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Random Useless Trivia About ‘The New Guy’

By Alanah Downie One of the entertaining things about pre-season is getting to know your team's new players. With that in mind, I drew up a quick list of odd trivia about one new member of every team. Maybe what's common knowledge to fans of their old teams is not necessarily known by their new fans. (Plus, it's more totally useless nonesense to fill your head with!) So here are some random facts about 'The New Guy'' on each team. Maybe readers who know a lot more about these players -- perhaps because the guy played on your team last year? -- will fill in some more trivia in the comments. Or feel free to provide random facts about other 'New Guys' not mentioned here. P.S. Thanks to Paul for throwing in some of the trivia. Anaheim Ducks - Chris Pronger 1) Pronger's nickname for Jaromir Jagr is "Puffnuts". 2) Also, Pronger was once diagnosed as having a heart attack during a game.(source) Atlanta Thrashers - Jason Krog Krog was the winner of the 1999 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. (source) Boston Bruins - Mark Mowers Mowers is married to former NCAA gymnast (and 1994 ECAC Rookie of the Year) Jana Reardon. (source)

Buffalo Sabres - Jaroslav Špaček
Adding up his NHL salary since 1998, Spacek has made $8.8 million in his career.  I’m not sure why you might need to know this, but what the hell. (source)

Calgary Flames - Andrei Zyuzin
Zyuzin was suspended by the San Jose Sharks for the remainder of the season, on April 1st of 1999. Grounds for suspension were for leaving the team without permission. He was traded to Tampa that summer. (source)

Carolina Hurricanes - John Grahame
Grahame’s father was NHL goalie Ron Grahame. According to the Wikipedia: “They remain the only father-son goaltending combination ever to play for the same NHL team…” (source) Update: According to a commenter below, we can add Brent Johnson and his father to this list—both played for the Blues.

Chicago Blackhawks - Michal Handzus
Handzus: “A center whose gritty, fearless play frequently prompted Flyers fans to chant ‘Z-O-O-O-O-S’...” (source)

Colorado Avalanche - Tyler Arnason
Arnason is the son of former NHLer Chuck Arnason, who played 8 seasons in the NHL, including time with the Colorado Rockies. (source)

Columbus Blue Jackets - Fredrik Modin
Modin had himself a great time with the Stanley Cup in Sweden a couple years ago.  “Birch schnapps” was involved. (source)

Dallas Stars - Eric Lindros
Injury-wise, ‘Lindros’ is often considered synonymous with ‘concussion’ but it’s often forgotten that he missed the 1999 playoffs because of a collapsed lung. (source)

Detroit Red Wings - Danny Markov
(Be prepared for pop-ups on these links.) There is actually a Yahoo! Group online called “The Danny Markov Appreciation Society”.  (There’s only 10 members, so maybe Wings fans can kick it up a notch.)  Alternately, there is also “The Danny Markov Worship Page” or Just plain old “Danny Markov Central”.  Many ways to love Danny, apparently.

Edmonton Oilers - Daniel Tjarnqvist
A great rookie start: “In his first NHL season with the Thrashers in 2001-02 Tjarnqvist led all NHL rookies in shifts per game…  was second in ice time per game… shared the lead among all rookie defensemen in points… and topped all rookie defensemen in assists.” (source)

Florida Panthers - Alex Auld
Auld performed the goalie motion-capture that was used to develop the new NHL 07 game (xBox 360). (source)

Los Angeles Kings - Dan Cloutier
Cloutier dominated what was probably the best goalie fight of all time. Poor Tommy Salo. (video source)

Minnesota Wild - Pavol Demitra
Demitra says his hockey idol growing up was Igor Larionov.  Demitra is also a big fan of the shootout. (source)

Montreal Canadiens - Mike Johnson
Good grief… is there any remotely interesting trivia about Mike Johnson? Let the rest of us know. Although I will say, he seems to attract more than his share of teenaged girl fans.

Nashville Predators - Jason Arnott
Scored the double-overtime goal that won the Stanley Cup for New Jersey in 2000. (source)

New Jersey Devils - Claude Julien (coach)
Julien played 14 games in the NHL for the Nordiques. He collected 1 assist and 25 penalty minutes. (source)

New York Islanders - Brendan Witt
When Witt isn’t playing hockey, some of his favorite things are surfing, fishing and eating Thai food.

New York Rangers - Brendan Shanahan
Playing for Team Canada, Shanahan has won gold medals at almost all levels of international play, but he also has dual citizenship as a Canadian and American. Here’s a large stash of photos someone might enjoy.

Ottawa Senators - Dean McAmmond
McAmmond believes that after a tendon injury in 1995, it was a Texas evangelist named Billy Smith who cured him by laying hands on his foot and delivering the “healing touch of God”. (source)

Philadephia Flyers - Kyle Calder
Calder’s favorite player is Wayne Gretzky.  Beyond that, I’ve got nothing.

Phoenix Coyotes - Owen Nolan
Nolan’s “first two goals in the [1999 All Star Game] set the record for fastest two goals by a player at just eight seconds apart”. (source

Pittsburgh Penguins - Mark Eaton
Eaton was the first ice hockey player to be named Delaware’s athlete of the year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association on Jan. 27, 2000.

San Jose Sharks - Mike Grier
Grier was named as a First Team All Star for the 1994-95 season at Boston University. (source)

St. Louis Blues - Bill Guerin
Guerin’s agent once said that Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello—who was also the GM of Team USA’s Olympic Men’s hockey team in 1997—threatened Guerin with not being named to the national team if he wouldn’t sign a contract with the Devils.  Brett Hull threatened to boycott the team if Guerin wasn’t named. Guerin did ultimately get added to the team. (source)

Tampa Bay Lightning - Andy Delmore
Delmore played 66 AHL games last season, and represented the Syracuse Crunch in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic. (source)

Toronto Maple Leafs - Michael Peca
Peca’s first favourite Leafs player was Lanny McDonald. (source)

Vancouver Canucks - Roberto Luongo
Speaks 4 languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish. (source)

Washington Capitals - Donald Brashear
Brashear’s career might be measured in penalty minutes, but he can score a sweet goal once in a blue moon… (video source)


Having been buried in hockey talk all summer, I’ll now be taking a short break. I look forward to seeing you all again here at Kukla’s Korner and at my own home VCOE when I get back.  I’ll return with On the Hockey Blogs and other feature stories on KK in late September.

Thanks very much for the warm welcome from KK readers since I joined—see you soon!

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