Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ex-NHLers in Norway.

I posted some Norwegian elite league jerseys in the comments over at TSO yesterday. One of the photos were of ex-NHLer Jean-Luc Grande-Pierre. This gave me the idea to check the websites of the 9 Norwegian elite league clubs and see who has experience from North American pro hockey (people without AHL/NHL experience excluded). So here we go. In random order:

Lørenskog IK has:
Mike Stuart (D) (born 1980, Rochester, MN). Drafted 137th overall by the Preds in 2000. Has 4 years at Colorado college. 7 pointless WJC games in 2000, a bunch of AHL games and 3 NHL games in 03/04 and 05/06 with the Blues, with no points and 2 PIM.
Marco Charpentier (F) (born 1980, Montreal,QC). 5 seasons in the QMJHL, a lot of minor leagues and 2 partial seasons with Bridgeport in AHL.
Three other North Americans with experience from college hockey, ECHL or other minor leagues.

Vålerenga IF
Patrick DesRochers (G) (1979, Ontario). Drafted 14th overall in 98 by Phoenix. 5 OHL years, 1 world cup, many seasons in the AHL and 9 games with the Coyotes and 2 with the Canes in the NHL. His NHL stats are quite bad.
Regan Kelly (D),(1981,Saskatchewan). Drafted 259th in 2000 by the Flyers. 3 AHL seasons with St.John's Maple Leafs.
Blake Evans (F)(1980, Kindersly, CAN). Drafted 251th over all by the Caps in 98. 5 AHL seasons.

Manglerud Star
Scotty Balan (D), (1982, Red Deer, AB). Drafted 106th overall by the Hawks in 2000. 38 AHL games in total with just 1 point.
Three other North Americans, all with NCAA experience.

Storhamar Dragons

Tim Konsorada (F), (1984, Fort Saskatchewan). Drafted 168th overall in 02 by the BJs. 5 WHL seasons, some time in ECHL and 28 games with Syracause Crunch over two seasons.
Darrel Hay (D), (1980, Kamloops, BC). Drafted 271th overall by the Canucks in 99. 106 AHL games, among them 4 with the Griffins in 07/08.

Sparta Warriors
Bryan Lundbohm, (F), (1977, Roseau, MN). 9 partial AHL seasons.
And a Czech with some USHL experience.

Anders Myrvold (D), (1975, Lørenskog, Norway). Drafted 127th overall in 93 by the Nordiques. Lots of AHL seasons. 33 NHL games with 4 different teams, including 8 games with the Wings in 03/04.
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, (D), (1977, Montreal). Drafted 179th overall in 95 by the Blues. Has 269 NHL games with 4 different teams.

Stavanger Oilers

Frisk Tigers
René Corbet (F), (1973, Victoriaville, PQ. Drafted 24th overall by the Nordiques in 91. 362 regluar season NHL games, 71 playoff games and a Stanley Cup with the Avs in 96. He had a goal and a fight in the blood game.

So as you see, hockey sucks here. I have no idea why I wrote this. Guess I thought it'd be cool to check it out for my own sake.

Former Norwegian elite leaguers with NHL experience include Serge Boisvert, Scott Hartnell, Chris Mason, Espen Knutsen and Martin Kariya.


  1. This is an awesome post; I love that you cap it off with "you see, hockey sucks here." Why is that? I've always wondered that about Norway.

  2. It's because we have 20-30 youth teams, little public support and no media coverage