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01-09-2014, 08:34 PM
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Very cool story on Jeff Halpern.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Halpern was playing for TPS Tuurku in Finland when the 2013-2014 NHL season began. He wasn't there for money; he was there to prolong a once-unlikely dream.

"I didn't ask for or want any money in Finland. I just wanted a chance to go get some game action," said Halpern, who hadn't received any NHL offers after playing out his contract in Montreal last season. "A good friend of mine, (former NHL player) Brian Willsie, had a contract with Tuurku, but for tax reasons he couldn't play for the first month, so there was a three-week period where I could go over there and play to try and stay in shape."

Five games into the NHL season, the Coyotes signed Halpern to a one-year, two-way contract to fill their gaping hole at fourth-line center, improve their face-off percentage and help the penalty-killing unit recover from the loss of free agent Boyd Gordon. The 37-year-old "Southerner" got another chance to continue the only profession he ever truly wanted.

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