Tuomas Pihlman, a player of JyP Jyväskylä, was a member of the Finnish U-20 team which captured the bronze medal at the WJC in Czech Republic recently.
Question: You’ve been drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you have decided yet when to go there?
Pihlman: No, not I don’t know that yet.
Question: As you would not get a chance to play in the NHL, would you prefer playing in the Minor Leagues or playing in Finland?
Pihlman: In Finland, because hockey there is more technical than in North America.
Question: Could you imagine playing in other European countries?
Pihlman: Hmmmm…. no, hardly.
Question: You were born in Espoo, but play for JyP Jyväskylä. Why don’t you play for local Espoo Blues?
Pihlman: My parents moved to Jyväskylä when I was 12, so I joined the local hockey club there and have been playing for it now for seven years.
Question: What’s your favourite team in Finland and your favourite NHL team?
Pihlman (smiling): In Finland Jyväskylä and in the NHL New Jersey Devils
Question: What is your favourite player?
Pihlman: Mario Lemieux
Question: At the world junior championship in Czech Republic, you wore jersey #29. Is there any specific reason for that?
Pihlman: When I was younger, I had number 49, and I also wear it in the SM-Liiga, but on the WJC team I could not get that, so I chose number 29.
Question: Are you superstitious in any way?
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Vitals on Bryan Allen:
The following is my interview with Bryan, done via email.
HF: What was it like to grow up in a place like Kingston, Ontario; one of our nation’s hockey-hotbeds?
HF: Did you feel any pressure when you began your junior career with the Oshawa Generals, especially considering you were a #9 overall pick by them in the OHL Priority Selection?
HF: What did you enjoy most about your time in Oshawa, and your junior career in general?
HF: How did it feel to have your name called #4 Overall by the Vancouver Canucks? Read more»
Back in 1988, in the 5th round of the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres drafted a player out of the OHL by the name of Rob Ray. Rob had totaled 590 penalty minutes during his junior career, so it was clear that the Sabres were looking to add some muscle to a team that had developed a reputation for being soft.
Fourteen years and 3000+ penalty minutes later, Rob has shown that a little bit of talent can go a long way in the NHL, if you work hard enough. The man known as “Razor” has won the hearts of a generation of Sabres fans while simultaneously pummeling a legion of NHL tough guys. There is little doubt, then, that Rob will be crowned Buffalo’s all-time enforcer once he decides to hang up his skates, a possibility that grows greater with each passing day.
Ray will turn 34 in June, an age that often signals the end of a professional hockey player’s career. While Rob may not yet be contemplating retirement, the day is surely not far off, which means the Sabres will have to find a worthy replacement for their all-time penalty minute leader. Luckily for Buffalo, there are a few candidates waiting in the wings, with no one player having a definite advantage over the others.
The obvious choice to replace Ray would be current Sabre LW Eric Boulton. Eric has earned his place in the NHL the hard way, coming up through the ECHL and AHL to surprisingly land a spot on Buffalo’s roster last seaso Read more»
It’s a rite of spring for all Kings fans. Is this the trading deadline when Jamie Storr will be dealt to another team for a big name player? The question is more pressing than ever this season. The Kings are playing as well as anyone in the league right now and may be a player away from making a run at the Stanley Cup Finals. The only real tradable commodity for the Kings right now is Jamie Storr, but what does that do for the future?
Felix Potvin is fully entrenched as the #1 goalie and is playing well. Stefan Fiset is in Manchester and with his hefty salary, the Kings would trade him for yesterday’s newspaper. Storr has done an admirable job as a backup, and the Kings have done an even more admirable job positioning him to do so, handpicking his games to make him more effective.
While Storr has not played the toughest schedule, his confidence is high and prior to Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh he was playing the best hockey of his NHL career. The Kings have seen signs of the netminder that they have worked so hard to hold on to, even at the expense of other players on their roster.
If they do deal Storr, what will happen in two years. Granted, Potvin is excelling but how many more years can the Kings count on him. Can Jamie wait another year after this to take the #1 spot? Do the Kings have a goalie they can depend on if they do trade Storr?
If Storr were traded today, Fiset would be the backup. he would be a capable backup, but if pressed into every day service he cannot be relied on due to his injury-prone nature. If Potvin plays thro Read more»
The Saskatoon Blades headed on the road for a battle with their
However, the Blades would have their work cut out for them
The first period was a very sloppy period as both teams seemed to miss