The 2011 Undrafteds Thread
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01-05-2012, 06:05 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
Team 1 Centres:
22G, 34A, 56P in 130GP
Montreal Maroons Greatest Players
Max Kaminsky was clever center, excelling defensively while showing promise for offensive upside.
Played in 2002 All-Star Game
111 pts in 207 GP (best 53 pts in 66 gp)
Legends of Hockey
The slick playmaking center started to play the game at the age of six and later became a huge fan of Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Eventually he became too good for Norway after scoring 30 goals in 31 games for league champion Valerengen in the 1992-93 season at the age of 21. He became the glamour boy of Norwegian hockey after being named player of the year in 1994. He recorded nine points at the 1990 World Junior Championship and was named his team's best player in five of seven games at the 1991 World Juniors.
An injury prevented him from playing in the 1993 World Championship. Because of his size, 5'11" and just 168 pounds, he was susceptible to being hit hard in the corners.
Knutsen signed with Djurgarden for the 1994-95 campaign while continuing to play for Norway at the World Championship tournaments at the end of the season. The 1994 Olympics was a minor disappointment for Knutsen. The Norwegian national team, playing in its own backyard in the town of Lillehammer, managed only one win in the Olympic tournament and finished second last.
Following two more trips to the World Championships (1996-1997), Knutsen became the first Norwegian ever to lead the Swedish Elite League in scoring during the 1999-2000 regular season. Then he signed with the NHL expansion Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2000-01 season and has finished in the top three in team scoring in his first two seasons with the team until injuries plagued him throughout the better part of the 2002-03 season.
International Hockey Legends:
He would return to Sweden soon thereafter, but he gave the NHL another shot in 2000, signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He proved to be a strong offensive player on a weak expansion team. Knutsen was doing nicely but his career spun into mediocrity as he was devastated by a tragedy in Columbus. Espen's slap shot was deflected into the stands, striking 13 year old Brittanie Cecil, who was attending her first hockey game. She died two days later. The death led to the NHL's decision to erect safety netting at all its arenas.
The accident was just that - an accident, and a freak one at that. But Knutsen took the death hard, and, thanks largely to injuries, Knutsen soon disappeared from the top level of hockey.
All Time Leader in Points and Assists in the SM-Liiga
1995 World Championship Gold Medal
1988 Olympic Silver Medal
Legends of Hockey
Centre Janne Ojanen was a fine offensive player who played 98 NHL games for the New Jersey Devils between 1988-89 and 1992-93. He was better known as domestic and international player in his native Finland.
1991 World Championship All-Star
1987, 1991 World Championship Gold Medal
1991 Elitserien Guldpucken
Captain of Swedish National Team (1989 - 1993?)
Member of IIHF Hall of Fame
Legends of Hockey
Rundqvist made his debut with Tre Kronor in 1981 and the next year he played in his first World Championship. His partners on offense were Hakan Loob, a former teammate from Farjestad, and Mats Ulander of AIK.
One of the highlights of his career was Sweden's triumph at the Vienna World Championship in 1987 when Tre Kronor captured the gold thanks to the Soviets' 2-1 win over Czechoslovakia that put Sweden in first place. But in Rundqvist's opinion, Tre Kronor's success in Finland in 1991 was even more impressive. In Finland, Sweden won the gold without losing a single game.
Rundqvist's most memorable goal is the one he scored against Czechoslovakia in an overtime period at the 1993 World Championship in Germany. The goal put Sweden into the finals, where they were eventually beaten by Russia. Rundqvist scored many important goals playing for Austria's Feldkirch, where he moved with teammate Bengt-Ake Gustafsson in 1993. Significant among them were the ones that enabled the Austrians to defeat Dynamo Moscow in the Euroleague tournament.
Rundqvist is a double world champion, triple champion of Sweden and the winner of five national championships in Austria.
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