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September 22, 2004; 17:30
155 and counting...
Mass influx of NHL players to Euro leagues due to labor conflict
Frank Johne

Wingman Marco Sturm of ERC Ingolstadt
 
Marco Sturm has returned to the DEL after a seven year absence

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Munich, Germany - There's been a lot of hype about the return of German NHLers Marco Sturm and Jochen Hecht to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). With seven current NHLers, the German Elite League only ranks at the bottom end of the European leagues when it comes to lockout signings. Since the NHL lockout began, 155 players have moved overseas.
 

Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames has signed a lockout deal with Timra of the Swedish Elitserien
Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff currently earns his money in Sweden
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

As of September 22, 155 NHL players had signed contracts with European teams, including players who signed contracts for the duration of the lockout, and players who have committed themselves for at least a full season in Europe, regardless of the duration of the NHL labor dispute.

Below find a list released by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It lists NHL players who have signed contracts in Europe as a direct result of the labour dispute.

It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of former NHL-players who have signed with European clubs, players who would have done so regardless of the lockout.

(as of Sep 22, 2004)

Austria (1 player)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Villach

Jason Krog

Anaheim

CAN

Czech Republic (47 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Ceske Budejovice

Radek Martinek

N.Y. Islanders

CZE

Ceske Budejovice

Vaclav Prospal

Anaheim

CZE

Karlovy Vary

Martin Strbak

Pittsburgh

SVK

Kladno

Ivan Huml

Boston

CZE

Kladno

Frantisek Kaberle

Atlanta

CZE

Kladno

Tomas Kaberle

Toronto

CZE

Kladno

Jaromir Jagr

N.Y. Rangers

CZE

Liberec

Jiri Fischer

Detroit

CZE

Liberec

Ales Kotalik

Buffalo

CZE

Liberec

Radim Vrbata

Carolina

CZE

Liberec

Vaclav Nedorost

Florida

CZE

Litvinov

Tomas Kurka

Carolina

CZE

Litvinov

Martin Rucinsky

Vancouver

CZE

Litvinov

Martin Skoula

Anaheim

CZE

Litvinov

Jiri Slegr

Boston

CZE

Pardubice

Jan Bulis

Montreal

CZE

Pardubice

Milan Hejduk

Colorado

CZE

Pardubice

Ales Hemsky

Edmonton

CZE

Plzen

Martin Straka

Los Angeles

CZE

Plzen

Jaroslav Spacek

Columbus

CZE

Plzen

Milan Kraft

Pittsburgh

CZE

Slavia Prague

Zigmund Palffy

Los Angeles

SVK

Slavia Prague

Josef Stumpel

Los Angeles

SVK

Slavia Prague

Josef Vasicek

Carolina

CZE

Slavia Prague

Tomas Kloucek

Atlanta

CZE

Sparta Prague

Jan Hlavac

N.Y. Rangers

CZE

Sparta Prague

Karel Pilar

Toronto

CZE

Sparta Prague

David Vyborny

Columbus

CZE

Sparta Prague

Josef Melichar

Pittsburgh

CZE

Sparta Prague

Petr Nedved

Edmonton

CZE

Trinec

Michael Rozsival

PIttsburgh

CZE

Trinec

Radek Bonk

Montreal

CZE

Trinec

Pavel Brendl

Carolina

CZE

Vitkovice

Martin Prusek

Ottawa

CZE

Vitkovice

Marek Malik

Vancouver

CZE

Vitkovice

Pavel Kubina

Tampa Bay

CZE

Vitkovice

Vaclav Varada

Ottawa

CZE

Vsetin

Rostislav Klesla

Columbus

CZE

Vsetin

Roman Cechmanek

Los Angeles

CZE

Vsetin

Branko Radivojevic

Philadelphia

SVK

Zlin

Martin Erat

Nashville

CZE

Zlin

Roman Hamrlik

N.Y. Islanders

CZE

Zlin

Petr Cajanek

St. Louis

CZE

Znojmesti Orli

Patrik Elias

New Jersey

CZE

Znojmesti Orli

Karel Rachunek

N.Y. Rangers

CZE

Znojmesti Orli

Tomas Vokoun

Nashville

CZE

Finland (9 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

HIFK

Marek Zidlicky

Nashville

CZE

HPK

Jani Rita

Edmonton

FIN

HPK

Riku Hahl

Colorado

FIN

KalPa

Kimmo Timonen

Nashville

FIN

KalPa

Sami Kapanen

Philadelphia

FIN

Lukko

Esa Pirnes

Los Angeles

FIN

Lukko

Tomi Pettinen

Los Angeles

FIN

Pelicans

Pasi Nurminen

Atlanta

FIN

Tappara

Ville Nieminen

Calgary

FIN

France (2 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Epinal

Steve Gainey

Dallas

CAN

Mulhouse

Steve Montador

Calgary

CAN

Germany (7 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Adler Mannheim

Jochen Hecht

Buffalo

GER

Adler Mannheim

Sven Butenschön

N.Y. Islanders

GER

Adler Mannheim

Cristobal Huet

Montreal

FRA

Frankfurt

Stephane Robidas

Chicago

CAN

Ingolstadt

Marco Sturm

San Jose

GER

Ingolstadt

Andy McDonald

Anaheim

CAN

Iserlohn

Mike York

Edmonton

USA

Italy (4 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Asiago

Rico Fata

Pittsburgh

CAN

Bolzano

Jamie Lundmark

N.Y. Rangers

CAN

Cortina

Matt Cullen

Carolina

CAN

Milano

Craig Adams

Carolina

CAN

Latvia (1 player)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Riga 2000

Karlis Skrastins

Colorado

LAT

Norway (1 player)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Vålerenga

Anders Myrvold

Detroit

NOR

Russia (35 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

AK Bars Kazan

Fred Brathwaite

Columbus

CAN

AK Bars Kazan

Denis Arkhipov

Nashville

RUS

AK Bars Kazan

Ilya Kovalchuk

Atlanta

RUS

AK Bars Kazan

Alexei Morozov

Pittsburgh

RUS

AK Bars Kazan

Sergei Varlamov

St. Louis

RUS

CSKA Moscow

Alexander Frolov

Los Angeles

RUS

CSKA Moscow

Andrei Nikolishin

Colorado

RUS

CSKA Moscow

Nikolai Zherdev

Columbus

RUS

CSKA Moscow

Anton Volchenkov

Ottawa

RUS

Dynamo Moscow

Maxim Afinogenov

Buffalo

RUS

Dynamo Moscow

Andrei Markov

Montreal

RUS

Dynamo Moscow

Artem Chubarov

Vancouver

RUS

Dynamo Moscow

Maxim Kuznetsov

Los Angeles

RUS

Dynamo Moscow

Pavel Datsyuk

Detroit

RUS

Khimik Voskresensk

Slava Kozlov

Atlanta

RUS

Khimik Voskresensk

Vitaly Vishnevski

Anaheim

RUS

Lada Togliatti

Dainius Zubrus

Washington

LTU

Lada Togliatti

Alexander Semin

Washington

RUS

Lada Togliatti

Ivan Novoseltsev

Phoenix

RUS

Lada Togliatti

Viktor Kozlov

New Jersey

RUS

Lada Togliatti

Jussi Markkanen

Edmonton

FIN

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Igor Korolev

Chicago

RUS

Lokomotiv Yaroslav

Kiril Safronov

Atlanta

RUS

Lokomotiv Yaroslav

Denis Shvidki

Florida

RUS

Lokomotiv Yaroslav

Petr Schastlivy

Anaheim

RUS

Met. Magnitogorsk

Sergei Gonchar

Boston

RUS

Met. Magnitogorsk

Petr Sykora

Anaheim

CZE

Met. Magnitogorsk

Dmitri Kalinin

Buffalo

RUS

Met. Novokuznetsk

Andrei Nazarov

Phoenix

RUS

Salavat Yulaev

Andrei Zyuzin

Minnesota

RUS

Severstal Cher.

Oleg Kvasha

N.Y. Islanders

RUS

Sibir Novosibirsk

Alexander Karpovtsev

Florida

RUS

SKA St. Petersburg

Alexei Semenov

Edmonton

RUS

SKA St. Petersburg

Alexander Khavanov

St. Louis

RUS

SKA St. Petersburg

Garth Snow

N.Y. Islanders

USA

Slovakia (9 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Kosice

Jiri Bicek

New Jersey

SVK

Kosice

Ladislav Nagy

Phoenix

SVK

Liptovsky Mikulas

Martin Cibak

Tampa Bay

SVK

Skalica

Miroslav Zalesak

San Jose

SVK

Skalica

Josef Balej

N.Y. Rangers

SVK

Dukla Trencin

Marian Gaborik

Minnesota

SVK

Dukla Trencin

Pavol Demitra

St. Louis

SVK

Dukla Trencin

Marian Hossa

Ottawa

SVK

Zilina

Ronald Petrovicky

Atlanta

SVK

Switzerland (8 players)

Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Ambri-Piotta

Kim Johnsson

Philadelphia

SWE

Davos

Niklas Hagman

Florida

FIN

Davos

Joe Thornton

Boston

CAN

Davos

Rick Nash

Columbus

CAN

Kloten

Olli Jokinen

Florida

FIN

Langnau

Martin Gerber

Carolina

SUI

Lugano

David Aebischer

Colorado

SUI

Zug

Niko Kapanen

Dallas

FIN

Sweden (34 players)



Current Team

Player Name

NHL Team

Nationality

Björklöven

Richard Jackman

Pittsburgh

CAN

Boden

Andrew Peters

Buffalo

CAN

Djurgården

Daniel Tjärnqvist

Atlanta

SWE

Djurgården

Mariusz Czerkawski

N.Y. Islanders

POL

Djurgården

Nils Ekman

San Jose

SWE

Djurgården

Marcus Nilson

Calgary

SWE

Färjestad

Christian Berglund

Florida

SWE

Frölunda

Christian Bäckman

St. Louis

SWE

Frölunda

Per-Johan Axelsson

Boston

SWE

Frölunda

Samuel Påhlsson

Anaheim

SWE

Leksand

Michael Ryder

Anaheim

CAN

Linköping

Kristian Huselius

Florida

SWE

Linköping

Brendan Morrison

Vancouver

CAN

Linköping

Mike Knuble

Philadelphia

USA

Linköping

Henrik Tallinder

Buffalo

SWE

Luleå

Niclas Wallin

Carolina

SWE

Luleå

Justin Williams

Carolina

CAN

Luleå

Tomas Holmström

Detroit

SWE

Mora

Shawn Horcoff

Edmonton

CAN

Mora

Daniel Cleary

Phoenix

CAN

Mora

Andreas Lilja

Nashville

SWE

MoDo

Henrik Sedin

Vancouver

SWE

MoDo

Daniel Sedin

Vancouver

SWE

MoDo

Mattias Weinhandl

N.Y. Islanders

SWE

MoDo

Pierre Hedin

Toronto

SWE

MoDo

Markus Näslund tba

Vancouver

SWE

MoDo

N. Sundström tba

Montreal

SWE

MoDo

Mattias Timander

Philadelphia

SWE

MoDo

Peter Forsberg

Colorado

SWE

Södertälje

Dick Tärnström

Pittsburgh

SWE

Södertälje

Niclas Hävelid

Atlanta

SWE

Timrå

Miikka Kiprusoff

Calgary

FIN

Timrå

Aki-Petteri Berg

Toronto

FIN

Timrå

Henrik Zetterberg

Detroit

SWE



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