Patrick Foley has played in pain for the past three years and finally decided enough was enough. Partially tearing both his ACL’s in his junior year of high school football, he elected to continue playing hockey with braces on each knee up until last season. That’s when everything went downhill. After games and practices Foley’s knees had him in so much pain he couldn’t run or even ride a bike. He decided to have Dr. Brett Zarins of the New England Patriots take a look at his knees. The only solution to the problem was surgery. On May 31, 2000, Foley went in and had his right knee operated on. A month later it was the left knees turn to be repaired. Foley was optimistic about a return to the New Hampshire Wildcats this year, however after a November appointment with Dr. Zarins it was in Patrick’s best interest to be redshirted. Foley is rehabilitating his knees and skated for the first time since the surgery this past week. Foley said just feeling the wind blowing against his face was a great feeling. Being part of the team is important to Foley. He helps teammates at team workouts and provides support and the insight of someone not at ice level. What really drives Foley is the chance to play for a national title. The process of rehabilitating both knees is physically and mentally grinding, but you couldn’t find a bettter warrior than Patrick Foley to do it. Determined, Foley is working hard to get his play back to the level exhibited before the surgeries. Don’t be shocked to see him back on the rink next year playing better than ever.
Jamie Lundmark was selected to the under-20 Canadian team for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Moscow, Russia, and he hasn’t disappointed so far. Team Canada left for Sweden a couple of days ago to play 2 exhibition games against the Sweden team before taking off for Moscow for the championships.
In the first exhibition game, Canada defeated Sweden 6-4. Lundmark had 2 goals and 3 assists and 2 PIM. One of his goals was an empty net goal at the end to close out the game. All 3 of Lundmark’s assists were primary assists and they also all occurred while Canada was on the power play.
Lundmark made a name for himself in last year’s WJC with a solid all-around performance and looks as though that will happen this year as well. Canada and Sweden face off tomorrow, so stay tuned to what Lundmark will do!
News and Notes: The only other 2 players in the Rangers organization that I know of that are participating in the WJC are Pavel Brendl and Sven Helfenstein. I will try and find out tomorrow if there is anyone else, and there probably is, so stay tuned.
Goaltenders Player C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/2001 Team Drafted Kari Lehtonen L 6'02.5 178 11/16/83 Helsinki Jokerit Helsinki Eligible 02 Ari Ahonen L 6'02 179 02/06/81 Jyväskylä IFK Helsinki NJ 99 Defensemen Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/2001 Team Drafted Markku Paukkunen L 6'01 190 04/15/81 Kuopio JYP Jyväskylä Not drafted Harri Tikkanen L 5'09 163 06/02/81 Lappeenranta SaiPa Lappeenranta Not drafted Lasse Kukkonen L 6'00 185 09/18/81 Oulu Kärpät Oulu Not drafted Janne Niskala L 6'00.5 190 09/22/81 Västerås Lukko Rauma (jrs.) Not drafted Tuukka Mäntylä L 5'09.5 172 05/25/81 Tampera Tappara Tampera Not drafted Olli Malmivaara L 6'04.5 205 03/13/82 Kajaani Jokerit Helsinki CHI 00 Tero Määttä L 6'01.5 205 01/02/82 Vantaa Blues Espoo SJ 00 Forwards Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/2001 Team Drafted Mikko Koivu L 6'02 176 03/12/83 Turku TPS Turku Eligible 01 Ville Hämäläinen L 5'11.5 187 07/06/81 Lappeenranta SaiPa Lappeenranta Not drafted Sami Venäläinen R 5'11.5 179 10/14/81 Kangasala Tappara Tampera PHX 00 Miro Laitinen L 5'10.5 179 01/01/81 Pietarsaari Tappara Tampera Not drafted Tomi Mustonen R 5'11 176 04/29/82 Jokela KJT Järvenpää (Div 1) Not drafted Juha-Pekka Hyt Read more»