2014 Winter Olympics Rosters – Austria

Here is the roster for Austria for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Teams play in the National Hockey League (NHL) unless otherwise stated.

KEY: Player Name, Team, History At Olympics


Michael Grabner, New York Islanders (1st appearance)
Raphael Herburger, EHC Biel (NLA) (1st appearance)
Thomas Hundertpfund, Timra (Allsvenskan) (1st appearance)
Matthias Iberer, EHC Linz (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Thomas Koch, Klagenfurter AC (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Andreas Kristler, EC Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Manuel Latusa, EC Red Bukll Salzburg (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Brian Lebler, EHC Linz (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Daniel Oberkofler, EHC Linz (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Michael Raffl, Philadelphia Flyers (1st appearance)
Thomas Raffl, EC Salzburg (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Oliver Setzinger, Lausanne HC (NLA) (1st appearance)
Thomas Vanek, New York Islanders (1st appearance)
Daniel Welser, EC Salzburg (EBEL) (1st appearance)


Mario Altmann, Villacher SV (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Florian Iberer, Klagenfurter AC (EBEL) (1st appearance)
André Lakos, KLH Chomutov (Czech Extraliga) (2nd appearance – 4GP 0G 0A 6PIM)
Robert Lukas, EHC Linz (EBEL) (2nd appearance – 4GP 0G 0A 0PIM)
Thomas Pöck, Klagenfurter AC (EBEL) (2nd appearance – 4GP 0G 0A 2PIM)
Matthias Trattnig, EC Salzburg (EBEL) (2nd appearance – 4GP 1G 1A 2PIM)
Stefan Ulmer, HC Lugano (NLA) (1st appearance)
Gerhard Unterluggauer, Villacher SV (EBEL) (2nd appearance – 8GP 2G 0A 8PIM)


Bernhard Starkbaum, Brynas (SHL) (1st appearance)
René Swette, Klagenfurter AC (EBEL) (1st appearance)
Fabian Weinhandl Klagenfurter AC (EBEL) (1st appearance)


2014 Winter Olympics Rosters – Slovakia

Here is the roster for Slovakia for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Teams play in the National Hockey League (NHL) unless otherwise stated.

KEY: Player Name, Team, History At Olympics


Milan Bartovic, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)
Michal Handzus, Chicago Blackhawks (3rd appearance – 9GP 4G 3A 6PIM)
Marcel Hossa, Dinamo Riga (KHL) (3rd appearance – 13GP 0G 1A 0PIM)
Marián Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (4th appearance – 15GP 12G 13A 10PIM)
Tomas Jurco, Detroit Red Wings (1st appearance)
Tomas Kopecký, Florida Panthers (2nd appearance – 7GP 1G 0A 2PIM)
Tomas Marcinko, HC Košice (Tipsport Extraliga) (1st appearance)
Michel Miklik, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)
Richard Pánik, Tampa Bay Lightning (1st appearance)
Branko Radivojevic, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (2nd appearance – 7GP 0G 0A 6PIM)
Tomas Surovy, HC Dinamo Minsk (KHL) (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 1A 2PIM)
Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (1st appearance)
Tomas Zaborsky, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) (1st appearance)
Peter Ölvecký, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)


Ivan Baranka, Avangard Omsk (KHL) (2nd appearance – 2GP 0G 1A 0PIM)
Zdeno Chára, Boston Bruins (3rd appearance – 13GP 1G 4A 8PIM)
Dominik Granak, HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL) (1st appearance)
Martin Marincin, Edmonton Oilers (1st appearance)
Andrej Meszaros, Philadelphia Flyers (3rd appearance – 13GP 0G 2A 8PIM)
Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes (2nd appearance – 7GP 1G 0A 0PIM)
Michal Sersen, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)
Lubomir Visnovsky, New York Islanders (5th appearance – 19GP 4G 4A 2PIM)


Peter Budaj, Montreal Canadiens (3rd appearance – 3GP .924 SV% 2.01GAA)
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues (2nd appearance – 7GP .911SV% 2.41GAA)
Ján Laco, HC Donbass Donetsk (KHL) (1st appearance)

*replaces Marián Gáborík, Columbus Blue Jackets 0n the roster due to injury


The Junior Report #2- You The Mantha!

Welcome one and all to the second edition of The Junior Report!

Well the games have officially begun. It was Day 1 of the 2014 World Juniors! No more pre-competition now the games really mattered. Canada opened up against Germany and like the previous “pre-competition” games Canada found themselves down early as a weird bounce put the Germans up 1-0. Canada quickly responded with a beautiful set up and play by Matt Dumba (7th Overall 2012 Minnesota Wild)  to tie it up at 1-1 then go up 2-1 before Adam Pelech (65th Overall 2012 New York Islanders) gave away the puck for the Germans to tie it up at 2-2. Canada then took control for the rest of the game and was lead by Anthony Mantha (20th overall 2013 Detroit Red Wings) who scored a Hat trick and lead Canada to a 7-2 victory. Canada played well and you can see the chemistry coming together just need to wake up early in the game as other teams might not be as easy to come back against. In other scores Russia dominated Norway by a score of 11-0. The USA topped the Czech Republic by a score of 5-1 and Sweden sneaked by Switzerland 5-3. Canada takes on the Czech Republic on Saturday Morning 11:30am EST on TSN.

Now when I decided to give this blog/article a shot I didn’t feel like just doing play by play I wanted to give something else something different to read that you might not read everywhere else so In the coming editions of The Junior Report! We will look back at the NHL Success or failures of the last 10 players that donned the “C” for Team Canada. We will also look into if Canada performs better on home ice or not. Also an article on the infamous “Punch-Up in Piestany”. That and many more on future editions of The Junior Report !

For Boredhockeyfan.com I am Dan Thompson, ‘Have a Good Night And A Pleasant Tommorow”


2013-14 Season Schedule Released

With the announcement of NHL players being able to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the NHL released the schedule for the upcoming 2013-13 NHL season. This season will include the Winter Classic, which was cancelled last season due to the lockout, but will include the two teams that were meant to play in the Winter Classic, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Also included are five more outdoor games as well as the Winter Classic. Ottawa and Vancouver will contest the 2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic, and the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will be four matchups, involving the Anaheim Ducks against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium, New York Rangers versus New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers versus New York Islanders, both taking place in Yankee Stadium and Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field.

There will be a break from Feb 9-25, to make way for the Winter Olympics, where the majority of NHL players will be taking part.


Training Camp Opens — Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013

Exhibition Games Begin — Friday, Sept. 13

Regular Season Opens — Tuesday, Oct. 1

Hall of Fame Game — Friday, Nov. 8

Christmas Break — Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26

2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic — Tuesday, Jan. 1 2014

Hockey Day In Canada — Saturday, Jan. 18

NHL Stadium Series — Ducks @ Kings — Saturday, Jan. 25

NHL Stadium Series — Rangers @ Devils — Sunday, Jan. 26

NHL Stadium Series — Rangers @ Islanders — Wednesday, Jan. 29

NHL Stadium Series — Penguins @ Blackhawks — Saturday, March 1

2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic — Senators @ Canucks — Sunday, March 2

Olympic Break — Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25

Last Day of Regular Season — Sunday, Apr. 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin — Wednesday, Apr. 16

For full schedule details, including team by team schedules, visit NHL.com.


New Division Names!!

Six divisions have now become four, as the NHL released the names of the new divisions, which will be in place starting from the 2013-14 season.

The Atlantic Division will consist of: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Metropolitan Division will consist of: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The Central Division will consist of: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The Pacific Division will consist of: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

The Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will make up the Eastern Conference, whilst the Central and Pacific will be the Western Conference. Detroit and Columbus are moving to the East, and Winnipeg is moving West. The schedule makes sure that all 30 teams will play in all 30 arenas at least once in the regular season.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still be made up of 16 teams, but qualifying for the dance has been modified. The top three from each division will automatically qualify, and the final four spots will be made up of ‘wild card’ teams from both conferences, regardless of division, meaning it is possible for one division to send five teams, and the other only send three to the playoffs.

The playoff seedings will still be based on points earned in the regular season. The winner of the conference, who will be the division winner with the highest points,  will face the wild-card team with the fewest points. Second in the conference, and the other division winner, will face the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

The four winners will advance on to play for a berth in the conference championship series, with the winner of the conference advancing to the Stanley Cup.

That Damn Hockey Blog

That Damn Hockey Blog: I Want A Contract With The Islanders pt.2

Alexei Yashin was a stud for the Ottawa Senators on the ice. Off the ice, he would complain about contracts until the cows came home. He refused to play in the 95-96 season until he was made the highest paid player on the team. In 1998, he was to donate a million dollars to the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, however the NAC learned that a condition of the donation would be to pay Yashin’s parents $425,000, they balked at the idea, and Yashin cancelled the donation.

There would be more contract disputes to come, with Yashin refusing to honor the last year of his contract before the 1999-00 season due to demanding a raise and the Senators declining, he then demanded a trade. Ottawa responded by suspending him for the 99-00 season instead. Yashin, who was meant to be a free agent after the season, was refused free agent status by an NHL Arbitrator, and instead had to play out the final year of his contract in the 2000-01 season. Which lead the Ottawa Senators to trade Yashin at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, to the New York Islanders. Which brought about one of hockey’s great debates. Which was worse? The contract the Islanders gave Yashin, or the players they traded in order to get Yashin.

New York traded forward Bill Muckalt, defenseman Zdeno Chara, and the second overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, which just happened to be Jason Spezza. The Islanders hoped that Yashin would provide the spark they needed, after picking up 94 and 88 points respectively, in the last two years he played.
Muckalt only spent one season in Ottawa, and didnt really come to much. Chara has become one of the most feared defensemen, not just for the Boston Bruins, but in the National Hockey League, and Spezza has become the forward centerpiece in Ottawa and looks to be a future captain.

But what about Yashin? He is the focal point of this blog after all. Well, the Islanders had so much faith in the Russian, that they signed him to a 10 year, 87.5 million dollar contract. Most found that an untradeable contract, but it was clear that in their eyes, Yashin was an Islander for the rest of his career. In his first year, Yashin helped the Islanders make the playoffs, but they never got past the first round during his tenure there, and after the first year, his production declined.

Even after they retooled the roster around Yashin for the 2005-06 season, it didnt help, as the Islanders bought out his contract at the end of the 2006-07 season, leaving them with a cap hit of just over $2.2mil until 2015. Yashin is currently the eighth highest cap hit for forwards on the Islanders roster, even though he reitred from hockey in 2012. Yashin is a prime example of gambling gone horribly, horribly wrong. If the Islanders hadn’t of made the deal, then chances are they would still have Zdeno Chara and Jason Spezza in their lineup, and who knows where they’d be now. Maybe where they expected to be with Yashin.

That Damn Hockey Blog

That Damn Hockey Blog: I Want A Contract With The Islanders pt.1

Ah, the Islanders. They currently have the most room in the salary cap, according to CapGeek.com, which is surprising, considering the Islanders have probably the two worst contracts in the history of hockey. One of which ended only recently because of a compliance buyout, and the other is for someone who hasn’t played since 2007. They are, of course, Rick DiPietro and Alexei Yashin.

DiPietro was drafted first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, three years after the Islanders drafted Roberto Luongo. Considered to be the real future of the franchise, Luongo was traded to the Florida Panthers the same day DiPietro was drafted, so the pressure was on even before he hit the ice. After just 3 wins out of 20 in his first season, he never played again in the NHL until the 2002-03 season (which was only 11 games, one of which was a playoff shutout), before gaining the starting role the following season.

After four season of not the greatest goaltending, and 2 wins from 9 in playoffs, DiPietro was signed to a 15-year, $67.5 million contract. A week before his 26th birthday, the Islanders actually wanted to make the signing a year earlier, but the NHL discouraged the idea. The NHL knew that giving him a 15 year contract would be absolutely stupid, given the contract they gave Alexei Yashin in 2001 (I’ll get to it, don’t worry), but the Islanders gave him the contract anyway.

After one win from four in the first year of his 15-year deal, his last playoff appearance, 2007 also saw the decline of DiPietro, as injuries began to take their toll, and since 2008, has only played in 50 games for the Islanders, for just 14 wins. The misery finally ended, when his contract was bought out on July 1, 2013. However, even though it doesn’t affect the salary cap, DiPietro will still be paid $1.5 million until 2029. He will be 48.

If you think that the Islanders screwed that one up, the next part will prove that they didn’t learn from their mistakes.

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2013 NHL Entry Draft – By Team

Who did your team draft in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft? Find out by following the links below.


Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Winnipeg Jets


Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals

New York Islanders

2013 NHL Entry Draft – New York Islanders

Here is a look at whom the New York Islanders drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 15 – Ryan Pulock (D) – Canada – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
3 – 70 – Eamon McAdam (G) – United States – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
3 – 76 – Taylor Cammarata (C/LW) – United States – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
4 – 106 – Stephon Williams (G) – United States – Minnesota State Mavericks (WCHA)
5 – 136 – Viktor Crus Rydberg (C) – Sweden – Linkoping J20 (SuperElit)
6 – 166 – Alan Quine (C) – Canada – Belleville Bulls (OHL)
7 – 196 – Kyle Burroughs (D) – Canada – Regina Pats (WHL)


New York Islanders acquire Cal Clutterbuck (RW) and 2013 3rd Rd pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Nino Niederreiter (RW)

Minnesota Wild

2013 NHL Entry Draft – Minnesota Wild

Here is a look at whom the Minnesota Wild drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

2 – 46 – Gustav Olofsson (D) – Sweden – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 – 81 – Kurtis Gabriel (RW) – Canada – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
4 – 107 – Dylan Labbe (D) – Canada – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
5 – 137 – Carson Soucy (D) – Canada – Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
6 – 167 – Avery Peterson (C) – United States – Grand Rapids High (USHS)
7 – 197 – Nolan De Jong (D) – Canada – Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
7 – 200 – Alexandre Belanger (G) – Canada – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)


Minnesota Wild acquire Nino Niederreiter (RW) from the New York Islanders  in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck (RW) and 2013 3rd Rd pick

Minnesota Wild acquire Benn Ferriero (C/RW) and 2014 6th Rd pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for Justin Falk (D)