Islanders: Sean Bergenheim signed

By Tom Liodice

In the first round of the 2002 Entry Draft, the Islanders picked a gem of a speedster, in the likes of Finland-native, Sean Bergenheim. On July 15, Bergenheim was signed to a three-year contract by the New York Islanders. After being drafted by the Isles, he returned to Finland and Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League, where he played besides one of his new Islander-brethren, Arto Tukio. In 38 games with Jokerit, with limited playing time, Bergenheim scored 3 goals and 3 assists. He was a standout performance with Team Finland at the 2002 WJC in Halifax, where he was player of the game in the team’s opener and matched his season’s production during the tournament with seven points in six games. Bergenheim’s workman-like attitude and determination have caused some to compare him to current Island and NHL pest, Jason Blake. It is unknown whether Bergenheim will return to Jokerit and continue in his third year with the Finnish Elite League, or report to training camp with the Isles in September.