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Posts Tagged ‘NHL draft.’

NY Islanders make history by selecting first Chinese-born player in NHL Draft, Andong Song

Andong Song (photo courtesy NHL Public Relations, NHLmedia.com)

 

Most fans of hockey probably don’t know if there is hockey being played in China.

There must be some potential hockey players coming out of that country because the New York Islanders just selected an up-and-coming star in the recent draft.

Andong Song, a 6’0” forward who was born in Beijing, became the first Chinese-born player selected in the NHL Draft when the Islanders picked him in the sixth round (172nd overall).

“I am the first,” he said. “Hopefully what I want to do is rally people behind me. Not focus on myself but do something good for Chinese hockey.”

The 18-year-old Song, who is Beijing, China, says he patterns his game after Nicklas Lidstrom, former star defenseman of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Islanders noticed Song playing at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. In 26 games this past season, he scored 7 goals with 26 assists and 33 points.

Song says he wants to play for an NCAA hockey team. He is expected to enroll in a prep school during the 2015-16 season.

 

Tampa Bay’s Lecavalier set to play in milestone 1,000th career game tonight

Vincent Lecavalier (photo by kaatiya, IrisKawling via wikipedia commons)

32-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier will achieve another milestone in his NHL career tonight at the New York Islanders.

The Canadian will play in his 1,000th game of his career in his 14th season.

The first overall pick in the NHL Draft in 1998, came into the league as an 18-year-old and has stayed with the Lightning.

He said he never envisioned of playing in 1,000 games.

During his career, Lecavalier has played in 999 games, scored 373 goals, dished out 469 assists for 842 points.

 

Info compiled from NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning

Jankowski chooses Providence over NHL

 

Mark Jankowski, who was the first high-school hockey player selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, has decided to attend Providence College in the fall and play for the Friars.

The 17-year-old center was picked in by the Calgary Flames with the 21st overall selection.

(courtesy of Providence athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Friars play in the Hockey East Conference. They’ve played in the Frozen Four in 1964, 1983 and 1985. They’ve appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1964, ’78, ’81, ’83, ’85, ’89, ’91, ’96 and 2001.

 

Info compiled from Providence College & Internet news

Blues re-sign Jackman to contract before free agency begins

 

Barret Jackman with Missouri River Otters (photo by OscartheOtter via wikipedia commons)

The St. Louis Blues have been able to hold onto one of their own players before the free agency period heats up.

Defenseman Barret Jackman, who was to be one of the most sought-after players this summer, signed a three-year contract worth at least $9.5 million.

The 31-year-old Jackman is 6’0, 205.

He was the 17th overall pick of the 1999 NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Jackman has been with the Blues since 2001. In 517 games, he has 19 goals, with 107 assists and 126 points.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

13-year veteran Hejduk staying with the NHL’s Avalanche

 

Milan Hejduk (2008 photo by FrenchKheldar via wikipedia commons)

Milan Hejduk, right winger for the Colorado Avalanche is one of their last remaining links to the franchise’s Stanley Cup days.

He has spent all of his 13 years with the NHL team.

The native of the Czech Republic will remain in Denver for at least one more year as he signed a new contract.

The captain is 36 years old and was drafted 87th overall in the 1994 NHL Draft.

Hejduk has played in 991 games, with 794 points. He is fourth in franchise goals with 371 and fifth in assists with 423.

 

Info compiled from the NHL & Colorado Avalanche

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