At the raw age of 21, Andreas Martinsen has already suited up for Team Norway 60 times in international play. This past season he was a key player for his hometown team in Lillehammer, where he collected 20 goals and 48 points in 56 games. The 6-3, 220-pound forward isn’t afraid to throw his weight around either, as his 147 penalty minutes attests.
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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.
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.
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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)