November 30, 2004
Over There

Martin St. Louis plays in Lausanne, Switzerland.

With the National Hockey League owners and the NHL Players Association in the midst of a bitter impasse with regard to the collective bargaining agreement, a number of players — sensing no end to the current stalement — are plying their trades in European leagues.

As of right now, 31 former collegians who would otherwise be skating in the NHL are playing overseas. Sweden is the most popular destination, with nine players there, while five skaters have joined teams in Germany and Switzerland. Two programs have four players apiece moonlighting in Europe — Michigan (Mike Comrie, Mike Knuble, Brendan Morrison and Marty Turco) and St. Cloud State (Tyler Arnason, Matt Cullen, Ryan Malone and Duvie Westcott).

The complete list, as of Nov. 30:

Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Jason Krog New Hampshire (Anaheim) Villach
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Ryan Malone St. Cloud State (Pittsburgh) Espoo
Jarkko Ruutu Michigan Tech (Vancouver) HIFK
Duvie Westcott St. Cloud State (Columbus) Jyvaskyla
Adam Hall Michigan State (Nashville) KalPa
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Mark Rycroft Denver (St. Louis) Briancon  
Steve Reinprecht Wisconsin (Calgary) Mulhouse
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Jim Dowd Lake Superior State (Montreal) Hamburg
Tom Preissing Colorado College (San Jose) Krefeld
Andy McDonald Colgate (Anaheim) Ingolstadt
Mike York Michigan State (Edmonton) Iserlohn
Eric Boguniecki New Hampshire (St. Louis) Nurenberg
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Derek Bekar New Hampshire (NY Islanders) Dundee
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Matt Cullen St. Cloud State (Florida) Cortina
Craig Adams Harvard (Carolina) Milano
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Garth Snow Maine (NY Islanders) SKA St. Petersburg
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Matt Pettinger Denver (Washington) ZM Olimpija
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Jeff Halpern Princeton (Washington) Ajoie
Paul Martin Minnesota (New Jersey) Fribourg-Gotteron
Andy Sutton Michigan Tech (unsigned) GCK
Martin St. Louis Vermont (Tampa Bay) Lausanne
Dany Heatley Wisconsin (Atlanta) SC Bern
Player College (NHL Team) European Team
Ian Moran Boston College (Boston) Bofors
Tyler Arnason St. Cloud State (Chicago) Byrnas
Marty Turco Michigan (Dallas) Djurgarden
Dan Boyle Miami (Tampa Bay) Djurgarden
Mike Comrie Michigan (Phoenix) Farjestad
Jamal Mayers Western Michigan (St. Louis) Hammarby
Brendan Morrison Michigan (Vancouver) Linkoping
Mike Knuble Michigan (Philadelphia) Linkoping
Shawn Horcoff Michigan State (Edmonton) Mora

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