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Sunday, 17 October 2004
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart was born in Calgary, Alberta and played his minor hockey in the US college system with the Michigan State University. In 1990 he was a highly ranked defenseman and was taken in the first round, 13th overall by the New York Rangers. He played 3 years in the NCAA before moving on to pro-hockey with the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL. He was in the Rangers system for 3 years before moving on to the Springfield Falcons and the Detroit Vipers. The 1996-97 saw Michael Stewart spend a season with the Canadian National team. He then went on to have 3 seasons with the Canucks affiliate, the Manitoba Moose of the IHL. Mike wasn't able to crack the NHL lineup and began playing in Europe, spending a year with the Frankfurt Lions and the last two seasons with Heraklith VSV EC.

Posted by hplayerz at 3:38 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:28 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 6 October 2004
Jeff Farkas
Jeff Farkas was born in Williamsville, NY and came up through NCAA system, playing for the venerable Boston College Eagles. He was a standout forward in the NCAA and was drafted in 1997 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 57th overall in the 3rd round. Farkas got his first NHL game under his belt straight out of college, playing in 3 games for the Leafs during the 2000 playoffs, scoring 1 goal. He spent most of the following hockey season in Newfoundlad with the Leafs AHL team in St John's, putting up good offensive numbers. He again got an opportunity to play with the big club in the 2001 post season, and scored 1 goal with 2 assists in 4 games. Even with the post season success, he could not crack the Leafs on a regular basis and was eventually dealt to the Vancouver Canucks for Josh Holden. In 2003 he was one the move again, traded from the Canucks to the Atlanta Thrashers for Chris Herperger and Chris Nielsen. He played three games with the Thrashers in 2003 before being sent to the minors. He split the 2002-03 season between the Manitoba Mosse and Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Posted by hplayerz at 5:18 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:29 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 28 September 2004
Nikos Tselios
Nikos was born in Oak Park, Illinois and started his major junior hockey career with the Belleville Bulls. In 1997 this big defenseman was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Hurricanes, 22nd overall. He moved within the OHL to the Plymouth Whalers and finished his junior career in 1999. He began his pro-hockey career with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL and got his first shot in the National Hockey League in 2001-02 with the Hurricanes. He played in 2 games and registered 0 points and 6 penalty minutes. Tselios spent the next two years with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL and has followed that up playing the last two hockey seasons with the Springfield Falcons, and affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Posted by hplayerz at 12:49 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:29 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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