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Metropolit Wants To Return To The NHL

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Glen Metropolit does this every day, in the small, postcard-pretty lakeside city of Zug, Switzerland:

“First thing in the morning, I’ve got to check on the guys,” Metropolit said Sunday of his Internet routine. “Got to check out my team. I’m watching the boxscores, trying to check on my old linemate, Darchie, my buddy Hal. I’m glad Gorgie is back.”

Metropolit is speaking of the Canadiens, of course, and of former teammates Mathieu Darche, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges.

The Habs are Metropolit’s team, his sweater for 90 games from 2008-10. Montreal is home for his heart, no matter that he played on six other clubs between 1999-2010 during his 407-game National Hockey League career.

And Metropolit, the leading scorer in the Swiss National A League last season, hopes there might be a 408th NHL game in his future.

The 37-year-old centreman is in a strange place, as breathtaking as the scenery might be. EV Zug, the club with which he signed for a year and an option 14 months ago, has five imports; that’s one more than can be dressed for games.

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Former NHLer’s in Europe

This week I will take a look at some former NHL players now playing in various European leagues. With the implementation of the salary cap, the average NHL players’ career is now ending when they hit their mid-thirties, as GM’s round out their roster with younger, less expensive options. This recent trend has led to an influx of big name players, such as Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov, heading overseas for better contracts and a chance to lengthen their career. Do most of these players repeat their NHL success overseas or are they clearly at the twilight of their careers?

Dominik Hasek
Spartak

Hasek was signed last summer after leading HC Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga championship. However, Hasek has struggled this year with a 4-10 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .898 save percentage as Spartak currently sit 18th out of 23 KHL teams.

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Glen Metropolit Made The Correct Career Decision

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

No matter the kaleidoscopic jersey, Metropolit is having a blast in Switzerland on his 16th professional team, having signed on for two years.

He’s earning probably half the face value of last season’s $1-million Canadiens salary, but consider: not a euro of his pay is going into escrow, two of his three children are enrolled without cost in a prestigious English-language international school, he and his wife, Michlyn, are driving new BMWs provided for free, parking them in the driveway of a comfortable rent-free condo, and he pays no taxes.

“What a decision I made, coming here. I’m glad I didn’t stick around in North America and wait,” Metropolit said. “It’s the best choice I’ve probably made in my life.

“It’s caught me by surprise, what guys are signing for over there,” he added, watching from afar as the NHL’s dwindling pool of free agents agrees to salary-cap-squeezed contracts.

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Morning Line

“It came to the point that I could stick around and probably get a one-year deal here, but what for? ... I’m leaving the NHL as a Montreal Canadien. What more can I say? I’ve been blessed with all the teams I’ve played for and all the people I’ve met.”

-Glen Metropolit who signed with EV Zug in Switzerland.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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Report- Glen Metropolit Out With A Separated Shoulder

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

The Canadiens aren’t saying so, calling it just an upper-body injury that will be re-evaluated Monday when the club returns to practice, but forward Glen Metropolit suffered a separated shoulder in tonight’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Metropolit played just two shifts totalling 1:21, getting two shots on goal. He was returning to action after having been a healthy scratch Thursday vs. Florida. That was the first game the 35-year-old veteran had missed this season since a six-game span in October when he was dealing with a rib injury.

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Life Decisions

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“There will be a time,” Trevor Daley was saying, “when the streets come calling.” The Dallas Stars defenceman was sitting with Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit, a friend and idol of youth nine years his senior who, in many ways, had walked the same challenging road to the National Hockey League.

“When that time comes, you’ve got to have the willpower to know what decision you need to make,” Daley continued. “Glennie and I had to make those decisions to get where we are today.

“I’m sure we’ve made some wrong decisions. I know I have along the way. But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially when the streets come calling. You get into that position: ‘Do I run with these guys, or those guys?’ ” Metropolit, 35, and Daley, 26, grew up without privilege, luxury or any sense of entitlement in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park district.

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Giving Back To The Community

from insideToronto,

It was an emotional homecoming for former Regent Park resident and current Philadelphia Flyer Glen Metropolit, as he and New Jersey Devil Kevin Weekes dropped by the Wellesley Community Centre to sign autographs and make a special announcement last Friday.

The duo’s visit was part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Goals and Dreams program, in which the NHLPA donates hockey equipment to children and youth in at-risk communities. Last week’s donation saw 110 new sets of equipment donated to help programs in Regent Park, St. James Town and elsewhere in the city.

The gesture was extremely meaningful for Metropolit, who choked up while speaking to the crowd of youngsters assembled from local camps and organizations.

continued and the NHLPA has a nice feature on Metropolit too…

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Hockey as an Escape

From AFP,

Glen Metropolit has scored over 100 points in six seasons in the National Hockey League but no amount of success will erase the memories of the gangs, pimps and crackheads of his youth.

Raised in poverty by a single mother and shuffled in and out of foster homes, hockey became an escape for Metropolit and a way out of one of Canada’s most violent and drug-ridden inner city slums.

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Staying One Stride Ahead

from Kevin Paul Dupont,

Life in the Regent Park section of Cabbage Town was without certainty or luxury, especially for Metropolit, who grew up with only pennies in his pocket and little more than the hockey stick and ball he carried in his hands.

“He took that stick and ball with him everywhere,” his mother recalled. “He’d be on the couch, and there were times I’d be, ‘OK, Glen, enough . . . put that stuff down!’ “

Today a key component of the Bruins’ offense, the 33-year-old Metropolit has carved a pro hockey career out of less than ice shavings. He grew up poor, never knew his biological father, spent portions of his early childhood with relatives and in foster homes, and only began to inch up the hockey ladder in his late teens when a neighborhood pal suggested he try out for the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Junior B squad. He made it, on the last cut, and has spent the last 15 or so years skating one stride ahead of the next cut.

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The Life Story of Glen Metropolit

From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

But not even Hollywood would need to embellish the life story of Bruins center Glen Metropolit, and the immense disadvantages and obstacles he overcame on his way to being an NHL player. If you think his story would also make a good movie, you’re not alone: The 33-year-old Metropolit has already been approached by filmmakers.

“It’s a firm out here somewhere, and they’re very serious about doing it,” said Metropolit. “I think it may happen, but I told them, ‘You know what? The story’s not done yet. I’m not done yet. Let’s wait ’til the story’s over.’ ”

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