-10) and another with the Tampa Bay Lightning (10-11). On June 11, 2012, he won the Stanley Cup with the Kings. Drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) 22nd overall in 1998, Gagné played major junior with the Beauport Harfangs and Quebec Remparts for three seasons. He began his NHL career with the Flyers in 1999 and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He has appeared in two NHL All-Star Games and has won two Bobby Clarke Trophies with the Flyers as team MVP. Internationally, Gagné has represented Team Canada on five occasions. He has won silver medals at the 1999 World Junior Championships and 2005 World Championships, while winning gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics and a World Cup championship in 2004. Gagné was 16 when he broke into the QMJHL as a member of the Beauport Harfangs during the 1996–97 season. Playing mostly on the third and fourth lines, Gagné finished with 31
    8.00
    4 votes
    29
    Brian Boucher

    Brian Boucher

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Brian "Boosh" Boucher (pronounced Boo-shay) (born January 2, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Boucher was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, 22nd overall. He began play with the Flyers in the 1999–2000 season, taking the starting position from veteran John Vanbiesbrouck and helped the team secure the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division regular season titles while leading the NHL in goals against average at 1.91. In the playoffs, he backstopped his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. Along the way, he recorded several memorable moments, including a five-overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins and a sprawling save against Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils. Although the Flyers were ahead 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Devils and despite the return of the injured Eric Lindros, Boucher and the Flyers lost in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. In 2000–01, however, a weak start saw him lose his starting position to Roman Čechmánek. He was traded with draft picks to the Phoenix Coyotes
    6.80
    5 votes
    30
    Brian McGrattan

    Brian McGrattan

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Brian McGrattan (born September 2, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). McGrattan is an enforcer who built a solid reputation for himself, particularly during the American Hockey League's 2004–05 season when he established an all-time league record for penalty minutes in a single season (551). During his junior hockey career he played for six teams in the OHL between 1997 and 2002. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft but never played for the team. On June 2, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators. McGrattan played his first NHL game with the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 shootout win at Toronto on Oct. 5, 2005. He scored his first goal against all-star goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and his second versus the Atlanta Thrashers. McGrattan truly arrived as an NHL enforcer during a game with the Senators against the arch-rival Maple Leafs on October 29, 2005. In a fight, he defeated Toronto's Tie Domi, then one of the league's top fighters, and Domi was forced to leave the game with a
    7.75
    4 votes
    31
    Joe Hall

    Joe Hall

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Joseph Henry Hall (May 3, 1881 – April 5, 1919), nicknamed Bad Joe Hall, was a professional ice hockey defenceman who played professionally from 1904 until 1919 when he died as a result of the influenza epidemic of 1918. He won the Stanley Cup twice with the Quebec Bulldogs and once with the Kenora Thistles. Hall was born in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. He played in the Manitoba Hockey Association with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Winnipeg Rowing Club and the Kenora Thistles, and in the National Hockey Association as a member of the Quebec Bulldogs. He played for the Montreal Canadiens in their first two seasons in the National Hockey League from 1917-1919. Hall won the Stanley Cup with the Kenora Thistles in 1907, for which he received a 'loving cup' which is on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He won the Cup with the Quebec Bulldogs in 1912 and 1913. He also challenged for the Stanley Cup in 1904 with the Winnipeg Rowing Club. In 1919, he was part of the Montreal Canadiens team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Finals were interrupted and eventually cancelled due to an outbreak of Spanish influenza. The flu was contracted by
    7.75
    4 votes
    32
    Michael Nylander

    Michael Nylander

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michael Nylander (born October 3, 1972) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre who is currently playing for the Kloten Flyers in the Swiss National League A. Nylander was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the third round (59th overall) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. In the NHL, he has played for the Hartford Whalers (1992–1994), Calgary Flames (1994–98), Tampa Bay Lightning (1999), Chicago Blackhawks (1999–2002), Washington Capitals (2002–2003), and Boston Bruins (2004), New York Rangers (2005–2007), and Washington Capitals (2007–present). Michael scored his first career NHL goal on November 27, 1992 in his 16th game at the famed Boston Garden in a 5-4 Whalers loss. Rejean Lemelin was the Bruins goaltender. Nylander was signed by the New York Rangers for the 2005–06 season and played well with All-Star right-winger Jaromír Jágr. He centred the first line and first power play unit. Statistically, Nylander had his best season as he helped the Rangers reach 100 points for the first time since 1994. Following their 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on April 8, 2006, Nylander was interviewed by NBC's Pierre McGuire. He popped the word "shit" on live television, when
    5.83
    6 votes
    33
    Dany Sabourin

    Dany Sabourin

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Daniel Sabourin (born September 2, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently under contract for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently assigned to the Capitals' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Drafted in the fourth round, 108th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he played four games with Calgary before moving to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2006, he was awarded the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as top goaltender in the AHL after achieving 30 wins in 49 games with Pittsburgh's AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre. In October 2006, the Vancouver Canucks claimed him via waivers, where he served as backup to Roberto Luongo. On February 20, 2007, Sabourin achieved his first NHL win in 12 career games, when the Canucks defeated the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, by a score of 3–2. On April 25, 2007, he made his playoff debut during the last 10 minutes of the third period when Roberto Luongo was pulled after Anaheim scored their 4th goal in the first game of the series. Anaheim scored their fifth goal on Sabourin during the final minute of the game, ending with a score of 5–1. On May 3, 2007,
    6.60
    5 votes
    34
    Michal Handzus

    Michal Handzus

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michal Handzuš (born March 11, 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Handzuš was drafted 101st overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, playing with them for two and a half seasons from 1998–99 to 2000–01. He finished second in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy following the 1999–2000 season. He was then traded on March 13, 2001 with Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe and two first-round draft picks to the Phoenix Coyotes for Keith Tkachuk. Handzuš spent two seasons with Phoenix. On June 12, 2002, Handzuš was traded with Robert Esche to the Philadelphia Flyers for Brian Boucher and a third-round draft pick. On December 5, 2002, he became only the second player in NHL history to score a penalty shot goal in overtime. In the 2003–04 season he finished second on the Flyers with 58 points, and signed a three-year contract with Philadelphia in the off-season. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout he played for the HKm Zvolen, which reached the playoff finals in the Slovak Extraliga. On August 4, 2006, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Kyle Calder. Only eight games into his season
    6.60
    5 votes
    35
    Brooks Laich

    Brooks Laich

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Evan Brooks Laich ( /ˈlaɪk/; born June 23, 1983) is a Canadian ice hockey player, who is an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Laich was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, and was later traded to the Capitals as part of the package for Peter Bondra. Before playing professionally, Laich spent time in the Western Hockey League playing with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Seattle Thunderbirds. He has represented Canada internationally, capturing a silver medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships, and playing for Canada again at the 2010 World Hockey Championships. Laich is one of the team's leaders, and plays in all situations for the Capitals. Laich started playing minor hockey in his hometown of Wawota, Saskatchewan. During the 1999–2000 season, was the top scorer and most valuable player for the midget AAA Tisdale Trojans. He was the runner up for league MVP. Laich started his junior hockey career with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) during the 2000–01 season. He played in 71 games with the Warriors, scoring nine goals and adding 21 assists. Laich was a dedicated student in Moose
    7.50
    4 votes
    36
    Darius Kasparaitis

    Darius Kasparaitis

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Darius Kasparaitis (Russian: Дарюс Каспарайтис; born October 16, 1972) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman. Known by the nickname Kaspar, he has dual citizenship in both the United States and Russia, and he has played for the Russian national ice hockey team. Kasparaitis left Lithuania for Russia at age 14 after training with Aleksey Nikiforov to play ice hockey at a higher level. Kasparaitis played his first game for Dynamo Moscow, one of the premier teams in the Soviet Union, at the age of 16 during the 1988–89 season, and won the Soviet League championship with them in 1992. He was drafted by the New York Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Kasparaitis has played for the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers. Kasparaitis is known for his aggressive physical playing style and has led his teams in hits several times, including his rookie season, in 1992–93 NHL season with the New York Islanders. Kasparaitis' made a hard hit on Eric Lindros in 1998 that knocked Lindros out of action for 18 games, and he scored a game seven overtime goal vs. Buffalo in 2001. He was traded to the
    7.50
    4 votes
    37
    Denis Hamel

    Denis Hamel

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Denis Jean Hamel (born May 10, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). A former star in junior, Hamel has not been able to translate his scoring success in junior to the National Hockey League (NHL), although he has had success at the AHL level, being named an AHL All-Star 3 times. After a serious knee injury in 2000, Hamel's skating speed was diminished and has limited his ability to contribute in the NHL. He is known as a fan favourite with the Senators, and is known for his contributions to the community, for which he won the 2008 AHL Man of the Year award. Hamel was drafted 153rd overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Before he graduated from junior hockey, the Blues traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres. After 3 seasons with the Sabres' AHL team, the Rochester Americans, he played two full seasons with the Sabres in 2000–01 and 2001–02. During the 2000–01 season, he suffered a serious knee injury which limited his play to 41 games and affected his skating speed. He split the 2003–04 season between Buffalo and Rochester. For the 2003–04 season, Hamel
    7.50
    4 votes
    38
    Jamie Lundmark

    Jamie Lundmark

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jamie Lundmark (born January 16, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with Dinamo Riga of the KHL. Lundmark was drafted in the 1st round, 9th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft out of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Lundmark also played junior hockey with the AJHL's St. Albert Saints and the Seattle Thunderbirds. Lundmark has played professionally with the New York Rangers as well as the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack and San Antonio Rampage, as well as playing in Italy during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. His previous NHL team was the Phoenix Coyotes, and he returned to play 38 games for the Coyotes before being traded to the Calgary Flames. On January 29, 2007, he was traded, along with a fourth-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, from the Flames to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for former Flame Craig Conroy. On July 27, 2007, Lundmark signed a one-year contract with HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League. In December, 2007, Lundmark left HC Dynamo Moscow, and returned to North America, joining the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. On
    7.50
    4 votes
    39
    Rene Bourque

    Rene Bourque

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    René Gary Wayne Bourque (born December 10, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). An undrafted player, Bourque was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 2004 and made his NHL debut in 2005–06. He spent three years in Chicago before a 2008 trade sent him to Calgary where he established himself as a key offensive player for the Flames. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for MIke Cammalleri after his best NHL years with the Flames. Bourque is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he played four seasons of hockey and served as a co-captain in his senior year. He turned professional in 2004 when he joined the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). He won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's rookie of the year in 2004–05 before beginning his NHL career. Bourque has played for the Canadian national team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Of Métis heritage, Bourque has initiated several charitable causes dedicated to encouraging aboriginal children and helping youth from rural Northern Alberta afford the cost of playing
    7.50
    4 votes
    40
    Tom Poti

    Tom Poti

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Thomas Emilio Poti (born March 22, 1977) is an ice hockey defenseman for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. He attended Saint Peter-Marian High School for two years. A graduate of the Cushing Academy, Poti moved on to play for Boston University of Hockey East. At BU Poti became the first defenseman since Dave Archambault to win the Beanpot MVP. Poti was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 59th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers. On March 19, 2002, the Rangers acquired Poti and Rem Murray in exchange for Mike York and a fourth round selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Poti was the point man on New York's top power-play unit until Fedor Tyutin took over. During his time with the Rangers, Poti became unpopular with his team's fans, to the point that he was booed at home whenever he touched the puck and cheered when he left the ice for a player change. In the summer of 2006 Poti signed as a free agent with the Rangers' crosstown rival New York Islanders. He continued to hear choruses of boos when he touched the puck at Madison Square Garden. On July 1, 2007, Poti signed a four-year deal with the Washington Capitals worth $3.5 million per year.
    7.50
    4 votes
    41
    Mark Mancari

    Mark Mancari

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Mark Mancari (born July 11, 1985) is a Canadian ice hockey right winger. He is currently playing for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). Mancari was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's, Mancari made his professional debut with the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in the 2005–06 season. He played in 71 games and recorded 42 points. He made his National Hockey League debut with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006–07 season, recording one assist in three games. He currently holds the AHL's hardest-shot record, with a speed of 102.8 mph in the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic Skills Competition. Mancari was called up from Portland on November 21, 2008. The next day, he scored his first NHL goal against the New York Islanders. He was reassigned to the AHL on December 7, 2008 and named to the 2009 AHL Canadian All-Star team on January 6, 2009. Mancari began the 2010–11 NHL season in Portland where he played 23 games for the Pirates before being recalled to the NHL to suit up for the Sabres on December 7,
    8.67
    3 votes
    42
    Justin Williams

    Justin Williams

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Justin Williams (born October 4, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes. He has been part of two Stanley Cup winning teams, in 2006 with Carolina and 2012 with Los Angeles. Justin Williams grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and played minor hockey in nearby Port Hope of the OMHA before gaining a reputation as a skilled playmaker with the Cobourg Cougars Jr.A. (OHA) in 1997-98. Williams was drafted in the 6th round (125th overall) by the Plymouth Whalers in the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. Williams was signed as a 16-year old by the Whalers and split time between the OHL club and their affiliate Compuware Jr.A. club (NAHL) in the 1998-99 season. He finished his Juniors hockey with two seasons played for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. In four seasons played with the Philadelphia Flyers, Williams struggled to live up to expectations as he tried to adapt to the varying systems of three separate coaches, Craig Ramsay (2000), Bill Barber (2000–02), and Ken Hitchcock (2002–06). Williams was also
    10.00
    2 votes
    43
    Anton Babchuk

    Anton Babchuk

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Anton Anatoliiovych Babchuk (Ukrainian: Антон Анатолійович Бабчук; born May 6, 1984) is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey defenceman playing for Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Due to the 2012 NHL lockout, is currently signed with the Kontinental Hockey League's HC Donbass for the 2012-13 season. Babchuk was a first round selection, 21st overall, of the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and has played for the Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, and Calgary Flames in his NHL career. He has also played with Ak Bars Kazan, SKA Saint Petersburg and Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League (now Kontinental Hockey League). Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Babchuk began playing hockey at the age of three. He began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate, a team which included fellow future Ukrainian NHLer Nikolai Zherdev. While participating in an overseas peewee tournament in Quebec, Canada, Babchuk's team found itself competing against a team from Elektrostal, Russia. The rival team's coach, Ravil Iskakhov, took note of both Babchuk and Zherdev, and invited the pair to further their development with the Elemash Elektrostal hockey
    7.25
    4 votes
    44
    François Beauchemin

    François Beauchemin

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    François Beauchemin (born June 4, 1980) is a French Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently a member of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League, his second tenure with the organization. Beauchemin played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons with the Laval Titan Collège Français, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Moncton Wildcats. In his draft year, he recorded 47 points in 70 games with Laval. He was then drafted 75th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, he returned to the QMJHL for two more seasons, helping Acadie-Bathurst to a President's Cup in 1999 as league champions. Turning pro in 2000–01, Beauchemin spent four seasons with the Canadiens organization playing between several minor league affiliates. He made his NHL debut in 2002–03, appearing in 1 game for the Canadiens. On September 14, 2004, Beauchemin was placed on waivers and claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets. As NHL play was suspended due to the lockout, he spent the 2004–05 season with the Blue Jackets American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. The next season, Beauchemin earned an NHL
    7.25
    4 votes
    45
    Garnet Exelby

    Garnet Exelby

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Garnet Exelby (born August 16, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is particularly known for his aggressive style of play and his fearsome body checking skills. Exelby was drafted by the Thrashers in round 8, 217th overall, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Having already spent one year playing junior hockey for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Exelby played the next two seasons at the WHL with the Blades and the Regina Pats. In the 2001–02 season, Exelby moved away from the juniors and played in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves. He stayed with the Wolves for the whole of that season, as the Wolves clinched the AHL's Calder Cup. Exelby was called up to the main Thrashers roster midway through the 2002–03 NHL season. On July 1, 2009, Exelby was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Colin Stuart for Pavel Kubina and the rights to Tim Stapleton. Exelby became a free agent on July 1, 2010. He was invited on a try-out basis with the New York Rangers. He was let go on September 27. On November 26, 2010 the Chicago Blackhawks signed Exelby to a one-year contract and assigned him to their
    7.25
    4 votes
    46
    Marian Gaborik

    Marian Gaborik

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Marián Gáborík (born February 14, 1982) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his career in the Slovak Extraliga with HC Dukla Trenčín for two seasons before being drafted third overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Spending eight seasons in Minnesota before signing with the Rangers in 2009, Gáborík is the Wild's all-time leading scorer in goals and points. Internationally, Gáborík is a two-time Olympian with Slovakia and has won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships. Gáborík played with HC Dukla Trencin's junior team and scored 59 points over 36 games in 1997–98. That same season, he appeared in one Slovak Extraliga game with Dukla Trencin's men's team, scoring a goal in his professional debut. The following season in 1998–99, he joined Dukla Trencin in the Slovak Extraliga full-time and 20 points over 33 games as a rookie. Gáborík then improved to 46 points in 50 games the following season in his draft year. Gáborík was drafted by the Minnesota Wild with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft after Rick DiPietro
    7.25
    4 votes
    47
    Paul Gaustad

    Paul Gaustad

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Paul Michael Gaustad (born February 3, 1982) is a professional ice hockey center for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. He is nicknamed "Goose". Gaustad was drafted in the 7th round (220th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. In the off-season Paul lives in Portland, Oregon. He also played for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. Prior to joining Portland in 1999–2000, Gaustad was a Portland Jr. Hawk. Afterward, Gaustad started playing for a Tier II team in Burnaby, B.C. of the BCJHL. In his three seasons with the Winter Hawks, Gaustad registered 135 points (53–82–135) before making his professional debut with the Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester in 2002–03. Upon his arrival in Rochester, the Fargo native registered 53 points (14–39–53) in 80 games while seeing his first action with the parent club. In 2005, he secured a starting position with the Buffalo Sabres, where he played mostly as 4th line center, and played the power forward/enforcer role, along with teammates Adam Mair and Andrew Peters. Gaustad, who had worn the number 14 in Rochester, had to double his number to 28 in Buffalo, due to 14 being retired in honor of Rene Robert.
    7.25
    4 votes
    48
    Teemu Selänne

    Teemu Selänne

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Teemu Ilmari Selänne (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈteːmu ˈilmɑri ˈselænːe]) nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" (born July 3, 1970) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, an alternate captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). An offensive player known for his skill and speed, Selänne has led the NHL in goal-scoring three times and has been named to the league's First All-Star Team on two occasions. He has won the Stanley Cup once with the Ducks in 2007. Selänne started his hockey career on the youth team, EPS (Espoon Palloseura). While playing junior with Finnish club Jokerit, Selänne was selected 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. Continuing to play with Jokerit following his draft, he played two-and-a-half seasons in Finland's premier league, the SM-liiga. In 1992–93, he joined the Jets and set NHL rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points, en route to the Calder Memorial Trophy. After three-and-a-half seasons with the Jets, he was traded to the Mighty Ducks and formed a high-scoring duo with winger Paul Kariya on the team's top line. Selänne's initial five-year tenure with Anaheim included two 100-point seasons and a Lady Byng
    7.25
    4 votes
    49
    Alex Tanguay

    Alex Tanguay

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Alexandre Tanguay (born November 21, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has additionally played with the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL and briefly for HC Lugano in the Swiss National League A in 2004. An offensive player, he is best known for his passing and playmaking ability. An alumnus of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Tanguay is the team's all-time leading scorer and had his jersey retired. During his junior career, he was also a member of Canada's under-20 team at the 1998 World Junior Championships. Selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he began his NHL career with Colorado in 1999. Tanguay won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, scoring the championship-winning goal in Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils. Individually, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy following his rookie season and was chosen to the 2004 All-Star Game during his six-year tenure with Colorado. In July 2006, he was traded to the Flames and spent two years with the club
    8.33
    3 votes
    50
    Brandon Dubinsky

    Brandon Dubinsky

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Brandon Dubinsky (born April 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the New York Rangers. Dubinsky began playing youth hockey in Anchorage, and graduated from Service High School in 2004. He played his junior career with Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for four years, and was a two-time Western Conference second team All-Star before being drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. Dubinsky played for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) for most of the 2006-2007 season. He first played for the New York Rangers on March 8, 2007, against the New York Islanders. Dubinsky scored his first NHL goal against Marc-André Fleury on November 8, 2007, in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dubinsky was the 3rd star of the game. Much of the season was spent centering the Rangers' first forward line with Jaromír Jágr and Sean Avery. He was one of sixteen rookies selected to participate in the 2008 YoungStars competition at the 56th NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. He scored two goals and one
    8.33
    3 votes
    51
    Frans Nielsen

    Frans Nielsen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Frans Nielsen (born April 24, 1984) is a Danish professional ice hockey player currently playing with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the first Danish citizen to play in the NHL. Nielsen was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round, 87th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After playing in the Swedish Elitserien since 2001, Nielsen signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on May 15, 2006. He has also played for the Danish national team. With over 216 games in the Elitserien, Nielsen recorded 25 goals and 34 assists for 59 points and 66 penalty minutes. Nielsen started the 2006–07 AHL season with the Islanders' affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and was recalled to the Islanders on January 5, 2007. He made his NHL debut on January 6. At the time of his recall, he had recorded a point in nine consecutive American Hockey League (AHL) games, which was three games shy of the Sound Tigers' club record. Nielsen was the first Danish-born player in the NHL since the 1979–80 NHL season. Poul Popiel was an NHL defenceman in the late 1960s and the 1970s. Popiel played his last games in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers in the
    8.33
    3 votes
    52
    Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Nathan Robinson (born December 31, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with Espoo Blues of the SM-liiga in Finland. Robinson played major junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, where he won the OHL scoring title in the 2001-02 season. He was passed over in the NHL Entry Draft but signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent on October 15, 2002. He made his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 2003–04 NHL season, playing five games in all, going scoreless. After three years within the Red Wings organization on August 15, 2005, he signed with the Boston Bruins and over the course of the 2005–06 season played two more games in the NHL but again went pointless receiving very little playing time to prove his potential. In 2006, he left for Europe signing with Adler Mannheim in Germany and then moved to Eisbären Berlin the next season becoming an elite player in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Prior to the 2009–10 season he signed a two-year contract to return with Adler Mannheim. In his first season in his return to Mannheim, Robinson helped the Eagles become DEL Champions, marking his third successive DEL
    8.33
    3 votes
    53
    Niclas Wallin

    Niclas Wallin

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Niclas Wallin (born 20 February 1975) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for Luleå of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL). Wallin's career began in Bodens IK, his hometown team. Having had a breakthrough in the 1995–96 season, he was picked up by the Swedish Elitserien team Brynäs. After spending some years with Brynäs, Wallin was drafted in the fourth round, 97th overall by the Hurricanes at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and remained at the team until February 2010. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Wallin returned to his native Sweden, playing 39 games for Luleå. In 2006, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes. Niclas Wallin is known to many Hurricanes fans as The Secret Weapon due to his timing with postseason goals. He has only scored four of them, but all of them have been game winners, and three have come in overtime, including a game against the Montreal Canadiens in 2002 and Game 2 of the 2006 postseason series against the New Jersey Devils. The fourth one was a game-winning goal in Game 2 of the 2011 Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Wallin was featured in a Top 10 list on TSN's Sportscentre in 2006 after he
    8.33
    3 votes
    54
    Sylvain Lefebvre

    Sylvain Lefebvre

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Sylvain Lefebvre (born October 14, 1967) is a retired ice hockey defenceman who played on five different National Hockey League teams from 1989 to 2003. He is currently the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL. He signed with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and made the team's roster in 1989–90 as an undrafted free agent. He played three seasons with the Habs before being dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a third round draft pick prior to the start of the 1992–93 season. Lefebvre played two seasons with the Leafs before being dealt to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the Wendel Clark-Mats Sundin blockbuster trade on June 28, 1994. Lefebvre played the next five seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche before signing a four-year, $10-million US contract with the New York Rangers that secured a club-option for him to play a fifth season at $3 million in the 1999 off-season. Lefebvre's productivity decreased with the help of several injuries, including a shattered index finger which occurred while blocking a shot. The doctor compared the injury to taking a hammer and hitting his finger until the bone is literally shattered into little pieces.
    9.50
    2 votes
    55
    Peter Budaj

    Peter Budaj

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Peter Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Budaj was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 draft as the first pick for the Avalanche and 63rd overall. He wears number 31 for the Avalanche prior to playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In his first NHL season in 2005–06, he appeared in 34 games while backing up David Aebischer and then José Théodore. He recorded a combined 47 wins in the next two seasons while splitting duties with Théodore. His first NHL playoff appearances came in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs in relief of Théodore in Colorado's second round matchup against the eventual Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings. Budaj played his 100th NHL game on November 3, 2007, in a 4-3 home loss against the Vancouver Canucks. For the 2008–09 season, Budaj was named the starting goalie for the Colorado Avalanche for the first time. He and backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft struggled throughout the season as the Avalanche finished last in the Western
    7.00
    4 votes
    56
    Chris Osgood

    Chris Osgood

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Christopher John Osgood (born November 26, 1972) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He's currently ranked tenth in wins in NHL regular season history with 401 career wins. He spent the first part of his 17-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, then the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues before returning to Detroit in 2005. He won three Stanley Cup championships in his career, all with the Red Wings, with two of them coming while he was starting goaltender. He was known in Detroit by his nicknames "Ozzie," chanted by the crowd after a big save, and "The Wizard of Oz." He was the last NHL goalie to wear a traditional player's helmet/cage combo instead of the newer one piece goalie mask as he was grandfathered by the NHL, until Rick DiPietro briefly wore one in 2011 with a cage that Osgood actually used to wear, after DiPietro was injured in a fight with Brent Johnson. He is also one of only ten goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only five to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent's net (not an "own goal"), on March 6, 1996 vs. the Hartford Whalers. Chris Osgood was drafted 54th overall by the Red
    6.00
    5 votes
    57
    Ville Peltonen

    Ville Peltonen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Ville Sakari Peltonen (born May 24, 1973 Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga. He is the captain of his team. Peltonen was drafted by the San Jose Sharks as their third round pick, 58th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. During his professional career, he has played 382 NHL games for Sharks, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers. Peltonen started playing hockey with Etelä-Vantaan Urheilijat (EVU), and moved to HIFK when he was ten years old. He debuted the Finnish SM-liiga in 1991–92 SM-liiga season, playing six games in regular season. The following year, Peltonen scored 13 goals and 37 points in 46 games with HIFK winning the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy as the best rookie of the season. The NHL franchise San Jose Sharks drafted Peltonen as their third round pick, 58th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Peltonen decided to stay with HIFK for two more seasons before heading to the NHL. In his rookie season in the NHL, Peltonen played 31 games with Sharks, scoring 13 points. He scored his first career NHL goal on February 26, 1996 against the Montreal Canadiens into an empty net in a Sharks 7-4
    6.00
    5 votes
    58
    Aaron Gavey

    Aaron Gavey

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Aaron Gavey (born February 22, 1974) is a retired ice hockey player. He last played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks). Gavey played Junior "A" hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League from 1991 through 1994, during which time he tallied 94 goals and 110 assists in 170 games. The Greyhounds played in the Memorial Cup all three years, winning the tournament in 1994 and finishing as the runner-up in 1993. Gavey was drafted 74th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and has played for six different NHL teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He has played 355 career NHL games, scoring 41 goals and 50 assists for 91 points. During the 2004/05 season he had a very brief stint with the Storhamar Dragons of Hamar, Norway. He only played two games before leaving the club. He moved to Germany and played for the Kölner Haie in season 2006/07. His contract was not renewed.
    8.00
    3 votes
    59
    Matt Jones

    Matt Jones

    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Matt S. Jones (born August 8, 1983 in Downers Grove, Illinois) is a professional ice hockey and is a free agent. Jones was selected 80th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He played four seasons at the University of North Dakota and helped lead his team to the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four championship game as an assistant captain. Jones made his professional debut in the 2005–06 season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Jones made his NHL debut in the same year, playing in 16 games with the Coyotes. On March 3, 2010, Jones was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with a 4th-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and a 7th-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for Lee Stempniak.
    8.00
    3 votes
    60
    Kyle Okposo

    Kyle Okposo

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Kyle Henry Erovre Okposo (born April 16, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right winger, an alternate captain of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, following a season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Des Moines Buccaneers in which he was named the most valuable player of the USHL playoffs and the league's top rookie. He helped the Buccaneers to a Clark Cup victory. Okposo was born to a Nigerian father and a Caucasian mother. His father immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager, and eventually earned a Ph.D. His family currently resides in Minnesota, where Okposo grew up. During his freshman season at University of Minnesota, Okposo was placed at the center position, even though he is a natural winger. Throughout most of the season this became his most common position due to the abundance of wingers on the team. In January 2007, he played for the U.S. National Junior Team in the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. On June 7, 2007, Okposo announced he would be returning to the University of Minnesota for the 2007–08
    6.75
    4 votes
    61
    Jason Arnott

    Jason Arnott

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jason William Arnott (born October 11, 1974) is a professional ice hockey centre for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1993–94 after being selected seventh overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. A two-time NHL All-Star, Arnott won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000, scoring the championship-winning goal in the second overtime of game six. Arnott also played for the Dallas Stars before joining the Nashville Predators in 2006, where he served as Captain for two seasons. On June 19, 2010 Arnott was traded back to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Matt Halischuk and a second-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. On February 28, 2011 Arnott was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for center David Steckel and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. On July 6, 2011 Arnott signed a one year free-agent contract worth $2.5 million with the St. Louis Blues. Arnott grew up playing for his hometown Wasaga Beach Stars "DD" of the OMHA. In his Bantam year, Arnott signed with the Stayner Siskins Jr.C. club of the OHA for the 1989-90 season. In
    9.00
    2 votes
    62
    Sergei Zubov

    Sergei Zubov

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov (Russian: Сергей Зубов; born July 22, 1970) is a former Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League as well as SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Zubov won Stanley Cups with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999. He is considered one of the best offensive defensemen in NHL history. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He has also won two Stanley Cups, one with the New York Rangers in 1994, and the other with Dallas in 1999. In 1992, Zubov won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, playing for the Unified Team. He is also the NHL's all-time leading scorer among Russian defensemen, and the all-time leading scorer among defensemen in the history of the Stars franchise. Zubov was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Prior to this, he played for the Red Army's hockey team, HC CSKA Moscow, in Russia. He continued to play for the Red Army until 1992, after the fall of the USSR. Although Sergei spent some of his rookie season with New York's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton
    9.00
    2 votes
    63
    David LeNeveu

    David LeNeveu

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    David LeNeveu (born May 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL). As a sophomore, LeNeveu led the Cornell Big Red to the 2003 Frozen Four. He set a Cornell record for shutouts that year, nine, topping legendary goalie Ken Dryden's record of six set in 1968. He was selected to the "Hobey Hat Trick", the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Following that season he elected to leave school for professional hockey. LeNeveu was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on October 6, 2005 against the Los Angeles Kings, making 25 saves in a 3-2 defeat. At the trading deadline of the 2007-2008 NHL Season, the Coyotes traded LeNeveu, along with forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Marcel Hossa and goaltender Al Montoya. He was then signed to a one year contract by the Ducks during the 2008 NHL free agency period LeNeveu failed to play a game with the Ducks and served the year with affiliate, the Iowa Chops, for the 2008-09 season before leaving for Europe to signed
    7.67
    3 votes
    64
    Dmitri Kalinin

    Dmitri Kalinin

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Dmitry Vladimirovich Kalinin (Russian: Дмитрий Владимирович Калинин; born July 22, 1980) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted by the Sabres 18th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He had an injury plagued 2005–06 season, but did not miss a game in the 2006–07 season. He scored the NHL's first goal in the 2006–07 season, at 9:09 of the first period in the season opener at the Carolina Hurricanes. Kalinin became an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2008 and two days later signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers. On March 4, 2009, Kalinin was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes along with Petr Průcha and Nigel Dawes for Derek Morris. On July 21, 2009, Kalinin signed a two-year contract with the Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Kalinin was named a member of Russia's hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. He had a goal and an assist. Played for Russia in:
    7.67
    3 votes
    65
    Dustin Penner

    Dustin Penner

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Dustin Penner (born September 28, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Penner was never drafted by an NHL team; he was signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after playing college hockey for the University of Maine in the NCAA. Penner won the Stanley Cup in his first full season with the Anaheim Ducks in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a second time with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012. Growing up in Winkler, Manitoba, Penner played for his high school hockey team, the Garden Valley Zodiacs. After high school he was cut by many minor hockey teams, including his local junior club three times. With little hope of ever playing hockey professionally, Penner agreed to play with Minot State University-Bottineau, now known as Dakota College at Bottineau, but immediately broke his femur, ending his first year with the club. The next year, in the 2001-02 season, he became a very important player for Bottineau, scoring 20 goals with 13 assists in 23 games, also earning the Most Determined Player Award for his improvement and stellar play after recovering from his injury. Penner
    7.67
    3 votes
    66
    Jamie McLennan

    Jamie McLennan

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Jamie McLennan (born June 30, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender. He retired from playing in 2008 after spending a season with the Nippon Paper Cranes of Asia League Ice Hockey. Following a productive season with the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes in which McLennan backstopped the Hurricanes to the WHL Finals, he was drafted in the 3rd round, 48th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. After a two and a half-year stint playing for the Islanders' minor league affiliates in the American, International and East Coast Hockey Leagues, McLennan backed-up veteran Ron Hextall in the 1993–94 season, posting a winning record. He spent the following two seasons with the Islanders organization, alternating between the NHL club and the Islanders' IHL affiliate. A few weeks after the 1995–96 NHL season had been completed, McLennan drove from Salt Lake City, Utah to Lethbridge, Alberta, on his way home to Edmonton. While visiting family in Lethbridge he fell ill. He went to a hospital on May 6, 1996, after feeling sick all evening, with immobility setting in. What was thought to be the flu turned out to be bacterial
    7.67
    3 votes
    67
    Miikka Kiprusoff

    Miikka Kiprusoff

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Miikka Sakari Kiprusoff (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmiːkːɑ ˈsɑkɑri ˈkiprusofː]; born October 26, 1976) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fifth round, 116th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He has also played for TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga as well as AIK and Timrå IK of the Swedish Elitserien. He has represented Finland several times on the international stage, earning silver medals at the World Ice Hockey Championships in 1999 and 2001, as well as leading the Finns to a surprise second place finish at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He also helped the Finnish national hockey team win the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Kiprusoff began his professional career with TPS in 1994, and was named the best goaltender and best player of the playoffs in 1999 as he led them to the SM-liiga championship. He moved to North America in 1999, and after two all-star seasons in the American Hockey League, made his NHL debut with the Sharks where he served primarily as a backup. A trade to Calgary in 2003–04 brought Kiprusoff into a starting role and he
    7.67
    3 votes
    68
    Mike Grier

    Mike Grier

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Michael James Grier (born January 5, 1975) is a retired professional ice hockey winger who played for four teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) - the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, and Buffalo Sabres. Primarily a checking forward, he played 1,060 NHL games over 14 NHL seasons. He was also the first U.S.-born and U.S.-trained black player in the NHL. His father is Bobby Grier, who is the Associate Director of Pro Personnel for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). Prior to that, Bobby Grier was a running back coach, director of pro scouting, and vice-president of player personnel for the New England Patriots of the NFL. (The elder Grier should not be confused with the Bobby Grier who broke the color barrier in the 1956 Sugar Bowl.) Mike's brother is Chris Grier, Director of College Scouting for the Miami Dolphins. Another notable athlete in his family is Pro Bowl NFL Defensive Lineman Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier. Grier was raised in the Boston area, where he attended and played hockey at St. Sebastian's School. Grier was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the ninth round (219th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, and was
    7.67
    3 votes
    69
    Mikhail Grabovski

    Mikhail Grabovski

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michail Jurjevič Hraboúski (Belarusian: Міхаіл Юр'евiч Грабоўскі; born January 31, 1984), better known as Mikhail Grabovski (Russian: Михаил Грабовский), or simply Grabbo, is a Belarusian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Grabovski was born in Potsdam, East Germany, where his father, Yury, worked in construction. The family returned to their native Belarus (then a Soviet Socialist Republic) when he was three years old. Grabovski was trained by Russian-educated coaches in the Yunost Minsk youth hockey program. Grabovski was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens 150th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played his first NHL game with Montreal on January 6, 2007, against the New York Rangers. He played three games in the NHL before being sent back down to Montreal's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Grabovski helped the Hamilton Bulldogs win the AHL Calder Cup Championship in 2006-07 season. Grabovski started the 2007–08 season with the Canadiens, recording his first NHL point (an assist) on October 20, 2007, against the Buffalo Sabres and his first goal two days later
    7.67
    3 votes
    70
    T. J. Oshie

    T. J. Oshie

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by St. Louis in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Oshie played high school hockey for Warroad High School in Warroad, Minnesota for three seasons, leading the club to two Minnesota State Class A titles in 2003 and 2005. He made the state's All-Tournament Team all three years. With 100 points (37 goals, 63 assists) in 31 games as a senior, he led all Minnesota high school players in scoring. He was subsequently named to 2005 Associated Press and Pioneer Press All-State First Team and was a Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist. At the completion of his senior season with the Warriors in 2004-05, he joined the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for 11 games. In the off-season, he was selected 24th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Following his draft, he played for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for three seasons. Scoring a team-leading 24 goals as a freshman, he added 21
    7.67
    3 votes
    71
    Tim Brent

    Tim Brent

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Tim Brent (born March 10, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Brent grew up in the Cambridge, Ontario area playing minor hockey for the Hespeler Shamrocks of the OMHA and the Cambridge Hawks of the Alliance Pavilion League. At age 15, Brent signed with the Cambridge Winterhawks Jr.B. team of the OHA Midwestern Ontario Hockey League in the 1999-2000 season. After a very successful Jr.B. season, Brent was the 2nd overall selection of the OHL's Toronto St. Michael's Majors in the 2000 OHL Priority Selection. Brent began his major junior career on the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the 2000–01 season. He played on the team for four seasons, until 2003–04. During that time, he was drafted twice, both times by Anaheim. He was first drafted 37th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, but was re-entered into the draft two years later after not signing with Anaheim. In the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected 75th overall, again by the Ducks. In the 2004–05 season, he started his professional career with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, and had a solid season. The
    7.67
    3 votes
    72
    Brian Rolston

    Brian Rolston

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Brian Lee Rolston (born February 21, 1973) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He has won a Stanley Cup Championship with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, and the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 playing for Team USA. Rolston has represented the United States of America three times in Olympic competition for ice hockey. In the Salt Lake City Olympics of 2002, he won the Silver Medal. Brian has four sons, Ryder Scott, Brody, Stone and Zane. His older brother is Ron Rolston, who is currently coaching the Rochester Americans. Rolston has been a resident of Short Hills, New Jersey. Rolston is considered a utility forward, as he can play as a centre, left wing and right wing competently. The 6'2', 214 pound forward is best known for his highly regarded two-way ability. Rolston was drafted in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils as their second pick in the first round. Prior to his NHL career, Rolston played for Lake Superior State University (where as a freshman he scored the game-winning goal and earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the National Championship game, which his team won), then the Albany River Rats of
    10.00
    1 votes
    73
    Dainius Zubrus

    Dainius Zubrus

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Dainius Gintas Zubrus (born June 16, 1978) is a Lithuanian professional ice hockey right winger and center currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the first Lithuanian to have played 1000 games in the National Hockey League. In the summer of 1989, Zubrus moved to Kharkiv, Ukraine to train under Ivan Pravilov on the Druzhba-78 squad. He continued to develop his play there until the end of 1995. Dainius Zubrus was drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Caledon Canadians of the Metro Junior A Hockey League. As of the 2006 draft, Zubrus was the highest drafted Tier II Junior "A" player since the Canadian Junior A Hockey League's 1993 inception (since surpassed by Kyle Turris at 2007 NHL Entry Draft). Prior to being traded to Caledon, Zubrus played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior A Hockey League. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 1996, scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season, he helped the Flyers reach the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. Like Darius Kasparaitis, Dainius trained with Aleksey Nikiforov. The Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens on
    10.00
    1 votes
    74
    Jari Kurri

    Jari Kurri

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    Jari Pekka Kurri (born May 18, 1960) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger and a five-time Stanley Cup champion. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. He is currently the general manager of Team Finland. He began his pro career with Jokerit in the Finnish SM-liiga. After an eleven-point rookie season for Jokerit in 1977–78, Kurri scored 30 and 39 points the next two years, playing all 33 games in each season. After his third season, Kurri was signed by the Edmonton Oilers, by then-general manager and head coach, Glen Sather. When Kurri arrived to the Oilers he was soon paired with Wayne Gretzky, a phenomenal Canadian centre and arguably the greatest player of all time. The duo of Kurri and Gretzky became one of the most prolific scoring tandems ever to play in the NHL. Despite not always playing on the same team, Gretzky assisted on 364 of Kurri's 601 career goals, while Kurri had an assist on 196 Gretzky goals. During his tenure in Edmonton, he was nicknamed the "Finnish Flash" (a title since usurped by Teemu Selänne). Kurri was "by far our most complete player," according to Oilers' director of personnel Barry Fraser. Although Kurri never won
    10.00
    1 votes
    75
    Jarkko Ruutu

    Jarkko Ruutu

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Winger
    Jarkko Samuli Ruutu (pronounced Yar-ko Roo-to (IPA: /ˈjʌrk.kɔ ˈruː.tu/); born August 23, 1975) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player. Ruutu is currently playing for SM-Liiga team Jokerit. His younger brother, Tuomo Ruutu, currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes in NHL - his other brother, retired player Mikko Ruutu, currently scouts for NHL team Ottawa Senators. He is also a second cousin of Hanno Möttölä, who became the first Finnish basketball player to play in the NBA. Ruutu's cousin, Raul Ruutu, plays bass in a Finnish pop rock band Sunrise Avenue. Ruutu initially moved to North America to play college hockey with Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). After his first year, however, he returned to Finland and turned professional with HIFK of SM-liiga in 1996–97. In his draft year, he recorded 20 points in 37 games and was then drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round, 68th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played one more season with HIFK before moving back to North America to play for the Canucks' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL). Ruutu played his first full season with the
    10.00
    1 votes
    76
    Kris Draper

    Kris Draper

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Kristopher Draper (born May 24, 1971) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. Draper is a four-time winner of the Stanley Cup, a Frank J. Selke Trophy winner and scored over 100 goals in the Red Wings uniform. Draper was a member of the famous Grind Line in Detroit, consisting of himself, Kirk Maltby and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty. The line was reunited with the return of McCarty to the Wings in the 2007–08 season. Draper grew up in West Hill, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto), playing minor hockey for the Don Mills Flyers of the MTHL. After attending De La Salle College (Toronto), he was selected by the OHL's Windsor Spitfires in the 4th round of the 1988 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, however, elected to play for the Canadian National Team. Drafted 62nd overall in the 1989 Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Draper did not see much NHL action in his early years. He is a rarity in that he played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and NHL before playing junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After playing just 20 games in the 4 seasons since he was drafted, he was traded to Detroit in 1993 for a dollar. Doug MacLean, the general manager of the Adirondack
    10.00
    1 votes
    77
    Mike Comrie

    Mike Comrie

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michael William Comrie (born September 11, 1980) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre. Mike Comrie was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and attended Jasper Place High School. Comrie was drafted in the third round, ninety-first overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Edmonton Oilers out of the University of Michigan. Comrie left the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Kootenay Ice midway through the 2000–01 season, signing a $10-million three year deal with the Oilers, which was well above the league maximum for 2001 draftees of $1.13 million a year, per year, over the years (due to a loophole established by Mike Van Ryn). There, he would instantly become a fan favourite and hometown hero. He was an offensive threat during his first couple seasons with the team, tallying a total of 133 points in 192 games from 2001 to 2003. After a lacklustre training camp in the pre-season Comrie's status as local hero in Edmonton started to change dramatically, after he elected to hold out in a contract dispute for more than 30 games into the 2003–04 season. The Oilers then-General Manager, Kevin Lowe, was reportedly willing to trade Comrie to the Anaheim Ducks for Corey
    10.00
    1 votes
    78
    Ryan Whitney

    Ryan Whitney

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Ryan Whitney (born February 19, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing with his high school team from Thayer Academy and the USA National Development Program, Whitney joined the college ranks with Boston University in 2001. Upon completing his freshman year, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins fifth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Following parts of three seasons with the Penguins minor league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Whitney played his NHL rookie season in 2005–06. Whitney remained in Pittsburgh for three-and-a-half seasons, helping the club to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 after a brief stint with the Anaheim Ducks. Whitney has competed internationally for the United States. He won a silver medal with the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Whitney enrolled at Thayer Academy, a college-prep school in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1998, and logged significant playing time with their hockey team. Head coach Jack Foley often paired Whitney, a freshman, with
    10.00
    1 votes
    79
    Wade Brookbank

    Wade Brookbank

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Wade Brookbank (born September 29, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who plays both defence and wing who is currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Despite limited NHL regular season play Wade Brookbank is well known for his role as an enforcer and consummate team player. Undrafted, Brookbank has previously played for the Anchorage Aces of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL), the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League (CHL), the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League (IHL), the Grand Rapids Griffins, Providence Bruins, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Binghamton Senators, Milwaukee Admirals, Norfolk Admirals and Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. The 2000–01 season saw him win 2 professional hockey championships. He played the first half of the season with the Oklahoma City Blazers(CHL) before being called up to the Orlando Solar Bears(IHL) where he won the last Turner Cup before the IHL amalgamated with the American Hockey League. He then went back to the Blazers where he helped them capture
    10.00
    1 votes
    80
    Aleš Kotalík

    Aleš Kotalík

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    Aleš Kotalík (born 23 December 1978) is a professional ice hockey right winger playing for HC Mountfield České Budějovice of the Czech Extraliga. Kotalík was drafted 164th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2005–06 NHL season, he had a career high in 25 goals, 37 assists and 62 points. The recent 2006–07 NHL season he was 5 for 7 in shootouts and second in the NHL with four shootout deciding goals. He was out for 16 games because of an injured right knee. In the Calgary Flames All-Star games, he showed his ability to strike hard with a slap shot speed of 105.3 being the second hardest shooter in the NHL. On March 4, 2009, Kotalík was traded by the Sabres to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Kotalík finished the season in Edmonton before being signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers on July 9, 2009 to a three-year, $9 million contract. Due to his lack of goal scoring production, which he was expected to bring and being a healthy scratch for numerous games, he was traded on February 1, 2010 to the Calgary Flames along with Christopher Higgins in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust. Placed on
    6.50
    4 votes
    81
    Derek MacKenzie

    Derek MacKenzie

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Derek MacKenzie (born June 11, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted 128th overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, who he made his NHL debut for in 2002. He also played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for Columbus' and Atlanta's farm teams the Syracuse Crunch and Chicago Wolves respectively. While with the Wolves, MacKenzie was part of a Calder Cup championship team in 2002 and also spent time as the team's captain. He set franchise records in career shorthanded goals for both AHL teams. His father, Ken MacKenzie, is the assistant general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves. MacKenzie began his junior career playing for his hometown Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Following his second season, in which he increased his point production from 20 to 87, he was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fifth round, 128 overall, in the 1999 National Hockey League (NHL) entry draft. In his final season he registered 40 goals and 89 points leading the Wolves in points and finishing sixth in the OHL. He also finished with a
    6.50
    4 votes
    82
    Todd White

    Todd White

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Todd White (born May 21, 1975) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played junior hockey for the Kanata Valley Lazers of the CJHL before heading to Clarkson University on a scholarship. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Todd White signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 6, 1997. That year, he made his NHL debut and scored his first goal. The following year, he played 35 games at the NHL level and scored 13 points. In 1999–2000, Todd played one NHL game with the Blackhawks before being traded on January 26 to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick. He then played three NHL games (one goal) with the Flyers. On July 12, 2000, White signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators. In 16 NHL games that year, he scored four goals. In the post-season, he played his first two playoff games against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2001–02, White joined the NHL ranks full time. He played in 81 games and scored 20 goals and 50 points. The Senators, however, fell 15 points in the standings and finished third in the Northeast Division. In the playoffs, White scored four points in 12 games as the team reached the second
    6.50
    4 votes
    83
    Triston Grant

    Triston Grant

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Triston Grant (born February 2, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL).
    6.50
    4 votes
    84
    Andy Sutton

    Andy Sutton

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Andrew Cameron "Andy" Sutton (born March 10, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks, all of the NHL. Sutton was born in London, Ontario and played most of his youth hockey with the Greater London Hockey Association and the rep London Sabres AAA program. At the age of 14, Sutton moved with his family to Kingston, Ontario. He played Junior "B" hockey in Gananoque, Ontario at age 16, later playing in the Metro Toronto Junior Hockey League for St. Mike's B's. His play with St. Mike's earned him a scholarship to play collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech in the WCHA. Sutton played four seasons with Michigan Tech, where he switched from left wing to defence. Six weeks before he was to finish his degree in environmental engineering, Sutton was signed as a free agent by the NHL's San Jose Sharks on March 20, 1998. He made his NHL debut with the Sharks in the 1998–99 season and played in 71 games in his two seasons with San Jose beforebeing selected by the
    8.50
    2 votes
    85
    Jakub Cutta

    Jakub Cutta

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Jakub Čutta (born December 29, 1981) is a Czech defenceman. He has played for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Čutta plays in the Czech Extraliga. After three seasons with HC Energie Karlovy Vary, he joined BK Mladá Boleslav in May 2011.
    8.50
    2 votes
    86
    Jan Hejda

    Jan Hejda

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Jan Hejda (born June 18, 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Hejda was originally selected in the 4th round, 106th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He played six seasons with HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga, two seasons with HC CSKA Moscow of the Russian Super League, and one season with Khimik Moscow Oblast, also of the Russian Super League. In July 2006, Hejda was traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Sabres in exchange for a seventh round draft-pick. He was then signed to first NHL contract by the Oilers with a one-year deal in the same week. Hejda scored his first NHL goal on January 8, 2007 against the Los Angeles Kings netminder Mathieu Garon. The Kings' Konstantin Pushkarev had scored his first NHL goal in the game's third period to send the game into overtime; Hejda's goal in overtime gave the Oilers their 2–1 win. In July 2007, Hejda signed a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He turned out to be one of the club's best defensemen the following season, ending with a team record +20 plus-minus on a team that had never had anyone
    8.50
    2 votes
    87
    Kristian Huselius

    Kristian Huselius

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Kristian Huselius (born November 10, 1978) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who is currently a free agent. Huselius' hometown is Haninge, a town near Stockholm. He was drafted 47th overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers and entered the NHL in 2002. A fast, skillful playmaker, Huselius typically plays on the wings, and spent the early part of his career in the Swedish Elitserien, playing for Hammarby IF, Färjestads BK and Frölunda. The Panthers traded him to the Calgary Flames on December 2, 2005, where he managed 39 points in 54 games, adjusting well despite fears by some analysts that he would not fit into Calgary's physical, defensive playing style. In the 2006–07 NHL season, he held a point-streak of fifteen games, second-highest in the NHL that season. Huselius also garnered a career-high 77 points that season, scoring 34 goals and adding 43 assists. During the 2007–08 season Huselius recorded his first NHL hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning. On July 2, 2008, Huselius signed a 4-year, $19 million dollar contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He recorded 21 goals during his first season with the Blue Jackets and also scored a goal during
    8.50
    2 votes
    88
    Lawrence Nycholat

    Lawrence Nycholat

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Lawrence Nycholat (born May 7, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently is a member of the Krefeld Pinguine of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). After playing midget hockey with Notre Dame of the SMHL, he joined the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League for a four-year tenure, beginning in 1996–97. In his final year with the Broncos, 1999–2000, he recorded a junior career-high 80 points in 70 games. Undrafted, Nycholat signed with the Minnesota Wild in August 2000. He played the following three seasons in Minnesota's farm system with the Jackson Bandits of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL) and the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). After scoring 11 goals and 39 points through 66 games with Houston in 2002–03, he was traded in March 2003 to the New York Rangers. Joining the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, he completed the season with 11 points in 15 games. The following year, in 2003–04, Nycholat made his NHL debut with the Rangers, appearing in 9 games. He remained with the Rangers organization in Hartford until the end of the 2004–05 season. In
    8.50
    2 votes
    89
    Peter Sejna

    Peter Sejna

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    Peter Sejna (born 5 October 1979) is a Slovak ice hockey center currently with the HC Davos of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Peter Sejna also won the bronze medal with the Slovak national ice hockey team in the 2003 Ice Hockey World Championship. Sejna attended Colorado College, and in 2003 won the coveted Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the most outstanding collegiate hockey player.
    8.50
    2 votes
    90
    Robert Lang

    Robert Lang

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Robert Lang (born December 19, 1970) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player. A native of Czechoslovakia, Lang began his career in the Czechoslovak Extraliga as an eighteen-year old with HC Litvínov. After scoring 15 points in 32 games in 1989–90, his second season with HC Litvínov, he was drafted 133rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Lang returned to play another two seasons in the Extraliga before debuting with the Kings in 1992–93. He played the majority of his first two seasons in the International Hockey League with the Kings' minor league affiliate, the Phoenix Roadrunners. Due to the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season, Lang returned to HC Litvínov (now of the Czech Extraliga) for 16 games, scoring 23 points. When NHL play resumed, he landed a full-time roster spot with the Kings. He tallied 22 points in 68 games in 1995–96 before returning to the Czech Extraliga to play for HC Sparta Praha. After a brief hiatus from the NHL, Lang returned after one season in Europe, joining the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent on September 2, 1997. He was subsequently bounced back and forth between the Penguins and Boston Bruins for a couple of months
    8.50
    2 votes
    91
    Sergei Samsonov

    Sergei Samsonov

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    Sergei Viktorovich Samsonov (Russian: Серге́й Ви́кторович Самсо́нов, Sergej Viktorovič Samsonov; born October 27, 1978) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Samsonov was drafted by the Boston Bruins eighth overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Boston drafted Joe Thornton first overall in the same draft. In his rookie year, Samsonov won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie after scoring 22 goals and a total of 47 points. In the 2000–01 season, he played in his only NHL All-Star Game in Denver. Before playing in the NHL, Samsonov represented Russia in 1996 and 1997 at the World Junior Hockey Championships. He led the 1997 Russian team to a bronze medal and was named the tournament's most outstanding forward after scoring six goals in six games. He later played for Russia in 2002 at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, earning a bronze medal. In his early career, Samsonov was a highly-touted prospect cited as the next future star of international hockey as he wowed fans and scouts alike with his shifty turns and scoring prowess. Samsonov scored 110 goals in 50 games with the Red Army junior team in 1994–95. That
    8.50
    2 votes
    92
    Loui Eriksson

    Loui Eriksson

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Winger
    Loui Eriksson (born July 17, 1985) is a Swedish professional ice hockey left winger and an alternate captain for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Eriksson started playing for Lerum BK at a young age and excelled beyond others his age quickly. By age 11, he was already playing with the older U-16 team. His talent was recognized at various tournaments and he finally landed on the junior team for Frölunda HC. Eriksson's professional career began in Elitserien, where he played for Frölunda HC. Eriksson won Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 at the age of 18 after posting eight goals and five assists in 46 games. A year later Eriksson would post five goals and nine assists in 39 games, helping Frölunda HC win the Swedish ice hockey championship (SM-guld). In the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Stars drafted Eriksson in the second round with the 33rd overall pick. After playing in his second season with Frölunda of Elitserien, Eriksson returned to North America and appeared in two preseason games for Dallas in 2005. His professional debut in North America came on October 6, 2005, with the Iowa Stars, a game where Eriksson posted his first assist and point of the
    7.33
    3 votes
    93
    Matt Hunwick

    Matt Hunwick

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Matthew John Hunwick (born May 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Boston Bruins. Hunwick first played amateur junior in the Detroit based Honeybaked Hockey Program, before he was selected to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After two seasons with the USDP, and showing potential as a two-way puck-moving defenseman he was recruited to play collegiate hockey with the University of Michigan in the CCHA. In his freshman season of 2003–04, Hunwick finished third among team defenseman in scoring with 15 points in 41 games and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team as the Wolverines progressed to the North-East regional finals. Hunwick was then selected at the conclusion of the season by the Boston Bruins, in the seventh round, 224th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. As a sophomore in the 2004–05 season he scored his first career hat-trick, in a 8-3 victory over Bowling Green State on December 10, and was honored as the NCAA National Offensive player of the week. Hunwick increased his points total to 25 in 40 games with
    7.33
    3 votes
    94
    Maxime Talbot

    Maxime Talbot

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Maxime "Max" Talbot (born February 11, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Was drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Talbot led the Hull/Gatineau Olympiques to back-to-back President's Cups while earning the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP both years. He won the Stanley Cup with his previous team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in 2009. Talbot was selected by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the first round of the 2000 QMJHL Draft. At the trading deadline that year, Talbot was dealt to the Hull Olympiques for current Washington Capitals minor league player Alexandre Giroux. He completed his major junior rookie season with a combined 37 points between the two teams. Before the start of the 2002–03 season started, he was named team captain for the Olympiques and finished the year with a major junior career-high 46 goals and 104 points in 69 games, good for fifth in league scoring and QMJHL Second All-Star Team honors. In the playoffs that year, Talbot led the league in scoring with 44 points in 20 games as he captained the Olympiques to a QMJHL Championship, earning the
    7.33
    3 votes
    95
    Mike York

    Mike York

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Michael York (born January 3, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). York was born in Waterford, Michigan and played his junior hockey for Detroit Compuware, where he scored 136 goals in 1993–94. He attended Lutheran High School Northwest in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and from there went to Ontario where he played for the MTHL's Thornhill Islanders. It was there that he led the league in scoring and was named rookie of the year. His play in Ontario drew the attention of Michigan State University where he spent four years as a member of the Spartans hockey team. He was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist and NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and CCHA Player of the Year in 1999. York was drafted in the 6th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. During his time playing for the Rangers, York played on a line with Theoren Fleury and Eric Lindros. This was nicknamed the "FLY" line, getting its name from the first initial of each player on it. He was named to the 1999–2000 NHL All-Rookie team, scoring 26 goals during his rookie season. In 2002, York was a member of
    7.33
    3 votes
    96
    Niklas Hagman

    Niklas Hagman

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Niklas Hagman (born December 5, 1979) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was a third round pick of the Florida Panthers, 70th overall, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Florida in 2001. He has also played for the Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks in the NHL, HIFK Helsinki, Espoo Blues and Oulun Kärpät in the SM-liiga and HC Davos in the Swiss National League A. An accomplished international player, Hagman has represented Finland at three Winter Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in 2006 and bronze at 2010. He played on the Finnish team that reached the final of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, has appeared in five World Championships and twice played at the World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 1998. Hagman grew up playing with HIFK, appearing with their under-18 and junior teams between 1995 and 1999. He played his first professional games in 1997–98 with HIFK. He appeared in eight games in the SM-liiga, Finland's top league, and scored his first goal. He split the majority of the 1998–99 season between HIFK's senior
    7.33
    3 votes
    97
    Nikolai Zherdev

    Nikolai Zherdev

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Winger
    Mykola Olehovych "Nikolay" Zherdev (Ukrainian: Микола Олегович Жердев; born November 5, 1984) is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Zherdev began playing hockey at the age of four. He began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate. Due to complications with organizing a team for his age group, he was pushed to play a year ahead with the 1983 born players; a group which included fellow future Ukrainian NHLer Anton Babchuk. While participating in an overseas peewee tournament in Quebec, Canada, Zherdev's team found itself competing against a team from Elektrostal, Russia. The rival team's coach, Ravil Iskhakov, took note of both Zherdev and Babchuk, and invited the pair to further their development with the Elemash Elektrostal hockey club of the Russian Major League, to which they accepted together. The desire to play at a higher level came at a price: his nationality. In order to play in Russia, he would
    7.33
    3 votes
    98
    Shane Hnidy

    Shane Hnidy

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Shane Hnidy (born November 8, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. On August 31, 2011, it was announced that Hnidy would be part of the radio broadcast team for the Winnipeg Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers, which was one of his former teams. Hnidy played junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos and Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. He was drafted in the 7th round (173rd overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, although he played no games for the team. After turning professional in 1996, he played for minor league teams Saint John of the AHL, Grand Rapids of the IHL, Cincinnati and Adirondack of the AHL before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2000 where he established his NHL career. He has also played for the Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators. On January 2, 2008, the Boston Bruins acquired Hnidy and a 6th rounder in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft for Brandon Bochenski. On July 3, 2009, Hnidy signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Minnesota Wild to a one-year contract. As of the opening of the 2010-11 season, Hnidy remained an unsigned free agent. On February 23, 2011, it was announced Hnidy would
    7.33
    3 votes
    99
    Stefan Liv

    Stefan Liv

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Stefan Daniel Patryk Liv (21 December 1980 – 7 September 2011), born Patryk Śliż, was a Polish-born Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. Liv played professionally in Sweden, North America and Russia. Liv played nine seasons for HV71 in Sweden. He played one season of minor league hockey in North America then returned to Europe. Upon his return, he played three seasons in Sweden, then moved to Russia in 2009. He was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL when he died with the rest of the team in a plane crash. He was a member of several Swedish national teams, including the 2006 Olympic championship team. Liv was born in Gdynia, Poland, as Patryk Śliz, given to an orphanage in Gdańsk and adopted by a Swedish family around the age of two. He kept his original first name as a second first name. Liv was the starting goaltender for HC Sibir and was often chosen for the Swedish national team. On 22 December 2005, he was named as third goaltender to Team Sweden for the 2006 Winter Olympics. He wore the goaltender's glove on his left hand. He was agile, quick in moving from side to side and skilled with close-range shots, and his unorthodox style reminded some of Dominik Hašek.
    7.33
    3 votes
    100
    Stephane Yelle

    Stephane Yelle

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Stéphane Yelle (born May 9, 1974) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche, and also played in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes. Yelle played with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League when he was drafted in the 8th round (186th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. On June 1, 1994, he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques, and made his professional debut in the 1994–95 season with AHL affiliate, the Cornwall Aces. The following season, Yelle's rights were transferred as the Nordiques relocated to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche. In 1995–96, his and the Avalanche's first season in the NHL, Yelle became a regular as he played in 71 games on route to the Stanley Cup Championship. Known as an excellent faceoff taker and a gritty, hard-working player, Yelle played seven seasons for the Avalanche from 1995 to 2002, capturing another Stanley Cup in the 2000–01 season. On October 1, 2002, prior to the 2002–03 season, Stéphane was traded by the Avalanche, along with Chris Drury, to the Calgary Flames for Derek Morris, Dean
    7.33
    3 votes
    101
    Kimmo Timonen

    Kimmo Timonen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born March 18, 1975) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Timonen was the youngest player to represent Finland at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships at the age of 17. He recorded the second-highest shot total in the tournament with 44. Timonen was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the tenth round, 250th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After the draft, he continued to play in his native Finland for several years, first for KalPa and then later for TPS. In 1998, Timonen played on the bronze medal-winning Finnish Olympic team in Nagano. Shortly after the Olympics, the Kings traded him along with Jan Vopat to the Nashville Predators organization (the team not yet having begun play) in agreement that Nashville would not select Garry Galley in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. During the 1998–99 NHL season, Timonen split time between Nashville and their IHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. The following year, he was promoted to a full-time NHL player. He played the next four seasons for the Predators, steadily improving his offensive output, until the
    6.25
    4 votes
    102
    Andy Wozniewski

    Andy Wozniewski

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Andrew Pera Wozniewski (born May 25, 1980) is a professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for EV Zug in the Swiss National League A. Undrafted, Wozniewski played collegiate hockey for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He signed his first pro contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 27, 2004. He scored his first NHL goal October 11, 2007 for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the New York Islanders. Andy was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues on July 17, 2008, and later assigned to the Blues affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. Wozniewski was recalled to the Blues on February 1, 2009. He played in one game with the Blues before he was re-assigned to the Rivermen. Wozniewski was traded from the Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Danny Richmond on March 4, 2009. On May 5, 2010, Wozniewski left the Providence Bruins and signed a one-year contract in the Swiss NLA with EV Zug.
    7.00
    3 votes
    103
    Kyle Wellwood

    Kyle Wellwood

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Kyle Wellwood (born May 16, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who plays for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL. He was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs 134th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and played his first three seasons in the NHL with Toronto, before joining the Vancouver Canucks in 2008. After not re-signing with the Canucks Wellwood played in Russia for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He left the team due to family concerns and was signed by the St. Louis Blues. He never played a game with them as he was claimed on re-entry waivers by the San Jose Sharks. After one season with the Sharks he signed with the Jets as a free agent. Wellwood grew up in the small town of Oldcastle, Ontario, just east of Windsor, Ontario, playing most of his minor hockey with the Tecumseh-Shoreline Eagles of the OMHA's Bluewater Hockey League. He moved up to the AAA level and played for the Sun County Panthers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League. At age 16, Wellwood played one year of Jr.B. hockey with the Tecumseh Chiefs of the OHA's Western Ontario Hockey League. Wellwood was drafted by the Belleville Bulls in the first round, 16th
    7.00
    3 votes
    104
    Richard Park

    Richard Park

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Richard Park (Korean: 박용수, Bak Yong-Su; born May 27, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea) is a Korean-born American professional ice hockey forward who is currently a member of HC Ambri-Piotta Park moved to Southern California near Los Angeles with his family at the age of three. After ten years in the United States, at the age of 13, he moved to Ontario, Canada, where he played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). He eventually worked his way up to the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and played for Belleville from 1992–93 to 1995–96. He was drafted into the NHL following his second OHL season by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 50th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut when he played one regular season game and three playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1994–95. Park became only the second Korean-born person to play in the NHL after Jim Paek. Coincidentally, both of them were drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Park played most of the next season, 1995–96, in the NHL totaling 56 games. Those 56 games would be the most he would play in the NHL until the 2001–02 when he joined the Minnesota Wild as he spent
    7.00
    3 votes
    105
    Steve McCarthy

    Steve McCarthy

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Steve McCarthy (born February 3, 1981) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. McCarthy was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks with the twenty-third pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut in the 1999–2000 NHL season and he recorded an assist on his first shift. After playing 134 games with the Blackhawks, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on August 22, 2005 in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was then traded to the Atlanta Thrashers by the Canucks for a conditional fourth-round pick. on March 9, 2006 In the 2008-09 season, McCarthy left the NHL and signed a one-year contract with Russian team Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League. McCarthy struggled to adapt to the European transition and went scoreless in just 18 games with Ufa. On July 10, 2009, McCarthy returned to the North America when he was signed by the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract. However, on September 24, before ever playing a game with the Ducks prior to the 2009-10 season McCarthy was traded back to Atlanta, for future considerations. On October 1, 2010, McCarthy,
    7.00
    3 votes
    106
    Petr Sýkora

    Petr Sýkora

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Petr Sýkora (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtr̩ ˈsiːkora]; born November 19, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Sýkora has previously played in the NHL for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Devils in 2000 and the Penguins in 2009. Sýkora has played in six Stanley Cup Finals total. Before being drafted, Sýkora spent several seasons in the Czechoslovak Extraliga and the International Hockey League (IHL). As a Cleveland Lumberjack, Sýkora became the youngest player ever to play in the IHL at 17 years and 71 days. In the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Sýkora was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the New Jersey Devils. Sýkora began his NHL career in 1995–96 with New Jersey, posting 42 points in his rookie campaign, as well as being chosen as the NHL Rookie of the Month for December. His career took off in his fourth NHL season, recording a breakout 72 points, which still stands as the second highest total of his career. As part of the Devils' effective "A-line", with Patrik Eliáš and
    5.20
    5 votes
    107
    Roman Hamrlík

    Roman Hamrlík

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Roman Hamrlík (born April 12, 1974 in Zlín, Moravia, Czech Republic) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). The first overall pick in the 1992 NHL draft, Hamrlík is the active leader in NHL games played. Drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft from ZPS Zlín, Hamrlík plays as a defenceman who typically takes on an offensive role for his team, especially on the powerplay. His offensive prowess has earned him the role of the "powerplay quarterback", as he often heads the offense in a powerplay. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Calgary Flames on August 12, 2005, to a reported two-year, seven million dollar contract. On July 2, 2007, he signed a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens worth a total of $22 million. Hamrlík has also played for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders, and, on the international level, represented the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he was part of the gold medal-winning team. Hamrlík has been referred to by the nickname "The Hammer" since his younger days in the NHL, referring to both a
    5.20
    5 votes
    108
    Andrei Zyuzin

    Andrei Zyuzin

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Andrei Yurievich Zyuzin (Russian: Андрей Зюзин; born January 21, 1978) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for EC KAC of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He formerly played for six different teams in the National Hockey League (NHL). Zyuzin was drafted 2nd overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Zyuzin has played 415 career NHL games, scoring 35 goals and 74 assists for 109 points. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Calgary Flames on July 1, 2006. On February 4, 2007 in the Calgary Flames skill competition he had the hardest shot at 99.3 mph. Zyuzin scored one of the biggest goals in the history of the San Jose Sharks when he took a slapshot from the point to beat Ed Belfour and helped the Sharks take Game 4 in the 1997–1998 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Dallas Stars. Zyuzin scored the goal 6:31 into the overtime period and led the Sharks to a 1–0 win. On June 22, 2007, Andrei Zyuzin was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Steve Marr for defenceman Adrian Aucoin and the Blackhawks' seventh round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
    6.00
    4 votes
    109
    Bryan Little

    Bryan Little

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Bryan Matthew Little (born November 12, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Although Little was born in Edmonton, Alberta, he was raised in Cambridge, Ontario. He grew up with his younger brother Shawn and his parents, Brenda and John. Little played much of his minor hockey for the Cambridge Hawks of the Alliance Pavilion League until 2001-02 season. He then played for the Cambridge Winter Hawks Jr.B hockey team at the age of 14, while he attended Southwood Secondary School until age 15, when he moved on to the OHL Barrie Colts. Little was selected in the 3rd round (50th overall) in the 2003 OHL Draft after a standout season with the Winterhawks. Little was selected first round, 12th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Thrashers. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship. He played Junior B for the Cambridge Winterhawks. After four seasons playing for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he joined the Thrashers' farm team, the Chicago Wolves, for two games in the 2007 playoffs, recording no points or penalties. According to one
    6.00
    4 votes
    110
    Luke Richardson

    Luke Richardson

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Luke Glen Richardson (born March 26, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. Richardson played for 21 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators, the last team for whom he played. Luke Richardson was selected 7th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft after two successful seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Midway through his rookie NHL season, on January 6, 1988, Richardson was the victim of an infamous attack from Dino Ciccarelli of the Minnesota North Stars, who clubbed him over the head several times with his stick. Ciccarelli was later convicted of assault, serving one day in jail and paying a fine of $1000 (Canadian). However, the assault had no discernible effects on the play of Richardson, who lasted four years in Toronto, until 1991 when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers along with Vincent Damphousse, Scott Thornton, Peter Ing, future considerations, and cash for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube. Though not a great point producer, Richardson developed a reputation as an aggressive, stay-at-home blueliner. He
    6.00
    4 votes
    111
    Roberto Luongo

    Roberto Luongo

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Roberto Luongo (/luːˈɒŋɡoʊ/; born April 4, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Montreal, Quebec, he is of Italian and Irish ancestry. He employs the butterfly style of goaltending and has previously played in the NHL for the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers. Luongo is a two-time NHL Second All-Star (2004 and 2007) and a winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy for backstopping his team to the lowest goals-against average in the league (2011; with backup Cory Schneider). He has additionally been a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender (2004, 2007 and 2011), the Lester B. Pearson Award as the top player voted by his peers (2004 and 2007) and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player (2007). Prior to his NHL career, Luongo played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Val-d'Or Foreurs and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, winning back-to-back President's Cups and establishing the league's all-time playoff records in games played and wins. Following his second QMJHL season, Luongo was selected fourth overall by the Islanders in the
    6.00
    4 votes
    112
    Ty Conklin

    Ty Conklin

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Ty Curtis Conklin (born March 30, 1976) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Conklin grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and was an early recruit of the now-famed Minnesota hockey prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's. He later played under Don Granato for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), before attending the University of New Hampshire and playing for the Wildcats under long-tenured coach Dick Umile. A self-described "late-bloomer", and "shorter kid" at age 18, while spending his draft-eligible years (to age 20) remaining off the radar of professional scouts – first as a post-graduate at Shattuck, and then in his first year in Green Bay – Conklin went unclaimed by any team in the NHL's Entry Draft. Subsequently, he went on to earn numerous goaltending awards and accolades in both the USHL and NCAA, however, Conklin claims he never thought of becoming a professional until his junior year (his second playing) at UNH. With the completion of his career at the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2001, Conklin signed a professional contract as an
    6.00
    4 votes
    113
    Alex Auld

    Alex Auld

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Alexander Auld (born January 7, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League (NHL). Auld has also played for the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators of the NHL. He has appeared internationally for Team Canada on three occasions: the 2001 World Junior Championships, the 2004 Spengler Cup, and the 2006 World Championships. Auld played most of his minor hockey in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario with the Thunder Bay Kings program. He was a minor hockey teammate of future NHLers Taylor Pyatt, Patrick Sharp, Jason Jaspers and Aaron MacKenzie. Their Kings team won Gold in the All Ontario Bantam AAA championships in 1997 played in North Bay, Ontario. Auld started his junior career with the North Bay Centennials of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) at the tail end of the 1997–98 season, appearing in six games without registering a win. After appearing in 38 games the following season, Auld was selected in the second round, 40th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, by the Florida Panthers. Auld would
    8.00
    2 votes
    114
    Andrew Ference

    Andrew Ference

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Andrew James Stewart Ference (born March 17, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is an alternate captain for the Bruins during away games. Ference has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames. Ference began his hockey career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Portland Winter Hawks. After two full seasons with the team, he was selected 208th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Ference played two more seasons with Portland and had a brief stint in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Kansas City Blades before joining Pittsburgh in 1999. After making his NHL debut on October 1, 1999, in a game against the Dallas Stars, Ference scored his first NHL goal a month later against the Nashville Predators on November 13, 1999. He split his rookie season between Pittsburgh and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, finishing with 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 30 NHL games and 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 44 AHL games. The next season, Ference continued to share time between both Penguins teams.
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    2 votes
    115
    Brent Gilchrist

    Brent Gilchrist

    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Brent Gilchrist (born April 3, 1967) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. Gilchrist started his career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1988. He would also play with the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and Nashville Predators. He won the Stanley Cup in 1998 with the Detroit Red Wings. He was best known for an unusually excruciating groin injury that he battled for several years before eventually being forced to retire. On February 19, 2011, Gilchrist played in the 2011 Heritage Classic alumni game against the Calgary Flames, scoring a goal.
    8.00
    2 votes
    116
    Bryan Muir

    Bryan Muir

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Bryan Muir (born June 8, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 279 games in the National Hockey League winning a Stanley Cup Championship with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. He last played with the Frankfurt Lions in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga during the 2008–09 season. Muir went undrafted through his junior career with the University of New Hampshire and signed his first pro contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Muir is considered a journeyman defenceman having also played stints for the New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals. His most distinguished year came in the 2005–06 season for the Capitals where he played 72 games for 8 goals, 18 assists and 26 points. On August 5, 2008, Muir signed with Belarussian club HC Dinamo Minsk to participate in the newly formed KHL. Minsk released him after 23 games in the KHL, and in early January 2008 he signed with German club Frankfurt Lions for the remainder of the DEL season; after the Lions' quick exit from the 2009 DEL playoffs the club declined to offer Muir a contract extension. Muir joined the MLH team the Brantford
    8.00
    2 votes
    117
    Claude Giroux

    Claude Giroux

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Claude Giroux (French pronunciation: [klod ʒiʁu]; born January 12, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre of the Philadelphia Flyers. He signed with Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) during the NHL lockout. Giroux was the Flyers' first round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, selected 22nd overall. Prior to playing in the NHL, Giroux played his major junior career with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he helped win a 2008 President's Cup and earned the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the 2008 playoff MVP. Internationally, he won a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Giroux made his debut with the Flyers in February 2008 and joined the roster full-time midway through the 2008-2009 season. In 2011, after the blockbuster trades of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, Giroux took over the role of the club's first line centre. Giroux was the club's top point-scorer in both the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. In 2012, Giroux finished third in the league in point-scoring. Giroux grew up playing hockey in his hometown of Hearst, Ontario, and played Bantam A for the Hearst
    8.00
    2 votes
    118
    Manny Legacé

    Manny Legacé

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Emmanuel "Manny" Legace, (born February 4, 1973) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, most notably in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues. Legace most recently played in the National Hockey League for the Carolina Hurricanes and also played for the Los Angeles Kings. He finished his playing career for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, for whom he is the career leader in goaltending wins. Prior to being selected by the Whalers, Legace played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Niagara Falls Thunder and in Roller Hockey International for the Toronto Planets. Legace spent the 1993–1994 season as a member of the Canadian National Team and played in sixteen games. From there, Legace spent a lengthy apprenticeship in the minor leagues, largely for the Springfield Falcons, between 1994–98. He was a star with Springfield, garnering First Team All-Star honors and the AHL's leading goaltender award in 1996. He also played a brief stint for the ECHL's Richmond Renegades in 1996–97 and for the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder in 1997–98. On July 31, 1998, the Carolina Hurricanes traded Legace to the Los Angeles Kings
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    2 votes
    119
    Rick Rypien

    Rick Rypien

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Rick Joseph Rypien (May 16, 1984 – August 15, 2011) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who spent parts of six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks. After a major junior career of four years with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, he was signed by the minor professional Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2005. The following season, he signed with the Canucks. He spent six years with the organization, splitting time between the Canucks and Moose, their AHL affiliate. Following the 2010–11 NHL season, Rypien signed with the Winnipeg Jets, but died before joining his new team. His death was preceded by a history of clinical depression, which included two personal leaves of absence from the Canucks during his career. A fourth-line player in the NHL, he was known for his hitting and fighting abilities. Rypien was born in Blairmore, Alberta, a community within the municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta on May 16, 1984. He was raised in nearby Coleman, Alberta, a community with a population of approximately 1,000. Rypien was the son of Shelley and Wes Rypien, the latter of whom was a Canadian boxing champion;
    8.00
    2 votes
    120
    Scott Barney

    Scott Barney

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Scott Barney (born March 27, 1979 in Oshawa, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing with HPK in the Finnish SM-liiga. Barney was drafted by Los Angeles 29th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He did not get to play in the NHL until the 2002–2003 season, because he missed three consecutive seasons due to a severe back injury. He also played for the Atlanta Thrashers. Barney to date has played 27 games in the NHL, scoring 5 goals and adding 6 assists for 11 points. He was loaned to the Hershey Bears in March 2007 from the Grand Rapids Griffins and was re-signed by the Bears for the 2007–2008 season on July 31, 2007. For 2008–09 he moved to Germany to play for Augsburger Panther. In 2009–10 he started the season in Bietigheim-Bissingen SC, but was signed by Finnish team SaiPa in October. He continued in the team for 2010–11 season, but was fired by the team due to drunk driving. On November 21, 2010, he joined BK Mladá Boleslav of the Czech Extraliga. After just 13 games with Boleslav however, Barney returned to Finland to complete the 2010–11 season with HPK on January 18, 2011. 2005 NHL Official Guide & Record Book ISBN 0-920445-91-8
    8.00
    2 votes
    121
    Brad Boyes

    Brad Boyes

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Bradley Keith Boyes (born April 17, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Boyes went to Hazel McCallion Senior Public School and Clarkson Secondary School, both in Mississauga, before moving to Erie, Pennsylvania. His mother is a teacher. His father is a school principal, he was the principal of Champlain Trail Public School. Despite living in the Greater Toronto Area, Boyes was an Ottawa Senators fan growing up. Boyes played several years of roller hockey for the Mississauga Rattlers. He was a member of the Mississauga Reps AAA hockey team before being drafted by the Erie Otters. Boyes won the J. Ross Robertson Cup with the Otters in 2002. Boyes was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, 24th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks along with Alyn McCauley and a 1st round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (who would be Mark Stuart) in exchange for Owen Nolan. Boyes was later traded from the Sharks to the Boston Bruins in a 3-way deal that saw Jeff Jillson go to Buffalo Sabres, Curtis Brown go to San Jose, and Brad Boyes and Andy
    9.00
    1 votes
    122
    Jason Krog

    Jason Krog

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jason Krog (born October 9, 1975) is a professional ice hockey centre currently contracted by HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien (SEL). A native of British Columbia, Krog began his junior career in the BCJHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs. He played with the Chiefs for three seasons, culminating in a 128-point season in 1994–95. The following season, he began a four-year tenure with the University of New Hampshire, notching 238 points (94 goals, 144 assists) in 152 games from 1995–1999. In 1998–99, Krog was awarded the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate hockey player. Undrafted, he was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders on May 14, 1999. For three seasons, Krog mostly played in the American Hockey League with the Islanders' minor league affiliates. In 2001–02, Krog finished second in team scoring on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers despite only playing in 64 games. In the playoffs, he accumulated 23 points in 20 games, helping Bridgeport to the Calder Cup Finals where they were defeated by the Chicago Wolves. The following off-season, on July 17, 2002, he was signed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as a free agent. As a Duck he played 67 games in 2002–03 and posted
    9.00
    1 votes
    123
    Matt Cooke

    Matt Cooke

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Matthew David Cooke (born September 7, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cooke won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh during the 2008–09 NHL season. Cooke was member of the Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships which won the gold medal. He has also played in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals. Cooke's playing style of intentionally attempting to aggravate opponents has earned him the reputation of one of the NHL's "pests". During his NHL career Cooke has been suspended for several much criticized hits, some involving head-shots that injured opposing players, most notably Marc Savard in 2010. Cooke was an important factor influencing NHL rule changes intended to deter such conduct. After his longest suspension in 2011, Cooke has pledged to change his style of play. Although he is no longer a member of the Vancouver Canucks' organization, he is still active in the Vancouver community with his wife as they run The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope. Cooke played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons predominantly with the Windsor Spitfires
    9.00
    1 votes
    124
    Nick Schultz

    Nick Schultz

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Nick Schultz (born August 25, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Minnesota Wild drafted him in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He has represented Canada in international competition at the junior and senior level. As a child, Schultz played minor hockey in his hometown of Strasbourg for the Maroons. He was selected by the Prince Albert Raiders in the third round (43rd overall) of the 1997 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. Before joining the Raiders, Schultz played for Yorkton Mallers in the SMAAAHL. During his only season in the SMAAAHL, Schultz was named Rookie of the Year for the Mallers club, as well as being named the Top Defenseman and Most Valuable Player of the league's All-Star Game. Schultz made his debut for the Raiders in the 1998-99 WHL season, playing in 58 games, scoring 5 goals and adding 18 assists. In his sophomore season in the WHL, he played in 72 games, scoring 11 goals and adding 33 assists. After the 1999-2000 season, Schultz was named the Raiders top defenseman and most
    9.00
    1 votes
    125
    Rod Brind'Amour

    Rod Brind'Amour

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Roderic Jean Brind'Amour (born August 9, 1970) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He captained the Hurricanes to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He now acts as their assistant coach and development coach. Born in Ottawa but raised in Prince Rupert and Campbell River, British Columbia, Brind'Amour was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Brind'Amour played the next season at Michigan State University. Brind'Amour became well known for working out constantly, earning the nickname "Rod the Bod". During his time at Michigan State, Brind'Amour would go from a game directly into the weight room where he would undertake a strenuous workout. His coach at the time said that Brind'Amour's workouts became so intense that they would turn the lights out on him, and when that failed to work, they would padlock the room. At the conclusion of the collegiate hockey season, Brind'Amour joined the Blues during the 1989 NHL playoffs. He made his debut in game 5 of the Blues'
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    Saku Koivu

    Saku Koivu

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Saku Antero Koivu (born November 23, 1974) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1995–96 after three seasons with TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga. Koivu served as the Canadiens' captain for ten of his fourteen years with the club, which makes his the longest captaincy tenure in team history tied with Jean Béliveau. Koivu was the first European to captain the Montreal Canadiens. Saku started his professional ice hockey career playing for TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga, beginning in 1992–93. He posted 10 points in his rookie season, including 5 points in the playoffs to help TPS to a Kanada-malja championship. After improving to 53 points the following season, he put up a league-high 73 points in 1994–95. In addition to earning the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy as league scoring champion, Koivu was awarded the Kultainen kypärä award as the players' choice for the best player and the Lasse Oksanen trophy as league MVP. He went on to record 17 points in 13 post-season games that year to earn the Jari Kurri trophy as playoff MVP and win his second
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    1 votes
    127
    Sandis Ozolinsh

    Sandis Ozolinsh

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Sandis Ozoliņš (born August 3, 1972), commonly known as Sandis Ozolinsh ( /ˈsɑːndɨs ˈoʊzoʊlɪntʃ/) in North America, is a Latvian ice hockey player currently playing for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League. During his career in North America, Ozoliņš was a seven-time NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup champion, and Norris Trophy finalist. He is also the all-time leader for goals, assists, points and games played by a Latvian in the NHL and holds several Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks franchise records. Ozoliņš also was the highest paid sportsman in Latvian history, before NBA basketball player Andris Biedriņš succeeded him in 2008. Ozoliņš was drafted in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks as the 8th pick of the 2nd round, 30th overall. He played for the Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and New York Rangers. He is often considered a prototype "offensive defenseman," becoming heavily involved in his team's offense and scoring opportunities. Ozoliņš was drafted 30th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and had played for the Kansas City Blades, a minor league team in the
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    1 votes
    128
    Willie Mitchell

    Willie Mitchell

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    William Reid Mitchell (born April 23, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known primarily as a physical defensive defenceman. Mitchell played Junior A in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), before joining the college ranks with the Clarkson Golden Knights of ECAC Hockey in 1997. He won an ECAC championship with Clarkson in 1999, while also earning playoff MVP and ECAC First Team All-Star honours. Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, he played two seasons with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL) while earning limited playing time with the Devils over two seasons. In 2001, he was traded to the Minnesota Wild where he played four seasons before a brief stint with the Dallas Stars. He signed with the Vancouver Canucks in the 2006 off-season and was named the team's top defenceman twice, in 2008 and 2009. After four seasons in Vancouver, Mitchell signed with Los Angeles in August 2010. Internationally, he has represented Team Canada once at the 2004 World Championships, capturing a
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    129
    Brian Gionta

    Brian Gionta

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Brian Joseph Gionta (born January 18, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey player and captain of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL), and is the second American-born captain of the Canadiens and its first sole American-born captain (the first, Chris Chelios, was a co-captain with Guy Carbonneau). He goes by the nickname "Gio" from his teammates and The Rochester Rocket, dubbed by the media. Although small in stature compared to most other players (Gionta is currently the second-shortest player in the NHL; fellow Boston College Eagle Nathan Gerbe is two inches shorter), he is known for his tenacious play. Gionta was drafted 82nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The diminutive but fiery forward attended high school at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, NY, then skated for Boston College from 1997 to 2001, winning a National Championship as Eagles captain in the 2000–2001 season. He was mentored by current New York Islanders forward Marty Reasoner; also a Rochester, NY native; and enjoyed his best statistical season in his freshman year on a line with Reasoner, posting 30 goals and 62 points in 40 games as the Eagles fell to
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    3 votes
    130
    Kent Huskins

    Kent Huskins

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Kent Huskins (born May 4, 1979) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Before making his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2006, he played five seasons in the AHL. He was drafted 156th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, and played for Norfolk, San Antonio, and Manitoba of the AHL before joining the Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, in 2005. He also played four seasons at Clarkson University. In his senior year, Huskins was an NCAA East First Team All-American and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Huskins made his NHL debut on December 23, 2006 when the Ducks played the Phoenix Coyotes. Kent was recalled from Portland to fill a gap in the Anaheim defensive corps caused by an injury to Sean O'Donnell, and then later to Chris Pronger. He was sent back down a month later, but called up for good when the Ducks dealt Shane O'Brien at the trade deadline. He won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. On Monday, October 15, 2007, Huskins scored his first career goal in a game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Huskins was traded to the San Jose Sharks on March 4, 2009 along with
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    3 votes
    131
    Alexei Ponikarovsky

    Alexei Ponikarovsky

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Oleksiy Volodymyrovych "Alexei" Ponikarovsky (Ukrainian: Олексій Володимирович Понікаровський; born April 9, 1980) is a Ukrainian Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Due to the 2012 NHL lockout, Ponikarovsky signed with the Kontinental Hockey League's HC Donbass for the 2012-13 season. Ponikarovsky played for Dynamo 2 and Dynamo Jr., farm teams during 1995–99 campaigns, seeing a little action with the main club during the 1998–99 season and finally becoming a fixture on the team during the 1999–00 season when Dynamo won the Russian Superleague Championship. In 1997–98, Ponikarovsky played 24 games for Dynamo Moscow in the First Division of the Russian Hockey League collecting three points with 30 penalty minutes. He then played 13 games for Krylya Sovetov of the Russian Elite League in 1998–99 and played three playoff games for Moscow Dynamo. In 1999–00, Ponikarovsky played 19 games for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Elite League and played 29 games for THK Tver in the First Division of the Russian Hockey League collecting 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) with 26 penalty minutes. In the 2005–06 NHL season,
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    132
    Bobby Ryan

    Bobby Ryan

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Bobby Ryan (born Robert Shane Stevenson; March 17, 1987) is an American winger currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey. After winning national championships with his minor hockey team, the Los Angeles Junior Kings, he initially committed to playing for the U.S. National Under-18 Program. Despite telling Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams he would not play major junior, Ryan was selected by the Owen Sound Attack 7th overall in the 2003 OHL Selection Draft. He was convinced to play for the team and immediately began his major junior career with a 39-point rookie campaign in 2003–04. After improving to 89 points the following season, Ryan was drafted second overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Ryan closed out his OHL career after the 2006–07 season. Upon elimination in the playoffs, he was assigned by the Ducks to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the final 8 games of the AHL season. Ryan then started the 2007–08 season with the Ducks, scoring his first NHL goal in his debut against the Los Angeles Kings at The O2 arena in London, England. Ryan was, however, sent back to the AHL to
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    2 votes
    133
    Brenden Morrow

    Brenden Morrow

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Brenden Morrow (born January 16, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Morrow played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Portland Winter Hawks. During his junior career, he helped Portland win the Memorial Cup during the 1997–98 season. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Morrow has represented Canada internationally at a number of different events. He won a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships. He has represented Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships four times, winning a gold medal in 2004 and a silver medal in 2005. He also played for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which Canada won. Morrow was named to Canada's team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he scored 2 goals and added an assist in the tournament as Canada won the gold medal. Morrow played minor hockey in his hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan and in the nearby community of Estevan. Despite putting up impressive numbers in his final year of bantam hockey (117 goals, 72 assists in 60 games), Morrow was not selected in the
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    2 votes
    134
    Brent Sopel

    Brent Sopel

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Brent Sopel (born January 7, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and previously the National Hockey League (NHL). On April 3, 1996, just under a year after being drafted, Sopel signed his first professional contract with his draft team, the Vancouver Canucks. Sopel scored his first NHL goal on April 10, 1999 against the Edmonton Oilers' Tommy Salo. Sopel was traded back to the Canucks during their 2006–07 season, on February 1, 2007, the NHL trade deadline. He missed the first game of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars after he injured his back picking a cracker up off the floor. The Canucks beat the Stars in quadruple overtime, in the sixth longest game in NHL history. On August 3, 2005, the Canucks traded Sopel to the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. On August 16, just under a week after being traded, Sopel signed a two-year, $4.8-million dollar with the Islanders. Heading into the 2007–08 season with no contract, Sopel was invited to the Detroit Red Wings' training camp. However, on September 28, 2007, Sopel left Red Wings camp, signing a
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    2 votes
    135
    Corey Perry

    Corey Perry

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Corey Perry (born May 16, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he captured a Memorial Cup with the London Knights and a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships during his major junior career. He was selected by the Ducks 28th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2007. In 2008, Perry's numbers improved as he scored 29 goals and recorded 25 assists. In 2009, Perry scored 72 points and was named to his first NHL All-Star team. Perry continued his success in 2010 as he scored 27 goals and had 49 assists. In 2010, he won the Olympic Gold Medal with Canada at the Vancouver Games. In 2011, Perry won the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League MVP for the 2010-11 season. He led the NHL with 50 goals and finished 3rd in points behind Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis with 98 points. Perry was born on May 16, 1985 in Peterborough, Ontario. He was the first of two boys born to Geoff and Nancy Perry. He and his brother Adam learned to skate when Corey was two and Corey started to watch hockey
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    2 votes
    136
    Donald Brashear

    Donald Brashear

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Donald Brashear (born January 7, 1972) is an American-Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who last played for the Rivière-du-Loup CIMT in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH). He previously played for five organizations in the National Hockey League (NHL), in which he was considered one of the most effective enforcers. His aggressive style led to being among the league leaders in penalty minutes for six seasons, while currently ranking 15th all-time in NHL history, and resulted in multiple suspensions as well. He remains the Vancouver Canucks all-time single season leader in penalty minutes, which he set in the 1997–98 season. He was the victim of one most publicized incidents of on-ice violence in NHL history, when he was slashed in the head by Marty McSorley, during the 1999–2000 season. Brashear was born in Bedford, Indiana but moved to Quebec as a child. He has represented his native United States twice internationally, playing in consecutive IIHF World Championships in 1997 and 1998. Brashear is the youngest of three children born to an African-American father and Québécois mother, Johnny and Nicole Brashear, in Bedford, Indiana. His father was an
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    2 votes
    137
    Jacques Plante

    Jacques Plante

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Joseph Jacques Omer Plante (January 17, 1929 – February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. During a career lasting from 1947–1975, he was considered to be one of the most important innovators in hockey. He played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1953 to 1963; during his tenure, the team won the Stanley Cup six times, including five consecutive wins. Plante retired in 1965 but was persuaded to return to the National Hockey League to play for the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1968. He was later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1970 and to the Boston Bruins in 1973. He joined the World Hockey Association as coach and general manager for the Quebec Nordiques in 1973–74. He then played goal for the Edmonton Oilers in 1974–75, ending his professional career with that team. Plante was the first NHL goaltender to wear a goaltender mask in regulation play on a regular basis. He developed and tested many versions of the mask (including the forerunner of today's mask/helmet combination) with the assistance of other experts. Plante was the first NHL goaltender to regularly play the puck outside his crease in support of his team's defencemen, and he often instructed
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    2 votes
    138
    Sebastien Caron

    Sebastien Caron

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Sébastien Caron (born June 25, 1980) is a professional ice hockey goaltender for the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutschen Eishockey Liga. Caron was a fourth-round pick in 1999 and is a butterfly goaltender best known for his great save from Brian Savage against the Philadelphia Flyers. This save came early in the 2005–2006 season with his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The puck went off the left goal post. Savage then tried to tip the puck in the goal but Caron quickly scooped the puck up with his glove almost on the goal line. Caron was also known for allowing a 170 foot shot by Washington Capitals defenseman Ivan Majesky. He started the season as backup to Jocelyn Thibault and ended it as back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury. During the 2007 playoffs, Caron served as a spare goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks. He was not called on to dress during the playoffs. Caron was included on the Stanley Cup winning picture, and has a Stanley Cup ring; however, because he only played one regular season game, he did not qualify to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. On April 1, 2010, Caron was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers. He was the seventh goaltender acquired the Flyers' for the
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    2 votes
    139
    Kris Beech

    Kris Beech

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Kristopher Beech (born February 5, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre, currently playing for Rauman Lukko in the Finnish elite league SM-Liiga. Beech was drafted 7th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. At the time he was playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Beech was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in July 2001 with Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera. Beech appeared in 79 games for the Penguins recording 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points. Disappointed with his development, the Penguins traded Beech on September 9, 2005 to the Nashville Predators for a conditional draft pick. Beech returned to the Capitals organization on March 9, 2006, having been traded, along with a first-round pick, for defenseman Brendan Witt. He was sent down to the Hershey Bears to join their AHL playoff campaign and helped them to Calder Cup victory against the Milwaukee Admirals. On January 10, 2008, Beech was claimed off waivers from Columbus by the Vancouver Canucks. However, on January 23, 2008, after just four games with the Canucks in which he recorded one goal and one assist, Beech was
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    4 votes
    140
    Adam Mair

    Adam Mair

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Adam Mair (born February 15, 1979) is a Canadian ice hockey centre. He is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL). Mair was drafted 84th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Maple Leafs for five games in the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording a goal and 14 penalty minutes. However, he spent the majority of the 1999–2000 season in the AHL with the St. John's Maple Leafs. The Leafs traded Mair at the Trade Deadline in 2001, acquiring defenseman Aki Berg from the Los Angeles Kings. Mair split time in the 2001–02 season between the AHL and NHL, and was hurt for a good amount of the season. In a December 20, 2001 game against the Ottawa Senators, Mair was assessed 47 penalty minutes after he left the Kings bench to join a fight that had broken out between the two teams behind Kings goaltender Felix Potvin. As the two teams fought, Mair's teammate Mikko Eloranta squared off with Senator's enforcer Chris Neil. Seeing that Eloranta was at a obvious disadvantage, Mair left the Kings bench and tackled Neil. The next day it was announced that Mair had received an automatic 10 game suspension for leaving the
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    3 votes
    141
    Patrick Sharp

    Patrick Sharp

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Patrick Sharp (born December 27, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Sharp was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began his hockey career in Thunder Bay, Ontario, playing first for the Thunder Bay Kings program then for the former Thunder Bay Flyers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). From there he continued his hockey career in the college ranks with the University of Vermont, before the Philadelphia Flyers selected him 95th overall (3rd round) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After completing two years with Vermont, Sharp made his NHL debut in 2003–04, splitting the season between the Flyers and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 41 regular season games with the Flyers, and 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 35 games for the Phantoms. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Sharp spent the entire following season in the AHL with the Phantoms, registering 23 goals and 29 assists (52 points) in 75 regular-season games and 8 goals and 13 assists (21 points) in 21 playoff games en route to a
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    3 votes
    142
    Radek Dvorak

    Radek Dvorak

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Radek Dvořák (born March 9, 1977) is a Czech professional ice hockey currently a member of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Dvořák was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, tenth overall, by the Florida Panthers. A veteran of over 1,100 NHL games, Radek has played for the Panthers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, a brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers and now Dallas. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks but after a few minutes was traded by the Sharks to the Rangers the very same day. On February 28, 2011 he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers during the NHL trade deadline. Dvořák began his NHL career as an eighteen year old with the Florida Panthers in the 1995–96 season. In 77 games, Dvořák scored 13 goals and 27 points, as the Panthers reached the playoffs for the first time in club history. Dvořák helped the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, earning four points in 16 games. He saw his numbers improve in his second season, scoring 18 goals and 39 points in 78 games to finish fourth in team scoring. He missed 18 games during the 1997–98 NHL season, but still scored 12 goals and 14 assists for 36 points. In his
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    3 votes
    143
    Rob Niedermayer

    Rob Niedermayer

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Robert W. Niedermayer, Jr. (born December 28, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for HC Lugano of the National League A in Switzerland. He also played for the Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres. He is the younger brother of former NHL defenceman Scott Niedermayer (the two were teammates for four seasons) and cousin of Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick. Although Rob was born in Cassiar, British Columbia, he and his brother Scott grew up living in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Niedermayer was drafted 5th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. At the time he was playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He started his NHL career right away, without playing a game in the minors. During the 1996 NHL season he set career highs in goals, assists, and points in the regular season. In the playoffs, the Panthers went on an improbable playoff drive to the Stanley Cup Finals, before being swept in four games by the Colorado Avalanche. Niedermayer was hurt by concussions in the next years and has never been able to achieve the same level of scoring
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    3 votes
    144
    Wojtek Wolski

    Wojtek Wolski

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Wojciech "Wojtek” Wolski (pronounced: VOY-tek VOL-skee; born February 24, 1986) is a Polish-Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and Florida Panthers. Wolski was drafted in the first round, 21st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. It was originally believed that he would be the 10th-15th pick, but some teams passed on him because he was charged with assault causing bodily harm by Toronto police shortly before the draft. Wolski allegedly beat and hospitalized another young man his age at a birthday party. The case was dismissed when it was learned that Wolski was defending his girlfriend, who had been pushed off a porch. Prior to being drafted, Wolski attended St. Michael's College School and played for the Buzzers hockey team in 2001–02. Before making the Avalanche roster, he recorded 14 franchise records as a member of the OHL's Brampton Battalion, and earned the award for Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2006. Wolski was the OHL Player of the Month an
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    3 votes
    145
    Antti Miettinen

    Antti Miettinen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Antti Miettinen (born July 3, 1980) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who plays for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL. Miettinen was drafted by the Dallas Stars as their seventh-round pick, 224th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to playing in the NHL, Miettinen played for five years in the SM-Liiga with HPK Hämeenlinna picking up the Kultainen kypärä and the Lasse Oksanen trophy in his final year in Finland. Miettinen spent two-years in the AHL before playing his first full season in the NHL in the 2005–06 season with the Stars. On July 3, 2008, Miettinen signed a 3-year $7 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. He was chosen to play for Finland in the 2006 Winter Olympics but was unable to participate due to an upper body injury. He was replaced on the team by Niklas Hagman. On December 12, 2011, Miettinen agreed on a two-year deal to return to the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The following day he was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Winnipeg Jets. Miettinen is currently in a band called Cement, made by a few of his friends and himself. He plays the guitar and has made a few songs with the band. Although not very universal, they did get one gig—at his
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    1 votes
    146
    Daniil Markov

    Daniil Markov

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Daniil "Danny" Yevgenyevich Markov (Russian: Даниил Евгеньевич Марков; born July 30, 1976) is a professional ice hockey defenceman for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. He is a veteran of nine National Hockey League seasons. Danny Markov began his career in 1993, playing for HC Spartak Moscow in Russia. The Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL drafted him in the 9th round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. However, partway through the 1996–97 season, he left Moscow and began playing for the Maple Leafs' farm team, the St. John's Maple Leafs. He made the jump to the NHL at the end of the 1997–98 season. After four seasons in Toronto, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Travis Green, Robert Reichel, and Craig Mills. He played two seasons for the Coyotes before joining the Carolina Hurricanes for the 2003–04 season; once again, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Justin Williams partway through the season. In the time leading up to the 2005–06, the Flyers found themselves in potential trouble with the new salary cap and needed to unload some salary. Thus, they traded Markov to the Nashville Predators for a third round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
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    1 votes
    147
    Dwight Helminen

    Dwight Helminen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Dwight Helminen (born June 22, 1983 in Hancock, Michigan) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. His brother Lars plays with Linz EHC of the EBEL. Helminen was drafted 244th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Dwight played junior hockey for the U.S. Junior National Team in the USHL and college hockey at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. On March 3, 2004, the New York Rangers acquired his rights from the Oilers along with a 2004 second round draft choice and Stephen Valiquette in exchange for Petr Nedved and Jussi Markkanen. Since turning professional, he has played for the Charlotte Checkers in the ECHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, before signing with JYP Jyväskylä in the Finnish SM-liiga in 2007. Dwight signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 3, 2008. He was then assigned to Hurricanes affiliate, the Albany River Rats of the AHL. Helminen made his NHL debut in the 2008–09 season after an injury to Brandon Sutter. He played in 23 regular season games by seasons end with the Hurricanes, as well as one playoff game. On July 16, 2009, Helminen
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    1 votes
    148
    Michael Zigomanis

    Michael Zigomanis

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michael "Mike" Zigomanis (born January 17, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. who currently plays with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). Zigomanis was drafted twice. In the 1999 NHL Entry Draft he was selected 64th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, but was not signed. He re-entered for the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes 46th overall. Zigomanis adheres to a vegan diet. Zigomanis was born January 17, 1981 in North York, Ontario, Canada. His ethnic Macedonian parents emigrated to Canada from the Kastoria Prefecture in Greece. Zigomanis was originally drafted in the 2nd round, 64th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Zigomanis agreed to terms with the Sabres just before the 5 pm deadline on June 1, 2001, but there was a typographical error in his contract that was faxed to the league offices. By the time the error was discovered, the deadline had passed, and the NHL ruled that he would have to re-enter the NHL draft, as he had not been signed before the deadline. He re-entered the draft and was selected 46th overall by Carolina Hurricanes in 2001. Zigomanis has played 134 career NHL games,
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    1 votes
    149
    Nathan Dempsey

    Nathan Dempsey

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Nathan Dempsey (born July 14, 1974) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He last played 260 games in the National Hockey League with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins . Nathan Dempsey was selected in the 11th round, 245th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs from the WHL's Regina Pats. Dempsey spent the majority of his 9-year tenure with the Leafs with their AHL affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs. His most successful season came in the 2001–02 season where he scored 61 points in 75 games for St. John's. Dempsey had only played 48 games for Toronto when he left as a free agent on July 12, 2002, signing with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nathan established himself as a NHL regular in the Blackhawks blueline in the 2003–04 season and on March 2, 2004, he was traded from the Blackhawks to the Los Angeles Kings for a 4th round draft selection (Nathan Davis) in 2005 and future considerations. Dempsey spent the 2004 NHL lockout with German team Berlin Polar Bears of the DEL, before returning to the Kings for the 2005–06 season. Dempsey joined his fourth NHL team on August 7, 2006, when he signed
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    1 votes
    150
    Shaone Morrisonn

    Shaone Morrisonn

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Shaone Morrisonn (born December 23, 1982) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. Shaone started his hockey career with the Vancouver Thunderbird Minor Hockey Association (VTMHA). After proving himself at the community level, he was drafted by the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL and subsequently drafted in the 1st round, 19th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He was later dealt to the Capitals on March 3, 2004 in the trade that sent Sergei Gonchar to the Bruins. Morrisonn was often paired with 2007–08 NHL lead goal-scoring defenceman Mike Green. Morrisonn has begun to prove himself as a tough, stay-at-home defenceman. During the 2008 NHL playoffs, Morrisonn played every game with a broken jaw and a separated shoulder. In 2008, after a long negotiation with the Capitals, Morrisonn filed for arbitration as he wanted to stay with the team but could not come to an agreement on financial terms. On July 26, 2008, an arbitrator awarded a one-year contract worth $1.975 million. On August 2, 2010 Morrisonn came to terms with the Buffalo Sabres on a two-year contract. Prior to his second season with the Sabres, on
    8.00
    1 votes
    151
    Tuukka Rask

    Tuukka Rask

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Tuukka Mikael Rask (born March 10, 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. On June 24, 2006 his rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Rask started his career in the youth teams of his hometown club SaPKo. He then played in 26 games for the Tampere-based Ilves Jr. in the Finnish Junior League. His goals against average (GAA) was 1.86 with two shutouts and a .935 save percentage. He was the top ranked European goaltender in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Rask played his last European ice hockey season as the number one goaltender for the Ilves senior team in the top-flight SM-liiga. The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Rask in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Before playing a single regular season game for Toronto he was traded to the Boston Bruins for former Calder Trophy winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Toronto management had deemed Justin Pogge their potential goaltender of the future, and Rask became expendable. On 5 May 2007, Rask signed a
    8.00
    1 votes
    152
    Vyacheslav Kozlov

    Vyacheslav Kozlov

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Winger
    Vyacheslav Anatolevich 'Slava' Kozlov (Russian: Вячеслав Анатольевич Козлов; born May 3, 1972) is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger who plays for Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (1997, 1998) from his years playing with the Detroit Red Wings. He has also played for the Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers. In February 2011, he left HC CSKA Moscow, with whom he had signed a one-year deal, to join playoff-bound Salavat Yulaev Ufa. He joined Dynamo Moscow for the 2011-12 season. Kozlov was drafted 45th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Kozlov made his NHL debut on March 12, 1992, recording two assists in Detroit's 5–4 win over the St. Louis Blues. He became a regular player with Detroit in the 1993–94 NHL season. After the Red Wings acquired Igor Larionov in 1995, coach Scotty Bowman created a 5–man Russian unit (the "Russian Five") consisting of forwards Kozlov, Sergei Fedorov and Igor Larionov, and defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov. This group helped Detroit to a Stanley Cup win in 1997. Kozlov was also a contributing member of the team during their second consecutive
    5.25
    4 votes
    153
    Brendan Shanahan

    Brendan Shanahan

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Brendan Frederick "Shanny" Shanahan (born January 23, 1969) is the National Hockey League's Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and head disciplinarian. Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils second overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Shanahan played with the St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and New Jersey Devils. He spent the majority of his career with the Red Wings, with whom he won three Stanley Cup championships. With his physical play and goal scoring ability, Shanahan scored 656 goals in his NHL career spanning over 1,500 NHL games and, at the time of his retirement, was the leader among active NHL players for goals scored. Shanahan is the only player in NHL history with over 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. Competing for Team Canada internationally, Shanahan won a gold medal at the 1994 World Championships, 2002 Winter Olympics, and a 1991 Canada Cup championship. Having won what are considered the three most prominent team titles in ice hockey, an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship and a Stanley Cup, Shanahan is a member of the elite Triple Gold Club. Shanahan currently works in the NHL office as the
    7.00
    2 votes
    154
    Chris Clark

    Chris Clark

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Chris Clark (born March 8, 1976) is a retired professional ice hockey Right Winger who played in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Clark played four years for the Clarkson Golden Knights in the ECAC (NCAA Division I), posting 128 points (63 goals, 65 assists) and 392 penalty minutes in 142 games. He was named to the ECAC Second All-Star team in 1998. Clark was drafted in the third round, 77th overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Clark played five seasons with the Flames. In his final season with the team, he played in every game and helped the team to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to Tampa Bay. Clark was traded to the Washington Capitals as a restricted free agent on August 4, 2005, in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2006 Entry Draft. In January 2006, he joined the Capitals' top line, which also included left wing Alexander Ovechkin and center Dainius Zubrus. Clark finished his first season in Washington with career highs in goals, assists, and points. The Capitals named Clark their new team captain on September 13, 2006. Playing on the top line, Clark had a career year
    7.00
    2 votes
    155
    Dan Ellis

    Dan Ellis

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Daniel Ellis (born June 19, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators. Ellis grew up in Orangeville, Ontario and played his minor hockey for the AA Orangeville Flyers of the OMHA Tri-County Hockey League and then eventually AAA hockey for the Halton Hills Hurricanes of the OMHA South-Central Triple A Hockey League. Ellis was undrafted by the Ontario Hockey League and played Major Midget hockey for Halton in 1996-97 and the following season for the Newmarket Hurricanes club of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL). After one season in Newmarket, Ellis moved south to the Omaha Lancers, in the USHL where he was awarded Goaltender of the Year, Player of the Year and named a First Team All-Star. Following his USHL season, Ellis then spent three years at the University of Omaha-Nebraska before signing after the 2002-03 season. The Dallas Stars drafted Ellis in the 2nd round, 60th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. HE went to DVMS For the 2003–2004 season, Ellis split time between the Utah
    7.00
    2 votes
    156
    Daniel Brière

    Daniel Brière

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Daniel "Danny" Brière (born October 6, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played with the Phoenix Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres. Internationally, Brière has won four gold medals in as many appearances with Team Canada at the 1994 World U18 Championships, 1997 World Junior Championships, and the 2003 and 2004 World Championships. Growing up and playing hockey in his hometown Gatineau, Briere played Bantam hockey in 1992-93 for the Abitibi Regents before graduating to the AAA Gatineau Intrepide of the Quebec Midget League for the 1993-94 season. He was drafted by the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the 1994 QMJHL Draft. Brière's number 14 has been retired by this team, on January 21, 2007, during a ceremony in the Marcel Dionne Center of Drummondville. In his rookie season, he recorded 123 points, third overall in the league, was awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy as league rookie of the year, and the Marcel Robert Trophy as scholastic player of the year. The following season, he improved to 163 points, earning the Jean Béliveau Trophy as the league's leading scorer.
    7.00
    2 votes
    157
    Darren Haydar

    Darren Haydar

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Darren Haydar (born October 22, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger. He currently plays with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL). Haydar was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 9th round (248th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning professional Haydar played two years with the Milton Merchants of the Junior A Ontario Provincial Hockey League, where he established league records for goals (71) and points (140) in a season. He then spent four years (1998–2002) for the University of New Hampshire, scoring 219 points with 102 goals. In 2002 he was named a First Team All-American and was Hockey East Player of the Year. He was drafted 248th overall by Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. On September 11, 2002, Haydar signed a three-year entry level contract with the Predators. He spent almost all of his Predators career at their farm team as a standout with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, only playing twice for the Predators, both in the 2002–03 NHL season. He helped the Admirals win the Calder Cup in the 2003–04 season. Haydar was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers as a Free Agent on July 4, 2006.
    7.00
    2 votes
    158
    Fedor Tyutin

    Fedor Tyutin

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Fedor Anatolievich Tyutin (Russian: Фёдор Анатольевич Тютин, Fjodor Tjutin; born July 19, 1983) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tyutin was drafted in the second round, 40th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Tyutin started his North American professional career with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the New York Rangers at the start of the 2003–04 season. Tyutin made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers on February 12, 2004 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He recorded his first point four days later with an assist in a game against the Ottawa Senators. Nearly a month later, on March 13, 2004, Tyutin scored his first NHL goal, a shorthanded goal, against Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers. On March 21, 2004, he had his first multi-point game with two assists against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He began the 2004–05 season, during the NHL lockout, with the Hartford Wolfpack. In 13 games, he tallied two goals, one assist, and ten penalty minutes. After his brief stint with the Wolfpack, Tyutin returned to Russia to play
    7.00
    2 votes
    159
    Joel Lundqvist

    Joel Lundqvist

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    Joel Lundqvist (born 2 March 1982 in Åre, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre, currently playing for Frölunda HC of Elitserien. He serves as the team's captain. Joel and identical twin brother Henrik, a goalie with the New York Rangers of the NHL, were born to Eva Johansson and Peter Lundqvist. They grew up in Åre, Jämtland, an area where alpine skiing is the most popular winter activity, but Henrik and Joel chose to play ice hockey over the more popular winter sports. During the winters their kindergarten teachers used the kindergarten's 9 meters × 3 meters (30 ft × 10 ft) sandpit to freeze an outdoor ice rink where the twins would frequently skate. Their interest in hockey grew even larger when their father Peter took the twins to see Frölunda HC play in Scandinavium, Gothenburg. Peter worked for a company who sponsored Frölunda, and Henrik and Joel saw many games in Scandinavium and Frölunda became their favourite team. In 1990 Henrik and Joel joined Järpens IF and started playing organized hockey for the first time. During one practice when the coach asked if anyone wanted to be a goaltender Joel grabbed and raised Henrik's arm and said that his brother would
    7.00
    2 votes
    160
    Johan Franzen

    Johan Franzen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Johan Franzén (/ˈjaʊ.hɑːn frɑːnˈzɛn/YOW-hahn frahn-ZEN; born (1979-12-23)23 December 1979) is a Swedish professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Franzén started playing ice hockey in Boro/Vetlanda HC, Landsbro near Vetlanda in Sweden. He was suspended for a full year after knocking down a referee, but was then moved to play with the Tranås AIF in the Swedish Allsvenskan in 1999. After one season with the club, he moved to Linköping where he stayed for five seasons, helping the club win the promotion for play in the Swedish elite league Elitserien in 2001. Recommended by European scout Håkan Andersson, Franzén was drafted by the Red Wings in 2004. For the 2005–06 NHL season, Franzén played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, totaling 80 games for 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in his rookie season. His workmanlike service was lauded by former teammate and captain Steve Yzerman, who gave Johan the nickname "The Mule", because "he carries the load". In August 2006, Franzén re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings to a three-year contract worth $2.825 million. On 21 April 2007, during a playoff game versus the
    7.00
    2 votes
    161
    Kyle Calder

    Kyle Calder

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Kyle Charles Calder (born January 5, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Calder began his career by playing junior hockey for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). After scoring 59 points in his sophomore season, he was drafted in the fifth round of the 1997 draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. After his fourth season where he scored 88 points between two teams, he was rewarded with his first professional contract. Calder began his career by playing for the Cleveland Lumberjacks, the Blackhawks' International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate. He also came up to play in the NHL for the first time that season, playing in eight games. During that time, he also got his first NHL goal. The following year, after the collapse of the IHL, Calder began and ended his season with the Norfolk Admirals, their new American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. For a good portion of the season he played for the Blackhawks, appearing in over forty games. Starting
    7.00
    2 votes
    162
    Marc-Andre Gragnani

    Marc-Andre Gragnani

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Marc-André Gragnani (born March 11, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 87th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After completing his four-year Quebec Major Junior Hockey League career with the PEI Rocket, Gragnani began his professional career within the Sabres organization in 2007–08. He spent four-and-a-half seasons playing between the Sabres and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates, before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks in February 2012. He played only half a season with Vancouver before signing with Carolina as a free agent. He played junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for P.E.I. Rocket and his minor hockey for the Dauphins de Deux-Rives. He was drafted in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres and signed a professional contract with the Sabres in June 2007. Although originally drafted as a defenceman, Gragnani shifted to the left wing position during his first professional season. He made his NHL debut on February 23, 2008, for the
    7.00
    2 votes
    163
    Paul Mara

    Paul Mara

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Paul Mara (born September 7, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. He was selected 7th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother, Rob Mara, was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in eleventh round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After playing two seasons of high school level hockey in Massachusetts for Belmont Hill School Paul Mara joined the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League for the 1996–97 season. As part of a three team trade with the Windsor Spitfires Mara was traded to the Plymouth Whalers on December 16, 1997. In reflecting on his move from high school to Junior hockey Mara said, "It was the best decision of my life, to go up to Sudbury." Mara was drafted in the first round, 7th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He spent two seasons between the Lightning and their IHL affiliate team the Detroit Vipers before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001. He played 81 games with the Coyotes in 2003-04. During the 2004 NHL lockout, Mara joined the Hannover Scorpions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. On June 26, 2006, he was traded by the Coyotes to the
    7.00
    2 votes
    164
    Toby Petersen

    Toby Petersen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Tobias Emanuel Petersen (born October 27, 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended Colorado College, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 244th overall in the 9th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. During Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in the 2005–06 playoffs, Petersen scored his first ever NHL playoff goal against Ilya Bryzgalov of the Anaheim Ducks by stealing the puck and wrapping it into an empty net while Bryzgalov attempted to make a play behind his goal line. Petersen has stated that he is a type-one diabetic. As a result, he must use his insulin pump during games. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nominated him as their 2003–2004 AHL Man of the Year candidate for his work with Diabetes charities. Petersen remains a huge Minnesota sports fan, especially the Twins. He met Mike Modano at a youth hockey camp when Modano was a rookie for the North Stars; at one point, Modano even babysat the younger player. Now playing together on the Dallas Stars, Petersen was impressed that Modano remembered him from so many years prior. In 2008
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    2 votes
    165
    Vic Hadfield

    Vic Hadfield

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Victor Edward Hadfield (born October 4, 1940) is a retired professional ice hockey player. One of the most popular players in New York Rangers history, Hadfield had a sixteen-year career in the NHL, tallying 323 goals and 389 assists with 1154 penalty minutes in 1002 career games with the Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Originally signed by the Chicago Black Hawks and assigned to their junior league affiliate St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey League, Hadfield established himself as a physical presence, tallying many more penalty minutes than points. With a strong squad in 1960 that included future notable NHL players Chico Maki, Roger Crozier, Pat Stapleton, he averaged a point a game in the regular season and playoffs, but racked up an average of five penalty minutes a game in the playoffs en route to the Teepees' second Memorial Cup championship. Assigned to Chicago's Buffalo Bisons farm team in the American Hockey League the following season, he was left unprotected after the 1962 season and claimed by the Rangers in the intra-league draft. By 1964, Hadfield had cemented a place in the Rangers' lineup as an enforcer. Gradually, he focused more on scoring than on
    6.00
    3 votes
    166
    Colton Orr

    Colton Orr

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Colton Douglas Orr (born March 3, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently playing in the American Hockey League for the Toronto Marlies. He is known as an enforcer (ice hockey) for his physical style of play and regularly dropping the gloves. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Orr played junior hockey for the Swift Current Broncos, Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats in Western Hockey League. Orr went undrafted and signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. He played his first NHL game against the Washington Capitals, the only game he played in the 2003-04 NHL season. He played most of the season as well as the 2004-05 lockout season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, playing 125 games, scoring twelve points, and recording 536 penalty minutes. Orr played as regular early in the 2005-06 NHL season with the Boston Bruins but was shortly waived. On November 29, 2005, the New York Rangers claimed him off waivers from the Bruins. Orr scored his first NHL point in 15 games with the Rangers, as well as dressing for one playoff game against the New Jersey Devils. Orr saw his playing time increase over three consecutive seasons in
    5.00
    4 votes
    167
    David Krejci

    David Krejci

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    David Krejčí (born April 28, 1986 in Šternberk, Moravia, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). David Krejčí was the Boston Bruins' first pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (63rd overall) He was drafted out of Czech junior leagues, having played for HC Kladno. Following his selection, he moved to North America to play major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Gatineau Olympiques for two seasons. Krejčí turned pro in 2006–07, playing for the Bruins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins. He played in his first NHL game on January 30, 2007 in a 7–1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres, but suffered a concussion from Buffalo's Adam Mair during his third shift. He recorded just 2:07 minutes of ice time. Krejčí played increasingly with Boston the following season, appearing in 56 NHL games to go with 25 games in Providence. On February 19, 2008, Krejčí was involved in a shootout tie-breaker round, in a Bruins road game against the Carolina Hurricanes, and scored to help the Bruins take the shootout 2–1. Krejčí's shootout
    5.67
    3 votes
    168
    Dennis Seidenberg

    Dennis Seidenberg

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Dennis Seidenberg (born July 18, 1981) is a German professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He drew attention for his outstanding play in Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup championship run, at one point being cited as a potential Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Seidenberg was drafted in the sixth round, 172nd overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After spending three years with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in his native Germany, he signed with the Flyers in 2002. Seidenberg spent the next two seasons bouncing between the NHL team and the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Philadelphia Phantoms, but played the entire 2004–05 season with the Phantoms during the lockout, winning the 2005 Calder Cup. In both seasons after the lockout, Seidenberg was involved in a midseason trade. On January 20, 2006, Seidenberg was sent to the Phoenix Coyotes for Petr Nedvěd; the following year, the Coyotes sent Seidenberg to the Carolina Hurricanes on January 8 in exchange for center Kevyn Adams. On September 14, 2009, he signed a one-year $2.25 million contract with the Florida Panthers. On March
    5.67
    3 votes
    169
    Jonathan Sigalet

    Jonathan Sigalet

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Jonathan Sigalet (born February 12, 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He played college hockey for the Falcons of Bowling Green State University. He was drafted by the NHL's Boston Bruins in 2005 and was also a part of the Columbus Blue Jackets system, playing for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Currently he is playing for HC Slovan Bratislava, a team playing in the KHL and based in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia. Sigalet's career began with the BCHL's Salmon Arm Silverbacks in 2002. During his season with the team, he received numerous awards, including being named to the BCHL First-Team All-Star and All-Rookie teams, as well as being named "Top Defenceman" by the team. Following his season in the BCHL, Sigalet joined the Bowling Green Falcons for the 2003-2004 season, joining his brother, goaltender Jordan Sigalet. Following a three-point night against Findlay on December 12, Sigalet was named CCHA Rookie of the Week on December 14, 2003. He concluded his freshman season with 3 goals, 12 assists and 26 penalty minutes, earning him an Honorable Mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team. During his sophomore
    5.67
    3 votes
    170
    Mark Smith

    Mark Smith

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Mark Christopher Smith (born October 24, 1977) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. He was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the 9th round, 219th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. On July 24, 2006, he was awarded a $700,000 one-year contract through arbitration. In September 2007, he was invited for a try out at the New York Rangers training camp, however after playing in 2 pre-season games with the club, he was released. Less than a week later, he was signed by the Flames. Smith was a very speedy player with an energizer's checking style. San Jose had utilized Smith on both the penalty kill and the powerplay. A prime agitator, Smith does not let his relatively small size impede him. He uses his energizing style to create opportunities for his team while taking them away from their opponents with solid hits. His scrappy style also leads him to fight sometimes and he does not shy away from it. In the 2005–06 NHL season Smith displayed some of his offensive ability by setting a career high in regular season and playoff goals. Smith is the guitarist and lead singer for the
    5.67
    3 votes
    171
    Raffi Torres

    Raffi Torres

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Raphael Torres (born October 8, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the New York Islanders fifth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has additionally played in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, and the Vancouver Canucks. Torres is known as a physical, forechecking forward with offensive capabilities. Torres received the third-longest suspension in the history of the NHL for his hit to the head of Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Torres was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion. He was a two-time OHL Second Team All-Star during his junior career. Beginning in 2001–02, he turned professional with the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He spent the better part of two seasons in the AHL before the Islanders traded him to the Oilers in 2003. He played five seasons in Edmonton, becoming a full-time NHL player with the club. He recorded career numbers as an Oiler in 2005–06, while also helping them to the Stanley Cup
    5.67
    3 votes
    172
    Blair Jones

    Blair Jones

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Blair Jones (born September 27, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, taken 102nd overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Jones played four years of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Red Deer Rebels and Moose Jaw Warriors between 2002 and 2006. In his final junior season, 2005–06, Jones finished sixth in WHL scoring with 85 points and helped the Warriors reach the league final. The Warriors lost the championship to the Vancouver Giants, but Jones was named to the East Division second all-star team. The Tampa Bay Lightning selected him with their fourth round selection, 102nd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He turned professional in 2006–07, spending the majority of the season with Tampa Bay's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. He was recalled to Tampa early in the season and made his NHL debut on November 20, 2006, against the Buffalo Sabres. Two nights later he scored his first point, an assist, against the Florida Panthers. He scored his first NHL goal on January 30, 2007, against goaltender Sean Burke of
    6.50
    2 votes
    173
    Dave Steckel

    Dave Steckel

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    David Steckel (born March 15, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Washington Capitals and the New Jersey Devils. Steckel was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Steckel played one full season with the US Junior National Team in the United States Hockey League before entering Ohio State University. He played four seasons with the Buckeyes hockey team, and then joined the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs for the 2004–05 season. Steckel, a free agent, then signed with the Washington Capitals August 25, 2005, on the recommendation of Bruce Boudreau. He made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals in the 2005–06 season, appearing in seven games. After appearing in five more games with the Capitals in 2006–07, he made the team's opening night roster in 2007–08. Steckel proved himself to be a valuable commodity to the Capitals. He often centered the third line and was called on as a key member of the penalty kill. Steckel also proved himself very effective at face-offs, and typically was placed on
    6.50
    2 votes
    174
    Fernando Pisani

    Fernando Pisani

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Fernando Antonio Pisani (born December 27, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently a free agent. After posting 103 points in 58 games with the St. Albert Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Pisani was drafted in the eighth round, 195th overall, by his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, Pisani played four years of collegiate hockey for Providence College. In 2000–01, the Oilers assigned him to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Pisani spent two seasons in Hamilton, before being called up in his third AHL season in 2002–03. He scored his first NHL goal on February 5, 2003, in a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He finished the season with the Oilers, playing in 35 games with 13 points. Pisani is generally considered a "late bloomer", because he did not see his first NHL action until the age of 27. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Pisani went overseas to Europe and played in the Swiss Nationalliga A and Italian Serie A. As NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Pisani scored a career-high 18 goals, 19 assists and 37 points. Although the Oilers entered the
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    Jason Spezza

    Jason Spezza

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jason Anthony Rocco Spezza (born June 13, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Spezza plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is an alternate captain for the Senators. After beginning his major junior career at the early age of 15 in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Spezza was selected second overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout, he won the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP with the Binghamton Senators. In 2005–06, Spezza set an Ottawa Senators franchise record with 71 assists, while hitting the 90-point mark for the first of two times in his NHL career. Internationally, Spezza has represented Team Canada at three World Junior Championships and two World Championships. When he made his World Junior debut in 2000, he became just the third 16-year-old in history to make the team, behind Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros. Spezza was born to Italian parents Rino and Donna Spezza in Mississauga, Ontario. He has twin siblings; a sister, Michelle, and a brother, Matthew, an ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the Flint Generals of
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    176
    Jiri Hudler

    Jiri Hudler

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jiří Hudler (/ˈjɪriː ˈhʌdlər/; Czech: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈɦudlɛr]; born January 4, 1984 in Olomouc, Moravia, Czech Republic) is a Czech professional ice hockey player with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He is currently playing with HC Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League. After beginning his career in the Czech Extraliga with Vsetín, Hudler was drafted by the Red Wings in 2002 and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2008. Hudler also played for Dynamo Moscow for one season before the team was merged to form UHC Dynamo. Hudler spent his youth in the elite Czech Extraliga with HC Vsetín, beginning in 1999–00. After recording a point-per-game season with the club in 2001–02, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings with their first pick (58th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He remained in the Extraliga the following season, including a brief stint with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague before moving to North America for the 2003–04 season. Although he competed in 12 games for the Red Wings that season, he played the majority of the campaign with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), Detroit's minor league affiliate, scoring 49
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    177
    Joel Ward

    Joel Ward

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Joel Randal Ward (born December 2, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild. Ward was born in Toronto to his mother Cecilia who worked as a nurse, and his father, the late Randal Ward, formerly an auto-mechanic. Both of his parents are immigrants from Barbados. Joel Ward also has two brothers, Shane and Julian. Undrafted, Ward played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Platers. After completing his four-year junior career and his final year of eligibility with the Platers in 2000–01, Ward linked up with lower tier professional team the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the West Coast Hockey League to end the season. An unsigned free agent to start the 2001–02 season, Ward attended the Detroit Red Wings training camp on a try-out but was recruited and played collegiately for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers of the CIS. Awarded Rookie of the year and the Panthers three time MVP while earning a degree in sociology in his four-year collegiate career, Ward was invited to the Minnesota Wild's training camp in 2006. In his first
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    178
    Ladislav Smid

    Ladislav Smid

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Ladislav "Laddy" Šmíd (born February 1, 1986) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Smid was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, ninth overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played junior hockey for HC Liberec Junior in the 2001–02 season, and split the following three seasons between HC Liberec Junior and the professional HC Bílí Tygři Liberec. He played for the Czech Republic in the 2004, 2005, and 2006 IIHF World U20 Championships, and the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships. After coming to North America, Smid spent the 2005–06 AHL season with the Portland Pirates, at the time the American Hockey League affiliate of the Mighty Ducks. On July 3, 2006, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Joffrey Lupul and several draft picks in exchange for disgruntled defenceman Chris Pronger. He qualified for the Oilers out of his first training camp with the team, and spent the entire 2006–07 NHL season with Edmonton; after the Oilers missed the playoffs, he joined the Czech team at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. The following year he was cut from the Oilers' training
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    179
    Marek Malik

    Marek Malik

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Marek Malík (born June 24, 1975) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for HC Vítkovice Steel of the Czech Extraliga. Malík played in the National Hockey League from 1998 to 2009. He is best known for a highlight reel shootout goal while with the New York Rangers. After playing with TJ Vitkovice Jr. in the Czech junior league, Malík was drafted 72nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He played one season for HC Vítkovice of the Czech Extraliga before joining the Whalers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in 1994–95. He played the better part of two seasons with the Falcons before earning a roster spot with the Whalers because of Adam Burelle. Marek scored his first career NHL goal on October 19, 1996 against Jeff Reese and the New Jersey Devils in a 6-2 Whalers victory. While the Whalers' franchise relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997–98 to become the Carolina Hurricanes, Malík played in the Swedish Elitserien with the Malmö Redhawks. He returned to the NHL the following season with the Hurricanes. In 2001–02, Malík recorded a career-high 23 points. The following season, his ninth
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    180
    Milan Hejduk

    Milan Hejduk

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Milan Hejduk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlan ˈɦɛjduk] ( listen); born February 14, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward and an alternate captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. The 6-foot tall, 190-pound Hejduk was drafted 87th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 4th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, after a year with HC Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga, after winning Czech Rookie of the Year with 11 goals in 32 games. He stayed with Pardubice until 1998, scoring 14, 13, 27, and 26 goals in his next 4 seasons before transferring to the NHL after the 1997–98 season. He won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goalscorer when he scored 50 goals for the Avalanche in the 2002–03 season, narrowly beating Markus Näslund of the Vancouver Canucks, who had been leading for most of the season. Hejduk scored a goal against the Calgary Flames in a 3–0 win for the Avalanche on March 12, 2006, tying him with Peter Forsberg in sixth place on the all-time Avalanche franchise goalscoring list with 216 goals. He won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Hejduk returned to HC Pardubice, racking up 25
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    181
    Cam Ward

    Cam Ward

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Cameron Kenneth Ward (born February 29, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta. During his three-year junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he was selected 25th overall by the Hurricanes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After a season with the Hurricanes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lowell Lock Monsters, he won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006. He became the first starting goaltender to win the NHL championship as a rookie since Patrick Roy in 1986. Ward spent his junior career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. After appearing in one game for the Rebels in 2000–01, Ward played three full seasons with the team from 2001–2004, leading them to the WHL finals twice. Ward was drafted 25th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Upon graduating from the WHL, Ward signed a multi-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on May 13, 2004. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he was assigned to Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate,
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    182
    Henrik Tallinder

    Henrik Tallinder

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Henrik Tallinder (born January 10, 1979) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Henrik Tallinder was drafted 48th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Tallinder suffered a broken left arm in game 3 of the Sabres Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes and missed the remainder of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. At the time of the injury, he was tied for the NHL playoff lead in plus/minus at +14. During the 10th game of the 2006–07 NHL season, Tallinder broke the same arm during a game against the New York Islanders. During a game against New Jersey on February 6, 2008, he became the first Sabres defenceman to score in a shootout, scoring against Martin Brodeur. On December 27, 2009, Tallinder was selected to the Sweden Men's Ice Hockey Olympic team for the February 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. On July 1, 2010, Tallinder signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. In 2005, Tallinder, and fellow Swedish hockey players Kristian Huselius and Andreas Lilja were investigated on suspicion of sexual exploitation. In March 2005, all
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    183
    Lindy Ruff

    Lindy Ruff

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Lindy Cameron Ruff (born February 17, 1960) is the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. Ruff played in the NHL for the Sabres and New York Rangers as a left winger/defenceman. Currently, he is the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL. Ruff was chosen in the second round, 32nd overall of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Ruff gained a reputation as a player for his toughness, character and hard work on the ice. An illustration of this came in a May 10, 1980 playoff game against the New York Islanders where opposing goaltender Billy Smith struck Ruff with his stick as he passed in front of his net. Ruff got up, skated back to the goaltender and tackled him. Ruff played most of his NHL career for the Sabres, serving as captain of the team for nearly three years, but he was traded to the Rangers at the 1989 NHL trade deadline in exchange for a draft pick. The Sabres would use that pick to select Richard Smehlik, who would later play for several years under Ruff. Ruff played in 691 NHL games, scoring 105 goals and adding 195 assists for an even total of 300 points. He also recorded 1,264 penalty minutes. In 52
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    184
    Michel Ouellet

    Michel Ouellet

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Michel Ouellet (born March 5, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. He is currently with the Boston Bruins organization. Ouellet was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round (124th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2000. He was named to the American Hockey League (AHL) All-Rookie Team with the Penguins' minor league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2004. He has also played in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks. Ouellet played for Rimouski Océanic in the QMJHL before being drafted 124th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his first few years out of junior in the minor leagues and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2004. He made his NHL début during the 2005–06 season, playing his first game on November 22, 2005 in a 5–4 victory against the Washington Capitals. Several games later, he scored his first NHL goal and assist in back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres on December 16 and 17. He
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    185
    Nicklas Bäckström

    Nicklas Bäckström

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Lars Nicklas Bäckström (born November 23, 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bäckström's father Anders is a known Swedish hockey player who played his whole hockey career for Brynäs IF, totaling 10 seasons for the club. Nicklas' mother Catrin Bäckström (born in Finland) used to play handball in the Swedish and Finnish Elite League in the late 70s and early 80s. Nicklas' older brother Kristoffer is a recently retired professional hockey player, but he only reached the second tier of the Swedish league system with Hammarby IF, and a shorter sejour in German league. The family has now started a business together in Finland. Bäckström was a top prospect in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Washington Capitals. With that, he became the fourth-highest drafted Swede, after Mats Sundin (first), Daniel Sedin (second) and Henrik Sedin (third). Victor Hedman was later picked second in 2009 and Gabriel Landeskog was picked second and Adam Larsson was picked fourth in 2011. On 10 July 2006, it was announced that he had turned down an offer from the Capitals and
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    186
    Shane Doan

    Shane Doan

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Shane Albert Doan (born October 10, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and captain of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. He has played 17 NHL seasons with the original Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise. He is the last remaining player left from the Jets/Coyotes team when they moved to Phoenix, and one of three players currently active in the NHL from the original Winnipeg Jets. Competing internationally for Team Canada, Doan has won two gold medals and two silvers at the World Championships as well as one World Cup championship in 2004. He was also a member of Canada's 2006 Winter Olympic team. Doan began his career in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers in 1992, and would go on to spend three season with the team. Doan would win the Memorial Cup with the Blazers in 1994 and 1995. He had his most successful season with the team during 1994-95 season where he would notch 94 points, helping the team win the Memorial Cup for a second straight year, and was also awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP. Doan was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, seventh overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was the Jets' final
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    187
    Sid Abel

    Sid Abel

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Sidney Gerald Abel (February 22, 1918 – February 8, 2000) was a Canadian professional hockey player and later coach in the National Hockey League. His playing career spanned from the 1938–39 season until the 1953–54 season, playing for both the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks and was a member of three winning Stanley Cups in 1943, 1950, and 1952 with the Detroit Red Wings. Abel's son Gerry also briefly played in the NHL, and his grandson Brent Johnson is a goaltender with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Born in Melville, Saskatchewan, "Old Bootnose", as he was known, was the third member of the Red Wings' celebrated "Production line" along with Hockey Hall of Fame teammates Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. Abel won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1949. Abel was traded from the Red Wings to the Black Hawks in 1952–53, and served as a player-coach for the next two seasons. He returned to the Red Wings in 1957–58 and served as Detroit's coach through the 1969–70 season. Though his #12 was honored by the Wings, Abel wore 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19 and 20 throughout his career. In the 1970s and 1980s, Abel worked as a color commentator on Red Wings radio and television broadcasts. Sid Abel was
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    188
    Jay Pandolfo

    Jay Pandolfo

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Jay Paul Pandolfo (born December 27, 1974) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently a member of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He spent most of his career with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. His younger brother Mike was also once a member of the Devils organization. Pandolfo grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts and played hockey for Burlington High School, where he graduated in 1992. Coincidentally, Burlington High School's mascot is a Red Devil. He was a member of the Burlington Hockey and Skating Association's Massachusetts state champion team in 1989 for the Bantam age group. This team went on to place fifth in the US National tournament in Chicago. Pandolfo was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 32nd overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft after his first season at Boston University. Pandolfo would play three more seasons as a star player at BU. He played 133 games there, scoring 78 goals and 89 assists for 167 points. In his last season he led Hockey East in goals with 38 and was named to the NCAA All-American Team, as well as being named the Hockey East Player of the Year. It took Pandolfo two more seasons to become a
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    189
    Philippe Sauve

    Philippe Sauve

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Philippe Sauvé (born February 27, 1980, in Buffalo, New York) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender who last played with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Sauvé played in the National Hockey League for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and the Boston Bruins. He is the son of former NHL goaltender Bob Sauvé. Sauvé was drafted in round 2, 38th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, where he would serve as the backup goaltender and play in 17 games for the Avalanche before being traded on August 8, 2005, to the Calgary Flames for a conditional 7th-round draft pick. In the 2005–06 season, after a 7–4 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche, he had a fight with former teammate David Aebischer on January 24, 2006. On February 1, 2006, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes with Steven Reinprecht for Brian Boucher and Mike Leclerc. After playing only 5 games with the Coyotes, Sauvé was then traded to the Boston Bruins for Tyler Redenbach on November 14, 2006. Sauvé played just 2 games with the Boston Bruins before being demoted to the American Hockey League (AHL). The following year for the 2007–08 season, he
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    190
    Andreas Lilja

    Andreas Lilja

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Andreas Lilja (born July 13, 1975) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lilja was drafted in the 2nd round, 54th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2002–03 NHL season, Lilja was traded to the Florida Panthers where he played for the remainder of the season. In the summer of 2004, he was signed by the Nashville Predators, but never played for them because of the NHL lockout, during which he played for Mora IK and the Malmö IF Redhawks of Elitserien, as well as HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss National League A. Once the lockout ended, he was signed to a one-year deal by the Detroit Red Wings. After playing in all 82 regular season games for the Red Wings in the 2005–06 NHL season, he was re-signed by the team to a two-year deal in the summer of 2006. Lilja was re-signed again to another two-year deal in the summer of 2008. Lilja won the 2008 Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings. He is also one of 9 native Swedes who played for the team at that time. On October 10, 2010, after being released from a tryout with the San Jose Sharks, Lilja signed a one-year
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    191
    Bill Guerin

    Bill Guerin

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    William Robert Guerin (born November 9, 1970) is an American retired professional ice hockey player and current player development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guerin played eighteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) winning two Stanley Cup championships with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins teams. Internationally, Guerin represented the United States in the Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and participated in two Ice Hockey World Championships. Guerin was the first player of Hispanic descent to play in the National Hockey League. Guerin was drafted in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft fifth overall by the Devils and played with the team from 1991 to 1998. Midway through the 1997-98 season, Guerin was traded (along with Valeri Zelepukin) to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir. After a 41-goal season in 2001–02, he left the Bruins as a free agent and signed a five-year contract with the Dallas Stars. Guerin performed below expectations during his tenure with the Stars. After a disappointing season in 2005–06 where he notched only 40 points, Dallas decided to buy out the remainder of his contract. The conditions of buyouts in the NHL
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    192
    Brian Rafalski

    Brian Rafalski

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Brian Christopher Rafalski (born September 28, 1973) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 15 professional ice hockey seasons for five teams: 11 in the National Hockey League for two teams (New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings), three in SM-liiga for two teams (Hämeenlinnan Pallokerho and Helsingin IFK) prior to entering the NHL, and one in Elitserien for Brynäs IF. After struggling to enter the NHL, spending four seasons in European leagues, Rafalski won the Stanley Cup three times, playing in five Stanley Cup finals in his NHL career (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009.) Rafalski also played for the United States men's ice hockey team in three Olympic ice hockey tournaments (2002, 2006, and 2010). Rafalski played for the Madison Capitals of the USHL and scored 23 points with 12 goals and 11 assists Rafalski played for four years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a proficient player, scoring 45 points in 43 games in his senior year. He won several awards that season; he was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, the NCAA West All-Star Team, and the WCHA Defenseman of the Year. With no immediate NHL prospects, Rafalski travelled overseas. He
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    193
    Mike Bales

    Mike Bales

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Michael Raymond Bales (born August 6, 1971) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. A goaltender, he has played for the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League. He attended the Ohio State University, lettering with the Buckeyes from 1990 to 1992, and was drafted by Boston in the fifth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played in the NHL for parts of four seasons, accumulating a record of 2–15–1 and a GAA of 4.13 in 23 games. He has played with the DEL's Straubing Tigers from 2004 until 2010. On January 29, 2011, he signed a contract with the Iserlohn Roosters, DEL, as stand-by-goalie. Bales' entire career as a Boston Bruin consists of 25 minutes played in one game against the New Jersey Devils on January 9, 1993, during which he gave up one goal. His busiest NHL season was 1995–96, when he appeared in 20 games for Ottawa. In recent years Bales has been active in the European ice hockey leagues, beginning with the Belfast Giants in the Ice Hockey Superleague in 2001. He then moved to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany for ERC Ingolstadt and then to the Elitserien in Sweden for Leksands IF. From 2004 to 2010 he played for the Straubing Tigers
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    194
    Mikko Koivu

    Mikko Koivu

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Mikko Sakari Koivu (born March 12, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey center and captain of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Koivu was the captain for the gold-winning Finnish national team at the 2011 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. After playing in the Finnish junior leagues, Koivu began playing for TPS of the SM-liiga as a seventeen-year-old in 2000–01, the same team for which older brother Saku also once played. He was selected 6th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild and continued to play with TPS Turku for three more seasons. Koivu moved to North America in the 2004–05 to play for Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, while that NHL season was canceled. The next season, he made his NHL debut with the Wild, scoring 21 points in his rookie season. In 2006–07, Koivu improved to a career-high 20 goals, 34 assists and 54 points. Injuries slowed him down in his third season; in a game against the Vancouver Canucks, defenseman Mattias Öhlund retaliated to an unpenalized elbow from Koivu and slashed him, breaking a bone in Koivu's leg. Ohlund was given a four game suspension and Koivu missed 24 games. Before the
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    195
    Patrik Elias

    Patrik Elias

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Patrik Eliáš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatrɪk ˈɛlɪjaːʃ] ( listen); born April 13, 1976 in Třebíč, Moravia, Czech Republic) is a Czech professional hockey center and alternate captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). A long-time Devil and currently the team's longest-tenured skater, Eliáš is the franchise's all-time leader in points and goals, while holding the franchise record for the most points in a season (96) and the most career game-winning goals (74). Eliáš was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 51st overall (2nd round) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. As part of the A Line with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott, he helped lead the team to the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup championship. He assisted on Arnott's Cup-clinching goal in double overtime in Game 6 at Dallas. The following year he scored a team record 96 points in the regular season, third best in the league. He also played a key role in helping New Jersey win the 2003 Stanley Cup. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played hockey in Russia. Three months into the 2005–06 season, he made his first appearance of the season on January 3, 2006, against the Florida Panthers, resuming his role as an alternate
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    196
    Tim Thomas

    Tim Thomas

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Timothy James Thomas, Jr. (born April 15, 1974) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently taking a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Raised in Davison, Michigan, Thomas played college hockey for the University of Vermont for four years, from 1993–1997, during which he was drafted 217th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for several years in the minor leagues and Europe, before making it to the NHL at age 28, with the Boston Bruins. He finally emerged as the Bruins' starting goaltender at age 32. Thomas is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy (2009 and 2011) as the league's best goaltender, and was a member of Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. He became the oldest player in league history to win the Conn Smythe at age 37. He is the second of three American-born players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in NHL history, after Brian Leetch and before Jonathan Quick. Thomas played four seasons (1993–97) of college hockey for the University of Vermont, posting an 81–43–15
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    197
    Vitaly Vishnevski

    Vitaly Vishnevski

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Vitaliy Viktorovych Vyshnevsky (Ukrainian: Віталій Вікторович Вишневський; born March 18, 1980) is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). After playing in the Russian Super League for Torpedo Yaroslavl, Vishnevsky was drafted 5th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He came to North America to start the 1999–2000 season playing for the Ducks affiliate the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League. He also made his NHL debut playing in 31 games for the Ducks. Vishnesvky established himself as a mainstay on the Duck defense, known for his punishing checks. In the 2002–03 season he helped to Ducks reach the Stanley Cup finals. Playing in all their playoff games in their eventual defeat to the New Jersey Devils. Vitaly scored a career high 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists) in the 2003–04 NHL season. Vishnevsky returned to Russia to play for Khimik Voskresensk during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. In the 2005–06 NHL season, Vishnevsky continued to play for the Ducks where they made their way to the conference finals before losing to the Edmonton Oilers.
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    198
    Jordan Staal

    Jordan Staal

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Jordan Staal (born September 10, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing and an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is regarded as one of the NHL's premier penalty-killers, both for his strong defensive skills, along with his scoring touch that makes him a threat for shorthanded goals. Staal has 3 brothers, all of whom play professional hockey. Jordan, Jared, Eric (his teammate and team captain), and Marc all play in the NHL/AHL. Staal grew up playing minor hockey for the Thunder Bay Kings AAA organization. After his minor midget year, Staal was selected in the 1st round (2nd overall) by the Peterborough Petes. He was the second Staal after older brother Eric was drafted second overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After a two-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career, in which he won a J. Ross Robertson Cup and appeared in the 2006 Memorial Cup with the Peterborough Petes, Staal was drafted second overall by the Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL after being drafted and set several NHL records in his rookie season, including youngest player to score on a
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    2 votes
    199
    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Marc-Andre Fleury

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Marc-André Fleury (born November 28, 1984) is a French Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Fleury played major junior for four seasons with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, earning both the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league's top prospect and the Telus Cup as the top defensive player in 2003. He joined the Penguins in 2003–04 and won a Stanley Cup championship with the team five years later in 2009. Internationally, Fleury has represented Canada twice as a junior, winning back-to-back silver medals at the World Junior Championships in 2003 and 2004. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Fleury is known by the nickname "Flower," derived from the English translation of his last name (fleuri is "in bloom", or "in Flower", in French). His goaltender masks always feature a fleur-de-lys on the backplate (in addition to the initials EFGT, honoring his four grandparents in memoriam), and have frequently featured some sort of flower on the front artwork,
    5.50
    2 votes
    200
    Nolan Yonkman

    Nolan Yonkman

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Nolan Yonkman (born April 1, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Yonkman played major junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets and Brandon Wheat Kings. He was drafted 37th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut in 2001–02. Yonkman played the majority of his stay with the Capitals organization with their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. On July 17, 2006, Yonkman signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators. He has since played with their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals for three seasons. On July 13, 2009, Nolan was re-signed by the Predators to a one-year contract. After four seasons with the Admirals Nolan then signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 3, 2010. Yonkman now plays for the San Antonio Rampage. On July 1, 2011 Yonkman signed a 2 year deal with the Florida Panthers organization.
    5.50
    2 votes
    201
    Ray Emery

    Ray Emery

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Ray Emery (born September 28, 1982), often nicknamed Razor or Sugar Ray, is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, currently with the Chicago Blackhawks. He formerly played for the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Atlant Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Emery led the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007. It was the first appearance of an Ottawa club in the finals since 1927. They lost to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. Emery was chosen 99th overall by the Senators in the 2001 NHL entry draft. During the 2006–07 season, Emery signed a three-year deal with the Senators worth $9.5 million. However, on June 20, 2008, the Ottawa Senators waived Emery, and then bought out his contract after a string of off-ice incidents caused the organization to sour on him. On July 9, 2008, it was announced that Emery had signed a one-year, $2M contract with Atlant Mytishchi of the Russian KHL. On June 10, 2009, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Emery had signed a one-year deal for a reported $1.5 million. In March 2010, GM Paul Holmgren announced that Emery would be out for remainder of the
    5.50
    2 votes
    202
    Rick Smith

    Rick Smith

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Richard Allan Smith (born June 29, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played from 1968 until 1981 in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the World Hockey Association (WHA). He was a member of the 1970 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup champions. Smith was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round (7th overall) in the 1966 NHL Amateur Draft. He played in Boston from 1968–69 to 1971–72. Boston traded him in 1972 to the California Golden Seals of the NHL. He played there until the end of the next season (1972–73) when he left the NHL for the World Hockey Association (WHA) and played for the Minnesota Fighting Saints. In 1975–76 Smith returned to the NHL to play for the St. Louis Blues. He would remain with the Blues until the 1976–77 NHL season when he returned to the Boston Bruins. In 1980 Rick Smith would leave Boston to play one more NHL season split between the Detroit Red Wings (11 games) and the Washington Capitals (40 games). He won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1970.
    4.67
    3 votes
    203
    Martin Brodeur

    Martin Brodeur

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Martin Pierre Brodeur (French pronunciation: [maʁtɛ̃ bʁɔdœʁ]; born May 6, 1972) is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the New Jersey Devils. In his 21-year tenure with the Devils, he has won three Stanley Cup championships and has been in the playoffs every year but two. Brodeur has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, as well as several other medals with Team Canada in other international competitions. Brodeur is the NHL's all-time leader in regular season wins (surpassing Patrick Roy in 2009), losses, shutouts, and games played, and holds numerous other league and franchise records. Brodeur has won at least 30 games in every season since 1995–96, with the exception of 2010–11 season and an injury-shortened 2008–09 season in which he played just 31 games, and is the only goalie in NHL history with eight 40-win seasons. He is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a five-time Jennings Trophy winner, a ten-time NHL All-Star, a Calder Memorial Trophy winner, and one of only two NHL goaltenders to score a goal in both the regular season and the playoffs. Brodeur uses a hybrid
    6.00
    1 votes
    204
    Martin St. Louis

    Martin St. Louis

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Martin St. Louis (French pronunciation: [maʁtɛ̃ sɛ̃ lwi]; born June 18, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). An undrafted player, he began his NHL career with the Calgary Flames in 1998 and has also played for HC Lausanne of the Swiss National League A. St. Louis has been a member of the Lightning since 2000 and was a member of their 2004 Stanley Cup championship team. St. Louis was a standout player in college for the Vermont Catamounts, earning East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) all-star honours for three consecutive seasons between 1995 and 1997. He was the ECAC player of the year in 1995. As a professional, St. Louis has been named to an NHL All-Star Team on four occasions and played in six All-Star Games. He was the recipient of the Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player as chosen by the players and league, respectively, in 2003–04, also capturing the Art Ross Trophy as with 94 points. St. Louis has twice won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the league's
    6.00
    1 votes
    205
    Michael Peca

    Michael Peca

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michael Anthony "Mike" Peca (born March 26, 1974) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League (NHL). He most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. He has also played for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Peca currently is the general manager for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, a Junior A hockey team owned by the Sabres, one of two teams he captained. Michael Peca's hometown is Toronto, Ontario, but moved to Ottawa to attend Canterbury High School. Peca and wife Kristin now live in Getzville, NY with their two children, son Trevor and daughter Emily. Peca began his junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) after they selected him in the first round of the 1990 player draft. He was traded to the Ottawa 67's where he blossomed into one of the leagues top offensive players. He was selected to represent Canada at the 1994 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He captained the Canadian team at the 2001 World Championships in Germany. His nickname was "Captain Crunch" because of his penchant for delivering bone-crushing open ice hits. Peca
    6.00
    1 votes
    206
    Rob Schremp

    Rob Schremp

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Robert Schremp (born July 1, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (25th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and has spent time with the New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers organizations more recently. Though Schremp grew up in Syracuse, New York, he decided a move to Canada would benefit his hockey career and he spent his major junior years in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Schremp spent his rookie season with the Mississauga IceDogs and after recording 26 goals and 74 points in 65 games he was named OHL rookie of the year for 2002-03. Just three games into the 2003-04 season Schremp was traded to the London Knights, the team with which he would spend the final three seasons of his OHL career. Schremp began to take centre stage during the 2004-05 season, tallying 41 goals and 90 points in 61 games as well as 13 goals and 29 points in 18 playoff games as he helped London win their first, and to date only, Memorial Cup. That season Schremp was also selected to play for the United States at the 2005 World Junior Championships, where he
    6.00
    1 votes
    207
    Björn Melin

    Björn Melin

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Winger
    Björn Melin (born July 4, 1981) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, who plays for AIK in of the Elitserien (SEL). Melin plays as left winger with jersey number 91. He is an energetic och quick power forward who works hard in every shift. Melin started his hockey career with HC Dalen and has played six of his first seven professional seasons with HV71 in the Swedish Elitserien. Melin was drafted in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders with their 6th round pick, in the 163rd overall selection. Melin chose not to renew his contract with his last club HV71 in Sweden after the season 2005-06. On May 31, 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. Melin started the season 2006-07 playing for the Portland Pirates in AHL. On January 7 Melin made his NHL debut and scored a goal for Anaheim Ducks against Detroit Red Wings. After just one season in the AHL and the NHL, Melin returned to his native Sweden for play in Elitserien. In April 2007, he signed a three-year contract with his former club HV71. Prior to the 2012–13 season, Melin signed a two-year contract with the Stockholm club AIK of the Elitserien (SEL) to return to Sweden. Melin has
    5.00
    2 votes
    208
    Calle Johansson

    Calle Johansson

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Carl Christian "Calle" Johansson (born 14 February 1967) is an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League between 1987 and 2004, most of it with the Capitals. He has worked as hockey colour commentator for Swedish Canal+ and worked as an assistant for six seasons for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien before returning to the Capitals organization. Johansson was drafted out of Sweden by the Buffalo Sabres, he was picked 14th overall by the Sabres in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. His first season, 1987–88, was a good one, as he compiled 38 assists and 42 points and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. However, the next season he was traded to the Washington Capitals along with a second round draft choice in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft for Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard, and a sixth round draft pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Johansson prospered in Washington, as he became one of Washington's best defenceman over the next 15 seasons. Although he was behind the shadow of higher profile defencemen in Washington, such as Scott Stevens, Rod Langway, Kevin Hatcher, Al Iafrate and Sergei
    5.00
    2 votes
    209
    Glen Wesley

    Glen Wesley

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Glen Edwin Wesley (born October 2, 1968) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played 13 seasons for the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. He began his career with the Boston Bruins, and briefly played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently the Hurricanes' director of development for defensemen. Wesley was drafted 3rd overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft from the Portland Winter Hawks, appearing in 202 regular season games over 3+ seasons, scoring 49 goals and 175 assists for 224 points. Wesley began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins, whom he played for from 1987 to 1994. He earned a berth on the 1988 All-Rookie team. He reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice with the Bruins, in 1988 and 1990, though the Bruins lost both series. Prior to the start of the 1994-95 season, Wesley was traded to the Hartford Whalers for their first-round draft picks in 1995, 1996, and 1997. With the picks, the Bruins drafted Kyle McLaren (1995), Johnathan Aitken (1996) and Sergei Samsonov (1997). Wesley moved with the Whalers to Carolina in 1997 and quickly became a leader. In 2002, he reached the Stanley Cup Finals for a third
    5.00
    2 votes
    210
    Dan Fritsche

    Dan Fritsche

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Dan Fritsche (born July 13, 1985 in Parma, Ohio) is a Swiss-American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss National League A. Fritsche began his junior hockey career with his hometown Cleveland Barons of the North American Hockey League. He then played for the Sarnia Sting and the London Knights, and won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship, playing for the United States. He won a Memorial Cup playing for the Knights in 2005. He also played youth hockey for the Parma Flyers and is one of three players to go into the NHL from there. The other two players are Brian Holzinger and Michael Rupp. Fritsche was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 46th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets. After playing for parts of four seasons with the Blue Jackets, Fritsche was traded along with Nikolai Zherdev to the New York Rangers on July 2, 2008 for defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Bäckman. To start the 2008–09 season, Fritsche was a frequent healthy scratch in his first season with the Rangers due to the general healthiness of the team after Fritsche did not have a spot in the opening night lineup. On
    4.50
    2 votes
    211
    Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson

    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Mark "Magic" Johnson (born September 22, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the ice hockey coach for the University of Wisconsin–Madison women's ice hockey team. He is a former NHL player who appeared in 669 NHL regular season games between 1980 and 1990. He also played for the Gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team. As a teenager, Johnson attended James Madison Memorial High School, where he was on the hockey team. He then played for the University of Wisconsin–Madison ice hockey team for three years under his father, legendary coach Bob Johnson. In 1977, during his first year at the university, he helped the Badgers win the NCAA national championship. He was the first Badger to win the WCHA Rookie of the year. He went on to become the school's second all-time scorer. Johnson was also a two time All-American. His brother, Peter, also played at the university. Johnson made his international debut with the United States national team as an 18-year-old in 1976, when he played in 11 training games for the 1976 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team coached by his father. He represented the United States in 13 international tournaments (including the 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986,
    4.50
    2 votes
    212
    Brendan Morrison

    Brendan Morrison

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Brendan Morrison (born August 15, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and is currently a free agent. Morrison played most recently for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames. Morrison was selected 39th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Devils after a season in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCJHL); he had won rookie of the year honours for the Interior Conference as a member of the Penticton Panthers. Following his draft, he joined the college hockey ranks with the Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). During his four-year college career, he was named the NCAA Tournament MVP while leading the Wolverines to a national championship in 1996 and won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's player of the year in 1997. Turning professional in 1997–98, Morrison was named to the American Hockey League (AHL) All-Rookie Team as a member of the Albany River Rats. He played his rookie season in the NHL the following season with the New Jersey Devils before
    5.00
    1 votes
    213
    Bryan Smolinski

    Bryan Smolinski

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Bryan Anthony Smolinski (born December 27, 1971) is an American professional ice hockey center. The Boston Bruins drafted him 21st overall in 1990. He has played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens. He has also previously played with the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League (IHL). Smolinski grew up in Genoa, Ohio and played college hockey for the Michigan State Spartans. After his freshman year, he was drafted 21st overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Smolinksi completed a four-year tenure with the Spartans before joining the Boston Bruins for the end of the 1992–93 season. Playing in his rookie campaign in 1993–94 Smolinski tallied 31 goals and 51 points. After a 31-point season in the shortened 1994–95 campaign, Smolinski was traded in the summer of 1995 alongside Glen Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Kevin Stevens and Shawn McEachern. Playing in his only season with the Penguins in 1995–96, he scored a career-high 40 assists and 64 points. However, Smolinski and the Penguins could not agree
    5.00
    1 votes
    214
    Carlo Colaiacovo

    Carlo Colaiacovo

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Carlo Colaiacovo ( /ˌkoʊleɪ.əˈkoʊvoʊ/; born January 27, 1983) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Colaiacovo also has an identical twin brother, Paulo Colaiacovo, who is a professional ice hockey goaltender. Colaiacovo was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Colaiacovo has been bothered by injuries that have hindered him from becoming an NHL regular, but many still consider him to be a good prospect. He scored his first career NHL goal on November 8, 2005, against the Washington Capitals. On January 23, 2006, Colaiacovo missed a hipcheck on Václav Varaďa in a game against the Ottawa Senators, smashing head-first into the boards. He was taken off the ice in a stretcher. The injury was a major concussion, and he missed the end of the 2005–06 NHL season. Colaiacovo recovered fully from his concussion, but later injured his hand in his first game back into the Toronto Marlies lineup. On December 4, the Maple Leafs recalled Colaiacovo from the Marlies and on December 16, he scored his first goal of the season against the New York Rangers. Colaiacovo underwent arthroscopic
    5.00
    1 votes
    215
    Jordin Tootoo

    Jordin Tootoo

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Jordin John Kudluk Tootoo (Inuktitut: ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᑐᑐ; born February 2, 1983) is a Canadian professional hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in an NHL game. Tootoo played Bantam AA hockey in Spruce Grove, Alberta. The Brandon Wheat Kings selected him in the 3rd round of the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft. Tootoo played for the Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1999 to 2003 and was selected 98th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the sixth choice of the Nashville Predators. He became the first player of Inuit descent to play in a regular season NHL game when he suited up against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Opening Night October 9, 2003. He was also the first person of Inuit descent to be drafted by an NHL team. Tootoo wears the number '22' as a play on words of his name. Tootoo got his first NHL point with an assist on a Dan Hamhuis goal against the St. Louis Blues on October 16, 2003 and scored his first NHL goal against the Atlanta Thrashers on October 23. Tootoo has also earned two "Gordie Howe hat tricks"—on
    5.00
    1 votes
    216
    Keith Ballard

    Keith Ballard

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Keith Ballard (born November 26, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently a member of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played college hockey for the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for three seasons. After his freshman year, he was selected 11th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Before he made his NHL debut, he was traded twice – initially to the Colorado Avalanche, then to the Phoenix Coyotes. He played his professional rookie season in 2004–05 with the Coyotes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies, then debuted with Phoenix the following season. After three years, he was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he spent two seasons before being dealt to Vancouver at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Internationally, Ballard has represented the United States in four World Championships, winning bronze in 2004. He has also played in two junior tournaments – the 2000 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2002 World Junior Championships. Ballard played two seasons at the junior level in the United States Hockey League (USHL), initially with the
    5.00
    1 votes
    217
    Marco Sturm

    Marco Sturm

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Marco Johann Sturm (born September 8, 1978) is a German professional ice hockey winger who is currently a free agent in the National Hockey League (NHL). Sturm began his career with EV Landshut of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, playing with the team from 1995 to 1997. Selected 21st overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks, he played his rookie season with the team in 1997–98. After eight-and-a-half seasons with the Sharks, he was traded to the Boston Bruins as part of a package deal for Joe Thornton in November 2005. Sturm remained with Boston until 2010–11, when he split the campaign with the Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals. He signed with the Canucks as an unrestricted free agent in July 2011, but was quickly traded to the Panthers less than a month into the subsequent season. A one-time NHL All-Star (1999), Sturm has established himself as a consistent 20-goal scorer in the league, achieving the mark seven of eight times between 2001–02 and 2009–10. Internationally, Sturm has competed for Germany in four IIHF World Championships, two Winter Olympics and one World Cup. After playing in EV Landshut's junior program in Germany, he joined the club's premier
    5.00
    1 votes
    218
    Stephen Weiss

    Stephen Weiss

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Stephen Weiss (born April 3, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Weiss plays the centre position and is an alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Weiss played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and recorded statistics that impressed scouts and made him one of the highest selections in the North American Central Scouting Report. In his rookie season, Weiss recorded 66 points and followed it up with a spot on the OHL First All-Rookie Team. Weiss continued to post eye popping numbers in his sophomore season by recording 87 points and earning a top five position among North American skaters. As a result of his junior accolades, Weiss was drafted 4th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Weiss returned to the Whalers in 2001–02 and although his point totals decreased from the previous year, he posted a respectable 70 points. Weiss went on to make his NHL debut during the final weeks of the 2001–02 NHL season, recording a goal and an assist during his seven game stint. On April 16, 2002, Weiss signed a three year entry level contract with the Panthers. In his first full
    5.00
    1 votes
    219
    Kamil Kreps

    Kamil Kreps

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Kamil Kreps (born November 18, 1984) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing in Barys Astana of the KHL. Kreps played his junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) playing for the Brampton Battalion for three seasons. He scored 19 goals in each of his three seasons and had a high of 61 points in 2002–03. He played his first NHL game January 7, 2007 against the Vancouver Canucks, registering two shots on net. Kreps scored his first NHL goal on April 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. During his time in the NHL, he was a part of the league's All-Name Team twice. In the 2010 European Trophy tournament, Kreps won the scoring league in the regulation round, totalling 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 8 games. On 12 February 2012, he scored his first international goal for Czech Republic during their 4-0 win over Russia.
    4.00
    2 votes
    220
    Alexandre Picard

    Alexandre Picard

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    Alexandre Picard (born October 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger. He has currently agreed to playing with Genève-Servette HC of the National League A for the 2012-13 season. Picard was drafted in the first round, 8th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four full seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Picard joined the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, for the 2005–06 season. He made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut with the Blue Jackets the same season. On March 3, 2010, Picard was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Phoenix Coyotes for Chad Kolarik. On July 7, 2011, Picard signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Picard has recently agreed to playing with Genève-Servette HC of the National League A for the 2012-13 season.
    4.00
    1 votes
    221
    David Moss

    David Moss

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    David Moss (born December 28, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a seventh round selection of the Flames, taken 220th overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Moss has appeared in three outdoor games during his career: The 2001 Cold War while he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines, while a member of the United States National Team at the 2010 World Championship and at the 2011 Heritage Classic as a member of the Flames. Moss has been honored by his teams for his sportsmanship and dedication to the community on several occasions. Moss played a season of junior hockey with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League in 2000–01, scoring 20 goals and 38 points in 51 games. The Flames selected him in the seventh round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 220th overall. He committed first to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines. In his freshman season of 2001–02, Moss played in the Cold War outdoor game before a then-world record crowd of 74,544. Following his 13-point freshman campaign, Moss scored 32 points in 2002–03 and was named the team's recipient of the
    4.00
    1 votes
    222
    Jassen Cullimore

    Jassen Cullimore

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Jassen A. Cullimore (born December 4, 1972) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Iserlohn Roosters in the DEL in Germany. Cullimore grew up in Port Dover, Ontario playing the majority of his minor hockey with the Clippers of the OMHA. He played Jr.C. hockey at age 14 for the Caledonia Corvairs and then played as a 15-year-old with the Simcoe Storm Jr.C. club in 1987-88. After being drafted in the 3rd round of the 1988 OHL draft by the Peterborough Petes, Cullimore spent the majority of the 1988-89 season with the Peterborough Road Runners of the Metro Jr.B. Hockey League (OHA). Cullimore was drafted with the 29th pick of the 2nd round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. In 1996, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Donald Brashear. He was later claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, where he played until 2004 when he signed a free agent deal with the Chicago Blackhawks after winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa. He remained in Chicago until June 2007 where he was traded back to Montreal in exchange for Sergei Samsonov and Tony Salmelainen. He was released by Montreal soon after. After failing to
    4.00
    1 votes
    223
    Joni Pitkänen

    Joni Pitkänen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Joni Pitkänen (born September 19, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pitkänen started his pro hockey career in the Kärpät organization in the Finnish SM-liiga, and after three seasons there he crossed the Atlantic to play for the Philadelphia Flyers, who drafted him in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with their first round draft pick (fourth overall). After a good opening season that saw Pitkänen cement his place on the team lineup, he played for the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2004–05 NHL lockout when the team won the Calder Cup. When the NHL resumed in 2005, Pitkänen returned to the Flyers and became the team's top-scoring defenseman, recording 46 points in 58 games. However, he was hampered by injuries during the second half of the season. When Joni Pitkänen came to the United States to play for the Philadelphia Flyers, he hardly spoke a word of English, so teammate and fellow Finn Sami Kapanen translated for him, and eventually taught him English. On July 14, 2006, Pitkänen signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Philadelphia. A key member of the Flyers' powerplay unit,
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    Jussi Jokinen

    Jussi Jokinen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Jussi Jokinen (born April 1, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jokinen is of no relation to Olli Jokinen of the Winnipeg Jets, but has a younger brother, Juho, who currently plays for Kärpät in the Finnish SM-liiga. Jokinen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 6th round, 192nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Jokinen spent his four seasons before his NHL debut playing for Kärpät of the SM-liiga, the top Finnish league. In his rookie year in the 2005–06 NHL season, Jokinen gained a great reputation in the NHL as one of the best shootout specialists in the league. Until being stopped by Vesa Toskala he was a remarkable nine-for-nine in shootouts before his first unsuccessful attempt. He can be seen pulling some unique dekes, such as the one handed slide in goal (as made famous by Peter Forsberg) - also known as "The Paralyzer" - in shootouts. On November 16, 2007, Jokinen scored four goals against the Colorado Avalanche in a 6-1 win. During trade deadline day on February 26, 2008, Jussi Jokinen was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, and a 2009
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    Martin Havlat

    Martin Havlat

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Martin Havlát (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarcɪn ˈɦavlaːt]; born April 19, 1981) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Havlát was drafted out of the Czech Extraliga in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (26th overall) by the Ottawa Senators. He remained in the Czech Republic for one more season following his draft before joining the Senators for his rookie NHL season in 2000–01. Havlát recorded 19 goals and 42 points in his first year and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy for top rookie. Playing for the Senators, he earned the nickname "Mach 9" for his speed and the jersey number he wore. In his third year with the club, he notched his second consecutive 20-goal campaign with 24 goals and 59 points before helping the Senators on a 2003 playoff run to the Conference Finals. He was criticized in the second round by Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock for his stickwork against the Flyers during the series. The Senators went on to eliminate Philadelphia in six games, but could not get past the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the New Jersey Devils in the third round. Havlát finished the
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    Mike Ribeiro

    Mike Ribeiro

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Michael Tavares Ribeiro (born February 10, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ribeiro is of Portuguese ancestry. Ribeiro, who is a centre, was drafted 45th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. On September 30, 2006, the Canadiens traded Ribeiro and a 6th round draft pick in 2008 to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round draft pick in 2007. In the 2006–07 season, he led the Dallas Stars in points scoring with 59 points. On July 12, the Stars signed Ribeiro to a one-year $2.8 million contract for the 2007–08 season. On January 7, 2008, Ribeiro and the Stars agreed to a new five-year, $25 million contract extension. Ribeiro went on to establish career highs in goals (27), assists (56) and points (83) that season and earned his first NHL All-Star game appearance. Although often critiqued for his lack of toughness, the 2008–09 season also saw Ribeiro breakout in the shootout, particularly with highlight reel performances in games against the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche. On June 22, 2012, during the 2012
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    Ron Hainsey

    Ron Hainsey

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Ronald Hainsey (born March 24, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 1st round, 13th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, from collegiate team the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has played with AHL teams, Quebec Citadelles and the Hamilton Bulldogs. After spending 3 seasons in the Canadiens organization was claimed off of waivers on November 29, 2005, by the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he established himself into a leading two-way defenseman. On July 2, 2008, the Atlanta Thrashers signed Ron Hainsey to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. He scored 6 goals to go along with 33 assists in his first season in Atlanta. He would go on to record 45 points in the next two seasons with the Thrashers. Upon their move to Winnipeg to start the 2011-12 NHL Season, Hainsey recorded 10 assists in 56 games for the Jets in 2011-12. He is best friends with New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, both of whom were drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He hails from a very small town in Connecticut, Bolton, and his parents still live there. He and his
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    Travis Moen

    Travis Moen

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Travis Moen (born April 6, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Although he was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, he grew up in Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan. He was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, however, he never played for the club. Travis Moen played for the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for five years, from 1998 to 2003. Moen played in 181 games for the Rockets, scoring a total of 27 goals, 31 assists and 58 points with 399 penalty minutes. Moen was drafted in the fifth round, 155th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, but was never signed to a contract by the Flames and remained in the WHL. As a free agent, Moen was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks on October 21, 2002. The Blackhawks assigned him to play for their minor-league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals for the 2002–03 season. Moen managed to make the Blackhawks in 2003–04 and played all 82 games that season. The year after, he played for the Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Before
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    Andrew Alberts

    Andrew Alberts

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Andrew James Alberts (born June 30, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has additionally played in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. A stay-at-home defenseman, he is known for playing a physical style of game. After a two-year junior career in the United States Hockey League (USHL), he was selected by the Bruins 179th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Following the draft, he joined the college ranks with the Boston College Eagles of the Hockey East conference. In four seasons with the Eagles, Alberts was named Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman and was a two-time NCAA All-American. Joining the Bruins in 2005, he played three seasons with the club before being traded to the Flyers. He played with the Flyers for one year, then with the Hurricanes in 2009. At the trade deadline the following year, he was dealt to the Canucks. Internationally, Alberts has competed for the American national team at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships. Alberts played high school hockey for Benilde-St. Margaret's from 1997 to 1999. In his graduating year, he
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    Bob Charles Beers

    Bob Charles Beers

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Robert Charles Beers, (born May 20, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but raised near Buffalo, New York) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman. He currently serves as a radio commentator on Boston Bruins broadcasts on the WBZ Bruins radio network and is an occasional contributor to NESN Bruins and College Hockey broadcasts. Beers was drafted in the 10th round, 210th overall, by the Boston Bruins in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played hockey with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, North Arizona University and the University of Maine before reaching the NHL level. His career was split between the NHL, AHL and IHL. Beers served the United States in 1993, 1994 and 1997 at the World Championships. After retiring from the NHL, the Bruins organization brought him back to play on their minor league affiliate the Providence Bruins. He played mainly in home games through parts of the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 season, and was on the ice when Providence captured the 1999 Calder Cup.
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    Brian Finley

    Brian Finley

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Brian Finley (born July 13, 1981 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey goalie. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the first round, sixth overall of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Finley played most of his junior hockey as a member of the Barrie Colts of the OHL, before being traded in his final year to the Brampton Battalion. While with the Barrie Colts he led the team to the Finals of the Memorial Cup in 2000 where they lost to the Rimouski Océanic 6–3. Finley played as primarily the backup goalie for the Canadian Junior Hockey Team at the World Junior Hockey Tournament in 1999 and 2000. Finley spent the majority of his career playing in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals as a solid goalie. He won the Calder Cup with the Admirals in 2004. He played two career games for the Nashville Predators in the NHL, allowing 10 goals in 107 minutes. When the Predators chose not to qualify him after the 2005–06 season Finley signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins on July 17, 2006. During the 2006–07 season he played ten games for the Providence Bruins and two games for the Boston Bruins. This would be his last professional season, as after the 2006–07
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    Clint Benedict

    Clint Benedict

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Clinton Stevenson "Praying Benny" Benedict (September 26, 1892 – November 12, 1976) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Maroons. He played on four Stanley Cup-winning squads. He was the first goaltender in the National Hockey League (NHL) to wear a face mask. He led league goaltenders in shutouts seven times over his professional career. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Benedict was one of the first great goalies in professional hockey and a great innovator in the sport. He was the first goalie to drop to his knees to stop the puck along the ice; at the time, dropping to the ice was illegal. This earned him the nickname "Praying Benny." The first rule change the NHL made legalized his playing style. Benedict played senior-level hockey at 17, playing for the Ottawa Stewartons of the Ottawa City league in 1909–10, moving to the Ottawa New Edinburghs of the Inter-provincial Amateur Hockey Union the following season. Benedict joined the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association (NHA) in the 1912–13 season. Although the Senators had at the time future Hall of Famer Percy LeSueur as their starting
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    Colby Armstrong

    Colby Armstrong

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Right wing
    Colby Joseph Armstrong (born November 23, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. His younger brother, Riley Armstrong, also played in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks. Armstrong grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the city's northeastern neighborhood of Erindale, where he continues to live in the off-season. He played youth hockey with the Saskatoon Red Wings and the Saskatoon Blazers. Additionally, as a child he was a figure-skater. He, along with Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll, Philadelphia Flyers brothers Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn, attended St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon. Armstrong was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the 21st pick overall. In the 2005–06 season, he made his NHL debut, and had a superb rookie campaign, in which he played 47 games tallying 40 points (16G, 24A) and was a team-high plus-15. Armstrong had three overtime goals for the Penguins in the 2006–07 season, beating Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers, Ed Belfour of the Florida Panthers, and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The Pittsburgh Penguins and
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    Curtis Joseph

    Curtis Joseph

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Curtis Shayne "CuJo" Joseph (born Curtis Munro on April 29, 1967) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He last played for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Joseph is immediately recognizable on the ice for his masks featuring a snarling dog, drawing inspiration from the Stephen King novel Cujo, which also happens to be his nickname, derived from the first two letters of his first and last names. Throughout his NHL career, Joseph has played for a number of franchises, rising to prominence during playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers, and later with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also a member of Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He has also played for the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames. Joseph has the most career wins (454) of any goaltender in NHL history who never played on a Stanley Cup-winning team. Joseph was born to unmarried teenage parents. Five days after his birth, his mother, Wendy Munro, placed him for adoption with Jeanne Joseph, a nurse who had befriended her during her hospital stay, and her husband Harold Joseph. Jeanne and her husband decided to name the
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    Erik Johnson

    Erik Johnson

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Erik Robert Johnson (born March 21, 1988) is an American ice hockey defenseman playing for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was formerly with the St. Louis Blues. Johnson, the number one overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, was drafted by the Blues from the U.S. under-18 national team and played one season at the University of Minnesota before transferring to the NHL. Johnson played hockey for the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, before transferring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play for the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Johnson is one of the few Americans to have been chosen first in the NHL Entry Draft. The previous American to be chosen first overall was goaltender Rick DiPietro in the 2000 by the New York Islanders. Mike Modano and Brian Lawton were also top American draft picks in the 1988 and the 1983 drafts respectively, having both been selected first overall by the Minnesota North Stars. American Patrick Kane followed Johnson in 2007 going first overall. He played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers during the 2006–07 season. Johnson was signed by the St. Louis Blues to a three-year entry level contract
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    Glen Metropolit

    Glen Metropolit

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Glen Metropolit (born June 25, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for EV Zug in the Swiss National League A. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Metropolit was never drafted by an OHL or NHL team, yet managed a 10-year NHL career and 407 games played. After a GTHL career mostly in AA hockey, Metropolit played two seasons for the Richmond Hill riots Jr.B. hockey club (OHA) before heading west to play for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. After graduating Tier II Jr.A. hockey, Metropolit started out playing for the Nashville Knights in the ECHL in the 1995–96 season. He also played for the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Grand Rapids Griffins before making his NHL debut in 1999–2000 for the Washington Capitals. For the next three seasons, he alternated between the Capitals and the AHL's Portland Pirates, and also played two games for Tampa Bay in 2001–02. In 2003 Metropolit crossed the Atlantic to play in Helsinki with Jokerit for the 2003–04 season. In a brilliant first season, he scored the most points on the team, 50, with 15 goals and 35 assists, the fifth-highest total during the regular season. He scored six goals during seven playoff games that year, but
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    Henrik Lundqvist

    Henrik Lundqvist

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈlɵndkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in each of his first three seasons, and is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons. His dominating play during his rookie season resulted in the New York media and Rangers fans giving him the nickname "King Henrik". During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, he led the Swedish men's team to their second Olympic gold medal. Before joining the Rangers, Lundqvist played for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien. During his years in Sweden, he developed into the league's finest goaltender, winning the Honken Trophy three consecutive seasons; 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2005 he also won two of the most prestigious awards in Swedish ice hockey, the Golden Puck and the Golden Helmet. Lundqvist is considered a butterfly style goalie, though unorthodox because of the aggressive way he performs the butterfly. He is best known for his sensational quickness, athleticism and strong positional
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    Ilya Bryzgalov

    Ilya Bryzgalov

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Ilya Nikolayevich Bryzgalov (//(Russian: Илья́ Никола́евич Брызга́лов; born June 22, 1980) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In 2006–07 NHL season, Bryzgalov won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Internationally, he has earned a Bronze Medal with Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a Silver Medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Ilya also competed in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and is a 3-time Olympian. He helped Team Russia as starting goaltender win back to back Gold Medals at the 2009 World Ice Hockey Championships, making them ranked number one in the world. He was also runner-up for the Vezina Trophy and a top 5 finalist for the Hart Trophy in the 2009–10 NHL season. Bryzgalov started his professional career in his native Russia, splitting the 1999–2000 season between Spartak Moscow of the Russian Supreme League (RSL-2) and Lada Togliatti of the Russian Superleague (RSL). Bryzgalov played two seasons with Lada Togliatti, before joining the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who had
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    Jean-Sébastien Giguère

    Jean-Sébastien Giguère

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Jean-Sébastien Giguère (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ sebastjɛ̃ ʒiɡɛʁ]; born May 16, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played major junior with the Verdun Collège Français and Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he was drafted thirteenth overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played in the Calgary Flames organization for three seasons before joining the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2000. Giguère won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 before winning the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. Giguère and Chris Pronger were the only former Hartford Whalers still active in the NHL as of the end of the 2011-12 season. Giguère was drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) by the Hartford Whalers thirteenth overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, with a pick acquired from the Rangers in exchange for Pat Verbeek. After a four-year major junior career that included QMJHL Second Team All-Star honours in 1997, he made his NHL debut with the Whalers, playing in eight games at the end of the 1996–97 season. The following
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    Jody Shelley

    Jody Shelley

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Jody Shelley (born February 7, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known as an enforcer and has the most regular season major penalties for fighting since he joined the league; as of April 4, 2012, he has 173. Born in Thompson, Manitoba, Shelley moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia when he was 12 for his father to work at a tin mine. He attended Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, graduating in 1994. He was involved in a number of competitive sports in his high school years, including hockey, swimming, and soccer, as well as a brief stint on the high school volleyball team. Shelley began playing hockey when he was young in the Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association until his midget year. He moved away from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia when he was 18 to play for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Shelley then played 19 games for Dalhousie University before being signed by the Saint John Flames in the AHL to make his pro debut. Jody Shelley was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames on September 1, 1998, but never played for them. He played
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    Johan Hedberg

    Johan Hedberg

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Johan "Moose" Hedberg (born May 5, 1973) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hedberg was drafted in the ninth round, 218th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. However the Flyers never invited him from Sweden to a training camp. He was told by the Flyers that he needed to make the Swedish national team, before getting an invite to training camp. Hedberg did make the Swedish team, however he never received the invite promised to him. He then left Sweden, in 1997, to find work in the North American minor leagues, hoping that a team would notice his abilities. Prior to playing in North America, Hedberg spent five seasons with Leksands IF from 1992-97, notching a 2.79 goals-against average in 116 games. He ended up with the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the East Coast Hockey League. The Flyers traded Hedberg's rights to the San Jose Sharks in 1998. He then played for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League, before playing with the American Hockey League's Kentucky Thoroughblades and Manitoba Moose. At the time, the Sharks were already loaded with terrific
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    Jordan Leopold

    Jordan Leopold

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Jordan Douglas Leopold (born August 3, 1980, in Golden Valley, Minnesota) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. Prior to joining the NHL, Leopold played US college hockey with the University of Minnesota from 1998 until 2002 where he helped the Gophers win an NCAA national championship despite pressure to leave early to the NHL. After his first year with Minnesota, scoring 23 points, Leopold was drafted in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft 44th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as a prospective offensive defenseman. After completing his sophomore season with the Gophers, Leopold became the property of the Calgary Flames, traded by the Ducks for Andrei Nazarov and a second-round draft pick. In 2001-02, his final season with Minnesota, he won the Hobey Baker Award for being the season's outstanding player in college hockey. He also played for the USA in the World Championships that year. Leopold started his professional career in the NHL in the 2002–03 NHL season. He played 58 games for the Calgary Flames and scored 4 goals and 14 points. In his second season, Leopold would look like a seasoned veteran,
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    Kevin Weekes

    Kevin Weekes

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Kevin Weekes (born April 4, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is now a color commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, and a studio analyst for NHL on the Fly. Weekes' career began with the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League. He also had a brief stint with the Ottawa 67's. Chosen 41st overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the team for the 1997–98 season, going 0–5–1 in 11 appearances for the Panthers. The following summer he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for Pavel Bure and compiled a 6–15–5 record in 31 appearances over a season and a half before being traded to the New York Islanders halfway through the 1999–2000 season. At the conclusion of that season he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he played until late in the 2001–02 season when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in a tandem with Arturs Irbe, helping lead the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals while recording two shutouts in the playoffs, establishing a Hurricanes team record. He signed with the New York Rangers
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    Matt Bradley

    Matt Bradley

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Forward
    Matthew William Bradley (born June 13, 1978) is a Canadian professional hockey right winger who plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals. Bradley grew up in the rural Ottawa suburb of Stittsville, Ontario and played most of his minor hockey for the local Stittsville Rams "C" teams as well as AA for the Ottawa Valley Titans of the ODHA. After a solid Bantam season in 1993-94 with the Titans, Bradley was drafted and signed with the Cumberland Grads of the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL). He spent the 1994-95 season with the Grads before being selected in the 2nd round (31st overall) of the 1995 OHL Priority Selection by the Kingston Frontenacs. Bradley was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, in the fourth round, 102nd overall. Prior to signing with the Capitals, he also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks. Though he is not an offensive powerhouse, Bradley has effectively carved out a niche for himself as a tough, checking line winger. In the 2007–08 season, Bradley doubled his fight total from the previous year, had a career-high
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    Matthew Lombardi

    Matthew Lombardi

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Center
    Matthew Lombardi (born March 18, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthew Lombardi was born and raised in Hudson, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. He played hockey for the LaPresqu'ile minor hockey association before playing junior hockey for the Victoriaville Tigres in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four years before. Lombardi was selected in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft 215th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Lombardi failed to sign with the Oilers, re-entering the draft where he was picked 90th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. His style of play is one of speed and agility, often leading the rush with his great speed and finesse. Lombardi played in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, during which he suffered a vicious elbow to the head from Red Wings defenceman Derian Hatcher and was unable to play for several months. The Flames eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. During the locked-out 2004–05 season, he played for the Flames affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters in the American Hockey League (AHL), after he recovered fully from the elbow, returning to the NHL
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    Mattias Öhlund

    Mattias Öhlund

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Defenseman
    Mattias Öhlund (born September 9, 1976) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to joining the Lightning, he played eleven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. Öhlund played two seasons in the Swedish Allsvenskan, the second highest tier of hockey in Sweden, with Piteå HC before being selected by the Canucks thirteenth overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft; he then joined Luleå HF of the Elitserien, the highest league in Sweden, winning the Le Mat Trophy as league champions in 1996. He began his NHL career with Vancouver in 1997–98, the start of an eleven-year tenure with the club. A serious eye injury before his third NHL season was the first of many injuries Öhlund has sustained over his career, and he has only played a full season twice in eleven years. A four-time winner of the Babe Pratt Trophy as the team's best defenceman, Öhlund is the Canucks' all-time leading goal and point-scorer among defencemen. Internationally, Öhlund has represented Sweden in numerous tournaments, beginning with three World Junior Championships that included Best Defenceman honours as part of a silver
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    Mattias Weinhandl

    Mattias Weinhandl

    • Shoots: Right-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Winger
    Mattias Weinhandl (born June 1, 1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for Linköpings HC of the Swedish Elitserien. Weinhandl was drafted 78th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 182 career NHL games for the Islanders and the Minnesota Wild, scoring 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points. He overcame a serious eye injury in 1999 to make the Islanders squad two seasons later. On November 13, 1999, the 19-year-old Weinhandl was playing for Team Sweden in a game against the Czech Republic in the U-20 Four Nations Tournament. Approximately 51 minutes into the game, Weinhandl was struck in the left eye by Czech player Michal Trávníček's stick. The incident came mere seconds after Weinhandl hooked Trávníček in the hip area to prevent him from getting past him. Trávníček fell down and upon rising, assaulted Weinhandl with his stick, aiming it in a way that it would reach under Weinhandl's half visor and strike the Swede in the face. Weinhandl's forehead was fractured and his vision in the eye was reduced to 10%. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) judged the incident to be an attack and banned Trávníček
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    Patrick Lalime

    Patrick Lalime

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Patrick Lalime (born July 7, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey broadcaster and former player. Lalime played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres. Lalime retired from playing in 2011 to join the Réseau des Sports (RDS) television network covering the Ottawa Senators. He played his junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. In 1992–93, Lalime posted a 10–24–4 record with a GAA of 4.67 and a .863 save percentage as the team failed to make the playoffs. In the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Lalime was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round, the 156th overall pick. In 1993–94, he returned to the Cataractes and posted a solid 22–20–2 record with a GAA of 4.22. In the playoffs, Lalime struggled badly with a 1–3 record and GAA of 6.73. In 1994–95, Lalime moved to the Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL where he posted a very solid 15–7–3 record, a GAA of 3.35 and save percentage of .898 until January 1995. Then on January 26, Lalime signed a contract with the Penguins, who then assigned him to the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL. He struggled
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    Robert Esche

    Robert Esche

    • Hockey Position(s): Goaltender
    Robert L. Esche (born January 22, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for SCL Tigers of National League A. Robert Esche started his career with the Phoenix Coyotes, only to be traded to the Flyers in a deal involving Michal Handzuš and Brian Boucher. He hails from Whitesboro, New York, where he contributes much to the community and charitable organizations with his spare time. In 2004, he claimed the starting goaltending spot for the Flyers, and led them to the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, only to fall in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Esche has represented the United States in the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the IIHF World Championships in 2000, shutting out Russia in Russia, an accomplishment he still lists as his greatest moment in hockey. He represented the US team in 2001 and also received the starting nod at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Esche is nicknamed "Chico" after former Flyers goaltender Glenn "Chico" Resch because his sticks are labeled R. Esche. Esche was named to the 2006 US Men's Olympic Hockey Team in Turin. He played one game in the Olympic tournament,
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    Zach Parise

    Zach Parise

    • Shoots: Left-handed
    • Hockey Position(s): Left Wing
    Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger of French-Canadian origin, and alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the New Jersey Devils, where he served as team captain. Parise's father, J. P. Parisé, was a professional ice hockey player who played for Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, and his brother Jordan Parise is a professional hockey goaltender. Parise played midget AAA hockey for Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, before spending two seasons at the University of North Dakota, where he was twice nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college ice hockey player in America. He was drafted by the Devils 17th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and turned pro after his sophomore season, spending one year playing for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Parise joined the Devils for the 2005–06 season. Parise's best NHL season was in 2008–09, when he was the league's third leading goal scorer (45) behind Jeff Carter with 46 and league leader Alexander Ovechkin with 56, while ranking fifth among all NHL players in points
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