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Thursday, 23 September 2004
Daniel Tkaczuk
Daniel Tkaczuk was born in Toronto and played his major junior hockey Barrie Colts of the OHL. He had four standout years in the OHL and was drafted in the first round, 6th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1997. The centerman joined the Saint John Flames in 1999-2000 and was a productive player in the American Hockey League. He got his first NHL callup in 2000-01 with the Flames, playing in 19 games, scoring 4 goals and adding 7 assists for 11 points. In June of 2001 Tkaczuk was traded by the Calgary Flames along with goalie Fred Brathwaite, Sergei Varlamov and 9th round pick in the 2001 draft (Grant Jacobsen) to the St. Louis Blues for goalie Roman Turek and a 4th round pick in the 2001 draft (Igor Shastin). Daniel played the next two seasons in the AHL with the Worcester IceCats and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 2003-04 he played in Europe with Lukko Rauma in Finland.

Posted by hplayerz at 9:28 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:30 AM EDT
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Saturday, 18 September 2004
Corey Foster
The late 1980s saw the emergence of a young defenseman with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Corey Foster was a big, mobile defenseman who was selected in the first round, 12th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1988. Foster made the jump to the NHL in 1989, playing 2 games for the Devils. Shortly after in June 1989, he was traded from New Jersey Devils to the Edmonton Oilers for 1st round pick in the 1989 draft. He played a couple of seasons for the Cape Breton Oilers before being traded again, from the Edmonton Oilers with Dave Brown and Jari Kurri to the Philadelphia Flyers, for Craig Berube and Craig Fisher and Scott Mellanby. Foster shuffled a couple of seasons within the Flyers system before signing with the Senators. Again he spent a couple of years in the AHL and IHL, before playing a handful a games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and after that, the New York Islanders. Starting in 1997 Corey Foster spent a couple of seasons playing hockey in Japan and later played for the Berlin Capitals. His last two years have seen him back in North America, playing in the AHL and QSMHL.

Posted by hplayerz at 7:36 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:30 AM EDT
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Sunday, 12 September 2004
Dmitri Kvartalnov
The late 1980s, early 1990s saw an influx of Russian and Eastern European players as the Iron Curtain came down. Many great players were drafted in the late rounds by NHL teams that had good scouting staffs in Europe. It wasn't long before European players were also being selected higher and higher, into the first round. The Boston Bruins made one such selection in 1992, taking Russian left winger Dmitri Kvartalnov in the first round, 16th overall. Kvartalnov had a very productive rookie year with the Bruins, playing in 73 games, scoring 30 goals and 42 assists for 72 points. The next year saw him play half as many games and have a huge drop off in scroing. Before long Kvartalnov was playing in the minors for the Providence Bruins and by 1994 was playing in Europe. In 2000 he joined the Kazan Ak-Bars team in Russia and has played with them for the last three years.

Posted by hplayerz at 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:31 AM EDT
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Saturday, 4 September 2004
Steven Rice
Steven Rice was a very highly rated junior prospect with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. In 1988, the Montreal Canadiens traded their first round pick along with tough guy Chris Nilan to the New York Rangers for their first round pick in the 1989 draft. The Rangers ended up selecting Rice with that pick, 20th overall. In the 1990-91 season he got his first shot in the NHL with the Rangers, and a team that included two other highly rated prospects - Tony Amonte and Doug Weight. Rice's tenure in New York city was short as he was traded in 1991 from New York Rangers along with Louie DeBrusk and Bernie Nicholls to Edmonton Oilers for Mark Messier and future considerations. He spent a couple of years with the Oilers in Edmonton and Cape Breton, before moving on the the Hartford Whalers in 1993-94. His last NHL stint was in 1997-98 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Years later in 2002-03 he made a comeback into pro-hockey, playing a couple of seasons with the Cambridge Hornets of the OHASr. For his NHL career, Steven Rice played in 329 games with 64 goals, 61 assists for 125 points and 275 penalty minutes.

Posted by hplayerz at 3:13 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:31 AM EDT
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Friday, 27 August 2004
Jason Bonsignore
Jason Bonsignore was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NHL entry draft, 4th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. He was a very highly regarded junior center who played for the Newmarket Royals, Niagara-Falls Thunder, and Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. He played his first NHL game for the Oilers in 1995 and scored a goal. The next season saw Bonsignore move between the farm team in Cape Breton, his junior team in Sudbury and the big club in Edmonton. He then spent the next two seasons in the AHL in Hamilton. In 1997 he was traded by the Edmonton Oilers along with Bryan Marchment and Steve Kelly to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Roman Hamrlik and Mike Comrie. He played parts of two seasons with the Lightning but has since spent his career playing for numerous teams including the Cleveland Lumberjacks, St John's Maple Leafs, Springfield Falcons, and Lowell Lock Monsters in the AHL and IHL. Jason played for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL during the 2003-04 season.

Posted by hplayerz at 1:18 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 March 2005 9:16 AM EST
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Tuesday, 24 August 2004
Mathieu Chouinard
Mathieu Chouinard was a highly regarded goalie prospect playing for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round, 15th overall of the 1998 entry draft. He did could not agree to a contract with the Senators and was once again eligible for the entry draft in 2000. Once again, he was drafted by the Senators, this time in the second round, 45th overall. He played a couple of season in the IHL/AHL and spent some time with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. In 2003-4 he got his first opportunity in the National Hockey League, playing in 4 games with the Los Angeles Kings. He was then sent down to their minor league team in the American Hockey League and spent part of the 2003-04 season in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

Posted by hplayerz at 9:20 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 October 2004 9:23 PM EDT
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Saturday, 21 August 2004
Brandon Convery
Brandon Convery was born in 1974 in Kingston, Ontario and played his minor hockey for the Sudbury Wolves, Niagara Falls Thunder and Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. In 1992, he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, 8th overall. Convery began his pro-hockey career in 1992-93 on the Rock with the St John's Maple Leafs of the AHL. He was stayed with the Maple Leafs organization until 1997-98, playing the majority of his games with the Leafs' AHL affiliate. In 1997-98 he signed with the Vancouver Canucks and played a couple of NHL games before playing with a couple of minor league teams in the AHL. In 1998-99 he got his last known shot at the NHL, playing 3 games with the Los Angles Kings. He has since been playing hockey in Europe.

For his NHL career, Brandon Convery has played in 72 games with the three teams, racking up 9 goals, 19 assists for 28 points. He also has 36 career penalty minutes and has played in 5 playoff games.

Posted by hplayerz at 2:01 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 September 2004 3:17 PM EDT
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Sunday, 15 August 2004
Joel Savage
Joel Savage was a junior prospect with the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League. He was drafted in the first round, 13th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1989. Savage spent a couple of years with the Rochester Americans of the AHL and got his one and only shot in the NHL with the Sabres in 1990-91. He played in 3 games and recorded one assist. The right wingers then played for the Canadian National team, various teams in the AHL and IHL before taking his trade to Germany in 1995-96. He has continued to play in Europe and finished the 2003-04 season with Zug of the Swiss league.

Posted by hplayerz at 6:26 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 September 2004 3:18 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Brent Thompson
The 1989 NHL entry draft saw the Los Angeles Kings select Brent Thompson as their second round pick, 39th overall. Thompson was a big defenseman who wasn't shy about dropping the gloves while playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. He began his pro career in the IHL with Phoenix Roadrunners and got his first taste of NHL play in 1991-92 with the Kings. He played 81 NHL games with the Kings over the next 3 years and found himself with the Winnipeg Jets for the 1994-95 season. After a few years of time in Winnipeg and the minors, Thompson signed with the Florida Panthers in 1999-2000. He played for their minor league team in Louisville and was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2000-2001. He played a few years with the Hersey Bears of the AHL and spent the 2003-04 season as a player coach with the Colorado Eagles of the CHL. Brent Thompson's NHL career has seen him play in 121 games, rack up 1 goal, 10 assists and 352 penalty minutes.

Posted by hplayerz at 10:22 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 27 August 2004 1:26 PM EDT
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Saturday, 31 July 2004
Johnathan Aitken
Johnathan Aitken was scouted as a big tough defensive defenseman while playing in the Western Hockey League. After splitting his junior career between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Medicine Hat Tigers, Aitken was drafted in the first round, 8th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1996. He played with the Bruins minor league affiliate in Providence for two seasons and got his first taste of NHL hockey in 1999-2000, playing in 3 games for the Bruins. He then moved around the minors, playing in the Czech Republic for Sparta Praha, in the ECHL and back in the AHL. In 2003-04 he was back in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Blackhawks and ended up playing in 41 games.

Posted by hplayerz at 4:47 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 31 July 2004 4:48 PM EDT
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