Photo: Norwegian defenseman Jonas Holos is no stranger to international competition, having previously suited up for Norway at the 2010 Olympics (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
During the 2010-11 season, defenseman Jonas Holos suited up for 39 games with the Colorado Avalanche and looked like one of their many up-and-coming young defenseman. Still under contract with the Avalanche, Jonas found himself spending this past season with the Vaxjo Lakers of the SEL, with whom he was able to avoid the relegation round in Vaxjo’s first year in the league after gaining promotion the season before.
Photo: Norway's Patrick Thoresen, shown here competing at the 2010 Olympics, has been his country's top offensive performer at the 2012 World Championship (courtesy of
Toronto Star/Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
It wasn’t too long ago that forward Patrick Thoresen looked to have been establishing a regular role on a lower line with the Philadelphia Flyers after several seasons in the Edmonton Oiler organization. However, the 5-11, 188-pound forward decided to head to Switzerland for the 2008-09 season where he put up 63 points in 48 games. This then led to two seasons in the KHL with Salavat Yulayev followed by a year with St. Petersburg. In the KHL, he’s managed to score 196 points in 191 games.
Photo: Norwegian forward Mathis Olimb (#46) has represented his country at high level tournaments, including the 2010 Winter Olympics (courtesy of
Paul Kitagaki Jr/Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
Since a stint in the OHL during the 2004-05 season, diminutive forward Mathis Olimb has taken a bit of a whirlwind ride through the European ranks. His stations have included two years in Norway, two years in Germany, a year in Sweden, a year in the AHL and then this past season for the Frolunda Indians of the SEL. All these stations and Mathis is only 26 years of age.
The WCHA All Stars which included 7 NHL draftees, including New York Rangers University of Wisconsin product Jeff Dessner, toured Greater Oslo and Lillehammer and put a hurting on the Norwegian clubs by a combined score of 22-3.
The first game featured the WCHA team against Elite Series club Lillehammer. If not for the excellent goaltending of Swedish keeper Bengt Høglund, who made 39 Saves, the WCHA players may have scored 15. The US side played physical, upbeat hockey and dominated from the start, and won the game by a score of 5-0.
The second game came against Frisk-Asker, last years no. 3 team. Frisk scored first on a goal by Finn Mika Kannisto. The WCHA rallied with 7 straight.
Frisk Tigers – WCHA All Stars 1-7 (1-0, 0-1, 0-6)
Friday 18. August 2000
1-0 (11.36) Mika Kannisto (Lars Erik Lund, Tor Inge Meltveit).
1-1 (22.11) Mat Snesrud (Derek Derow).
1-2 (41.47) Björn Engström,
1-3 (42.55) Bryan Lundbohm (Jeff Panzer),
1-4 (43.26) Jesse Rooney (Mark Cullen, Jordan Leopold),
1-5 (44.22) Erik Westrum (Kelly Popadynetz),
1-6 (52.34) Paul Cabana (Jeff Panzer),
1-7 (53.06) Derek Derow (Andy Reierson).
Shots: 27-43 (8-15, 8-11, 11-17)
Penalties: Frisk Tigers 4×2 min, WCHA 5×2 min.
Norwegian Anders Myrvold (6-1 200) defenseman out of Lørenskog (Oslo), Norway has signed a contract with the New York Islanders. Myrvold, a former Laval (QMJHL) player was originally a 3rd round choice by the Quebec Nordiques in 1993 for his high scoring ability and touch of feist.
Myrvold differs from many Scandinavian players as he has adapted to the NHL game of being physical. He has nothing against fighting and will try to bang with the best of them. In Sweden at Djurgården and AIK he was known as one of the toughest players in the league.
Myrvold played in Colorado in 1996-97 and then in the Boston Bruins system as part of the deal that brought Boston Landon Wilson. He spent most of the season in Providence of the AHL before returning to Scandinavia. Myrvold joins recent Blue Jacket and Norwegian Star Espen “Shampoo” Knutsen in the NHL with prospect Tore Vikingstad in camp with St. Louis. Myrvold has been training with Knutsen in Oslo with VIF-Hockey to stay in shape during the summer months.
Myrvold’s strengths are his ability to pass and use his smarts in forcing the play. Sometimes he tries to hard to make the play and forces mistakes in his own zone as we saw in the AHL at Providence with a -7 rating in one game. Myrvold is excited and will accept a minor league position (2 way deal) until he can earn a spot back with the club. Myrvold has an excellent opportunity to gain with defensmen Roman Hamrlik and Kenny Jonsson out in contract disputes.