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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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Tuesday, 20 July 2004
Peter Ferraro
Peter Ferraro was one of two good hockey playing twin brothers. Peter was drafted in 1992 by the New York Rangers in the first round, 24th overall. He spent the next two seasons playing for the University of Maine of the NCAA, before making the jump to pro hockey with the Atlanta Knights of the IHL. He got the first taste of NHL hockey in 1995-96, playing 5 games with the Rangers.

He was then sent down and played the better part of the next two seasons with Binghamtom of the AHL. He moved to the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing 29 games in 1997-98. He played one more game that year with the Rangers, before going back to the minors and coming up for a 5 game stint with the Boston Bruins in 1999-00. He also played for the Washington Capitals in 2001-02 and has most recently played in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons.

Posted by hplayerz at 2:21 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 20 July 2004 2:22 PM EDT
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Sunday, 18 July 2004
Jeff Ware
The 1990s were not the best drafting decade for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They had chances to make good picks, including in 1995 when they had the 15th overall pick. The Leafs drafted defenseman Jeff Ware from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The promising defensive defenseman got an early taste of NHL play appearing in 13 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1996-97 regular season. He spent the next full year with the Leafs' AHL affiliate in St John's and only managed to appear on 2 more games as a Leaf. In 1998-99 he appeared in 6 games for the Florida Panthers before spending the rest of the year in the minors. He spent the last two documented years of professional hockey playing in the AHL for the Columbus Blue Jackets minor league team, the Syracuse Crunch.

Posted by hplayerz at 2:51 PM EDT
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Curtis Bowen
Curtis Bowen was born March 24 1974 in Kenora, Ontario. He played his junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL and was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1992. Bowen was a left-winger and began his pro career with the Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL. He spent 1995-96 with the Canadian National team and then went back and forth with Adirondack and the Canadian program. By 1998 he was out west playing for the Manitoba Moose of the IHL with NHL prospects looking dimmer by the day. The following season he moved to England, playing hockey for the Nottingham Panthers, Manchester Storm and Belfast Giants. He played the 2003-04 season with the Belfast Giants of the EIHL.

Posted by hplayerz at 2:42 PM EDT
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