Finland has produced some of the NHL’s top forwards of the 1980s and 1990s, most notably Jari Kurri and Teemu Selänne. There have also been Finnish defensemen who have emerged as top-quality NHL players, ranging from Reijo Ruotsalainen to Teppo Numminen. For some reason, however, there have been very few Finnish goalies to make it to the NHL and, as yet, there has not been a single Finnish impact goalie in the NHL. Only Jarmo Myllys, Kari Takko, Jari Kaarela, and Hannu Kampurri have ever so much as started an NHL regular season game. Myllys and Takko represent the (modest) pinnacle of success that Finnish keepers have had in the NHL.
In the meantime, every other major European hockey country has produced at least one regular starting goalie in the NHL. The former Czechoslovakia developed Dominik Hasek and Roman Turek. Sweden gave us Pelle Lindbergh and Tommy Salo. Russia produced Nikolai Khabibulin (not to mention the legendary Vladislav Tretiak, who would have been an NHL star if the political climate of the time had allowed it). Moreover, even some of the lesser NHL goalies from the other European countries, such as Tommy Söderström, Mikhail Shtalenkov, and Petr Skudra, experienced NHL success that was equal or superior to the North American accomplishments of Takko and Myllys.
Former NAHL Most Valuable Defenseman Heads to Pros from Bowling Green
For Immediate Release – Thursday, April 6, 2000
The North American Hockey League has announced that former NAHL defenseman Mike Jones has signed a free-agent
contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
A 6-4, 195-pound native of Toledo, OH, Jones, 23, spent the past four seasons at Bowling Green State University of the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with 71 penalty minutes in 34 games
with Bowling Green this season as an assistant captain, and also helped BGSU to a first-round playoff upset of Lake Superior
Jones, who collected 18-52—70 points and 167 PIM in 127 career outings with the Falcons, will join former NAHL and
BGSU star Brian Holzinger in Tampa Bay. The Buffalo Sabres traded Holzinger, the 1995 Hobey Baker Memorial Award
winner as the top player in U.S. college hockey, to the Lightning last month.
Jones played two years with the NAHL’s Cleveland Barons, recording 15-33—48 points as a rookie left wing in
1994-95. He switched to the blueline the following season and notched 25-45—70 points in 46 outings while also serving
as Cleveland’s team captain. He led all league defensemen in points that year, led all NAHL players in assists, and Read more»
When you see this kid play, you know you are seeing greatness. He can
skate with the best of them, make tape-to-tape passes blindfolded, and his
vision of the ice and the play that is unfolding is unsurpassed. Who am I
talking about? Who else. Jay Bouwmeester.
This 16 year old star in the making of the Medicine Hat Tigers has just
finished his first season in the WHL. Few defensemen before have stepped in
at his age and done as much as this young man. Quarterbacked the powerplay,
got to play some shorthanded situations, and was often a catalyst on a team
that many nights was severely lacking in the offensive department.
Bouwmeester finished his season with 64 games, 13 goals, 21 assists and 34
points. The assists total would have been much higher on a team that had a
few finishers. Next year, with players such as Ryan Hollweg gaining in
experience, watch that total rise. Probably the best part of watching him
play is that you get the felling that, as good as he is, he’s capable of so
much more. When ever he gets the puck you get on the edge of your seat not
know if your going to see just another dump-in, or watch Bouwmeester make a
brilliant end-to-end rush. Probably the best thing about watching him play,
and the worst thing for all other teams in the WHL, is that you know that
he’s only scratched the surface of what he can do.
If any reporters are reading this article, here’s a little advice about Read more»
Finals coming up in the Swedish Elitserien
If the Sedin-twins are using the Elitserien playoffs as a crusade to prove
all their critics wrong, they should find something else to use as a
motivational tool. The Sedins, along with Mathias Weinhandl, has carried
MoDo on their backs throughout the playoffs and tonights performance away
against Brynäs in the fifth and deciding game in the Semifinals has to be
MoDo won the game 6-3, and Line 19, the nickname for the above mentioned
trio of 19-year olds, combined to score all six goals for MoDo. Henrik Sedin
scored two goals and added three assists, Daniel Sedin had two goals and two
assists, and Mathias Weinhandl had two goals and one assist. That is one
clear message sent to the critics, myself included, who claim that they
don’t show up in the big games.
After consecutive sub-par showings in the WJC’s and an inconsistent
performance in the playoffs last year there is reason to doubt if the
Sedin’s are the kind of players which a team can rely on in the big game,
and their lack of grit and emotion when things don’t go their way makes them
look very ineffective. To their defense it has to be said that they worked
hard and was playing really well in game 4 when nothing went their way and
Rangers goalie prospect Johan Holmqvist stole the show. Also, a strong
indication of how well the Sedin’s have been playing this year in the Read more»
Hockeysfuture.com is proud to introduce our newest Editor for the Panthers page, Mark Fischel. He will be a great asset to hockeysfuture.com with his knowledge of the game and scouting reports of all Panthers prospects.
With the new addition to our writing staff comes all new rankings. Some Panthers prospects had a great season and boosted their stock, while some other prospects had horrible seasons, and look like they may never make the big time now. Dwayne Hay, Filip Kuba, and Dwayne Hay were all dealt at the NHL trade deadline, while Kristian Huselius and Dwayne Duerden have had the breakout years expected of them.