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10-01-2003, 03:37 PM
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Berzins signed by Ice Gators

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Good for him!

Berzins, who stands 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, was a fifth-round pick (No. 155 overall) of Minnesota in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Riga, Latvia, native has played two seasons of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, racking up 78 points (41g, 37a) and 81 penalty minutes in 122 games with Shawinigan. Berzins, who is just 19, was key in the post-season for Shawinigan in 2002-03, picking up five points (4g, 1a) in just nine games. Berzins recently attended the Wild training camp.

"Berzins is really the kind of guy who can anchor a top line for you," said Farrish. "He's big and has a lot of strength, especially for being so young. Minnesota thinks pretty highly of him. We can't wait to see what he will do at the professional level."



(Gustafson also ended up there. )

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Hooray for Berzins!

Probably already posted some place, but how come Berzins isn't playing in the AHL this year?

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Probably already posted some place, but how come Berzins isn't playing in the AHL this year?
To my understanding, you've got to play 4 seasons in juniors, or be 20 years old, to play in the AHL. Berzins doesn't fit either category as far as I know. I believe he's 19 and he only played two seasons in the QMJHL. He tried to go back for an overage year, but Shawinigan already had their two Euro players and all three overagers.

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Hooray for Berzins!

Probably already posted some place, but how come Berzins isn't playing in the AHL this year?
Too young, I think, isn't he?


Auughh.. too slow!

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Doh, I really should've known that. :|
Thanks guys.

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To my understanding, you've got to play 4 seasons in juniors, or be 20 years old, to play in the AHL. Berzins doesn't fit either category as far as I know. I believe he's 19 and he only played two seasons in the QMJHL. He tried to go back for an overage year, but Shawinigan already had their two Euro players and all three overagers.
Yep, that's the rule. Jason Spezza played in Binghamton at the age of 19, but since he had those 4 years in the OHL he was okay to play... I wish the rule would change, let the dominant 19 year olds find another place to play...

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So, does this mean when he turns 20, he still can't go to Houston. Is it like the junior rule where if he goes back to his junior team (ECHL in this case), then he has to play for them for the whole season? I was hoping to see him in Houston this year once he turned twenty....

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So, does this mean when he turns 20, he still can't go to Houston. Is it like the junior rule where if he goes back to his junior team (ECHL in this case), then he has to play for them for the whole season? I was hoping to see him in Houston this year once he turned twenty....
The rule, as I understand it, is that if he is 20 years-old or has 4 CHL seasons under his belt, then he is eligible for the AHL. Therefore, once he's 20 later this year, he should be fine to make his way to Houston if that's where they want him to play.

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yay!
Let's Go Big B, time to get 'er goin!!

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Go Berzins!!! Good Luck this season!!!

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