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Latvian Legion 2011/12

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Latest Update: February 2, 2011 (+ Ozollapa, Astasenko, Kurnigins, Smits, Kulikovs, Rabcevskis, Baburins, Grinbergs, Jakobsons, Tampe, Ponatovskis, Demiters, Sorokins; updated Tjoluskins, Legzdins, Pujacs, Kuplais, Dmitrijevs, Danemanis, Lavrovs, K.Kalnins, Zolmanis, Cerins, V.Ozolins, Nimanis; – Jasjonis, N.Semjonovs, Apelis, Zarins, Olesko, Fadejevs)

This is a list of all the Latvian players abroad for the 2011/12 season. The current list includes 175 players.

This list is never going to be fully complete and that is why any additions or corrections are welcomed at the comments section.

North America

  • NHL
  1. Oskars Bartulis – Philadelphia Flyers (a possible call-up)
  2. Kaspars Daugavins – Ottawa Senators
  3. Arturs Kulda – Winnipeg Jets (a possible call-up)
  4. Raitis Ivanans – Calgary Flames (a possible call-up)
  • AHL
  1. Kaspars Daugavins – Binghamton Senators (a possible reassign)
  2. Arturs Kulda – St. John’s IceCaps
  3. Oskars Bartulis – Adirondack Phantoms
  4. Raitis Ivanans – Abbotsford Heat
  • WHL
  1. Kristians Pelss – Edmonton Oil Kings
  • QMJHL
  1. Nikita Kolesnikovs – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
  • USHL
  1. Zemgus Girgensons – Dubuque Fighting Saints
  2. Ralfs Freibergs – Lincoln Stars
  • NAHL
  1. Kristaps Bazevics – Alaska Avalanche
  • USHS
  1. Teodors Blugers – Shattuck St. Mary’s
  • NA3HL
  1. Mareks Kepals – Toledo Cherokee
  2. Toms Taurins (1991) – Twin City Steel
  3. Nauris Buskevics – Quad City Jr. Flames
  4. Toms Taurins (1995) – Quad City Jr. Flames
  • WSHL
  1. Ivo Dmitrijevs – Arizona Red Hawks
  2. Danils Kulikovs – Cheyenne Stampede
  3. Roberts Rabcevskis – Phoenix Knights
  • NCAA III
  1. Dainis Vasiljevs – Finlandia University
  • GMHL
  1. Ainis Zalans – Elliot Lake Bobcats
  2. Aleksandrs Smetanins – Toronto Canada Moose
  • ACHA
  1. Renars Rukmanis – Duquesne University
  • ACHA II
  1. Kriss Lans – North Carolina State University
  • MnJHL
  1. Hedijs Pleskacovs – Dells Ducks
  • EmJHL
  1. Haralds Egle – Green Mountain Glades
  • FHL
  1. Roberts Mazins – Danville Dashers
  • VIJHL
  1. Davis Sprukts – Campbell River Storm
  • Midget
  1. Roberts Smits – Selects Hockey Academy U16 AAA

Europe

Austria

  • Austrian U20
  1. Matiss Gelazis – Graz 99ers U20
  2. Zintis Nauris Zusevics – Graz 99ers U20
  • National Liga (second tier)
  1. Matiss Gelazis – Kapfenberger SV
  2. Zintis Nauris Zusevics – Kapfenberger SV
  • Austrian U17
  1. Nikita Zantmanis – L.A. Stars 2
  2. Eduards Hugo Jansons – L.A. Stars 2
  3. Reinis Skorovs – L.A. Stars

Belarus

  • Belarussian Extraleague
  1. Atvars Tribuncovs – Gomel
  2. Sergejs Pecura – Neman Grodno
  3. Kaspars Saulietis – Neman Grodno
  4. Armands Berzins – Yunost Minsk
  5. Rolands Vigners – Shakhter Soligorsk
  • MHL
  1. Aleksandrs Galkins – Dynamo-Shinnik

Belgium

  • North Sea Cup (former Dutch Eredivisie)
  1. Matiss Megnis – Chiefs Leuven
  • Belgian league
  1. Matiss Megnis – Chiefs Leuven

Czech Republic

  • Czech 1. liga
  1. Kriss Grundmanis – HC Dukla Jihlava
  2. Arturs Birstins – HC Most
  • Czech 2. liga
  1. Aleksandrs Baburins – HC Chotebor

Denmark

  • Al-Bank Ligaen
  1. Sergejs Cubars – CPH Hockey/Hvidovre
  2. Ervins Mustukovs – Odense
  • Denmark2
  1. Oskars Jursans – Gladsaxe
  2. Dominiks Laukmanis – IK Aarhus
  3. Davis Paipa – IK Aarhus
  4. Rodijs Razmus – IK Aarhus
  5. Dmitrijs Orlovs – Gladsaxe
  6. Toms Broks – Aalborg II

Estonia

  • Estonia
  1. Romans Sumihins – Tallinn Viiking Sport
  2. Sergejs Tsernikovs – Tallinn Viiking Sport

Finland

  • SM-liiga
  1. Roberts Jekimovs – SaiPa (try-out)
  • Suomi-sarja
  1. Raitis Pujats – FPS
  2. Nauris Enkuzens – Hermes
  3. Gatis Gricinskis – HC Satakunta
  4. Janis Purins – JHT
  5. Kristaps Nimanis – Red Ducks
  6. Alberts Boluss – RJK
  7. Maksims Dubovs – RJK
  8. Ernests Vernavs – RJK
  9. Kristaps Kuplais – Lamarit
  • II-divisioona
  1. Andrejs Kostjukovs – Nikkarit
  2. Vadims Vabiscevics – PyPo
  3. Renars Vabiscevics – PyPo
  4. Kristians Copejs – PyPo
  5. Sergejs Jegorovs – PyPo
  6. Edgars Cermnihs – Jeppis
  7. Vladislavs Balakuns – Virkia
  8. Norberts Danemanis – Virkia
  9. Arnis Kusins – Muik Hockey
  10. Sergejs Petuskovs – Muik Hockey
  11. Kaspars Astasenko – Muik Hockey
  12. Kirils Lazebniks – Hela-Kiekko
  13. Danils Lazebniks – Hela-Kiekko
  14. Peteris Pujats – Hela-Kiekko
  15. Vjaceslavs Fanduls – Karhu HT Pori
  • Finland5
  1. Peteris Pujats – S-Kiekko II
  2. Danils Lazebniks – S-Kiekko II
  • Jr. A SM-liiga
  1. Vitalijs Hvorostinins – Sport U20
  2. Kristaps Nimanis – Sport U20
  • Jr. A I-div. Q
  1. Konstantins Sipunovs – Jokipojat U20
  • Jr. B SM-sarja
  1. Martins Lavrovs – Assat U18
  • Jr. B SM-sarja Q
  1. Viesturs Tampe – Assat U18

France

  • Ligue Magnus
  1. Sergejs Visegorodcevs – Villard-de-Lans
  • Division 1
  1. Olegs Koreskovs – Anglet
  2. Raimonds Danilics – Montpellier
  3. Janis Brakss – Cergy
  4. Viktors Lobacovs – Mulhouse (often listed as a Russian citizen)
  • Division 2
  1. Renars Undelis – HC Metz
  2. Gints Leitis – HC Metz
  3. Vladimirs Borovkovs – HC Metz
  4. Aleksandrs Kercs jr. – HC Metz
  5. Janis Bullitis – HC Metz
  6. Elvis Zelubovskis – Asnieres

Germany

  • DEL
  1. Herberts Vasiljevs – Krefeld Pinguine (has gained German citizenship)
  • German 2. Bundesliga
  1. Edgars Lusins – Hannover Indians
  • Oberliga
  1. Romans Nikitins – Adendorfer EC
  2. Eriks Ozollapa – Adendorfer EC
  3. Aldis Abolins – Hamburger SV
  4. Valentins Feoktistovs – Hamburger SV
  • Regionalliga
  1. Arturs Rainskis – GEC Ritter Nordhorn
  2. Aldis Kirsts – GEC Ritter Nordhorn
  3. Reinis Repss – ESC Bad Liebenzell
  4. Edgars Adamovics – Herner EV 2007
  • Junioren-BL
  1. Janis Berzins – ESC Moskitos Essen U20
  • Jugend-BL
  1. Viktors Ponatovskis – Hannover Indians U18

Great Britain

  • EIHL
  1. Marcis Zembergs – Edinburgh Capitals
  2. Toms Hartmanis – Fife Flyers
  • EPIHL
  1. Sergejs Louskins – Bracknell Bees
  2. Maris Ziedins – Peterborough Phantoms
  3. Janis Ozolins – Sheffield Steeldogs
  4. Edgars Bebris – Sheffield Steeldogs (occasionally incorrectly listed as an UK citizen)
  5. Raivis Kurnigins – Sheffield Steeldogs
  • ENL
  1. Elvis Veldze – Fylde Flyers
  2. Janis Grinbergs – Fylde Flyers
  3. Juris Galajevs – Slough ENL Jets
  • Great Britain U18
  1. Dairis Dreimanis – Kingston Juniors

Iceland

  • Iceland
  1. Edmunds Ingass – Hunar

Italy

  • Serie A
  1. Agris Saviels – Sterzing/Vipiteno

Kazakhstan

  • VHL
  1. Koba Jass – Kazzinc-Torpedo
  2. Aleksejs Sirokovs – Kazzinc-Torpedo
  3. Maksims Sirokovs – Kazzinc-Torpedo
  • Kazakh league
  1. Andrejs Smirnovs – Beibarys Atyrau
  2. Martins Raitums – Beibarys Atyrau
  3. Vitalijs Pavlovs – Beibarys Atyrau
  4. Sergejs Tjoluskins – HK Astana
  5. Edmunds Kniksts – Arlan Kokshetau
  6. Valerijs Filimonovs – Arlan Kokshetau
  7. Dmitrijs Zabotinskis – Arlan Kokshetau
  8. Arturs Ozolins – Arlan Kokshetau
  9. Vladimirs Mamonovs – Arlan Kokshetau
  10. Renars Demiters – Arlan Kokshetau
  11. Edijs Brahmanis – Sary-Arka Karaganda
  12. Olegs Sorokins – Sary-Arka Karaganda

Norway

  • GET Ligaen
  1. Aleksandrs Macijevskis – Stjernen
  • Get Division (second tier)
  1. Janis Smits – Comet
  • Norway U17
  1. Rudolfs Balcers – Lorenskog U17
  2. Maksims Ponomarenko – Lorenskog U17

Poland

  • Polish league
  1. Toms Bluks – KS Torun
  2. Aivars Gaisins – KS Torun (try-out)

Russia

  • KHL
  1. Lauris Darzins – Ak Bars Kazan
  2. Georgijs Pujacs – Avangard Omsk
  3. Edgars Masalskis – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
  • MHL
  1. Rihards Bukarts – Kapitan Stupino
  2. Artjoms Dasutins – HC MVD Jr
  3. Vladislavs Dudins – Olimpiya Kirovo-Chepetsk

Slovakia

  • Slovak Extraleague
  1. Maris Jass – HC Slovan Bratislava
  2. Aleksandrs Jerofejevs – HC Slovan Bratislava

Sweden

  • Division 1
  1. Krists Kalnins – AIK Harnosand
  2. Valters Ozolins – AIK Harnosand
  3. Rolands Gritans – Arboga
  4. Romans Semjonovs – Arboga
  5. Alberts Ilisko – Mjolby Hockey
  6. Kristaps Legzdins – Surahammars IF
  • Division 2
  1. Vadims Maticins – Hanhals IF
  2. Juris Dembickis – Lidingo
  • Division 3
  1. Niks Matevics – Gota/Traneberg
  • Division 4
  1. Edgars Grundmanis – Nynashamns IF-2
  2. Gints Gredzens – Nynashamns IF-2
  3. Mareks Kobula – IFK Mariehamm
  • J20 SuperElit
  1. Edgars Klavins – AIK J20
  • J20 Elit
  1. Valters Ozolins – AIK Harnosand J20
  2. Krists Kalnins – AIK Harnosand J20
  3. Sandis Zolmanis – Orebro J20
  • J18 Elit
  1. Romans Semjonovs – Arboga J18
  2. Kristaps Jakobsons – Arboga J18
  3. Roberts Potapenko – Arboga J18
  4. Aleksandrs Bebriss-Fedotovs – Arboga J18
  5. Sandis Zolmanis – Orebro J18
  6. Antons Jasunovs – Lidingo J18
  • J18 Div.1
  1. Roberts Cerins – IFK Kumla J18

Switzerland

  • NLA
  1. Ronalds Kenins – ZSC Lions
  • Switzerland3
  1. Gundars Berkis – Chiasso
  • Elite Jr. A
  1. Toms Andersons – Bern U20
  2. Martins Mezulis – Rapperswil U20
  3. Juris Zandovskis – Gotteron U20
  4. Elvis Merzlikins – Lugano U20
  5. Ivars Punnenovs – Kloten U20
  • Elite Novizen
  1. Marks Lazarevs – Pikes Oberthurgau U17

Ukraine

  • Ukraine
  1. Viktors Blinovs – Berkut Kiev

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Mustukovs: I don’t see myself playing for the national team

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Ervins Mustukovs is a 26-year-old Latvian goalie, who is one of the top Latvian goaltenders at the moment. He is currently having a tremendous season with the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. For the previous two seasons he served as the third goalie of KHL’s Dinamo Riga, but never managed to gain the trust of the head coach Julius Supler, only playing two games for the club. Earlier this year Mustukovs also made the Latvian Olympic roster at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but, serving as the second goalie behind Edgars Masalskis back, failed to spend even a minute in the crease.

In this interview Ervins talks not only about the current season with Sheffield, but also touches the issues of Latvian national team, Dinamo Riga, his own future.

You signed the contract with Sheffield already in May, which somehow indicates that you had decided to leave Dinamo already prior the end of the season. Is it true?

– Yes, it is true. Even though I was willing to play for Dinamo Riga and prove myself, I did not manage to see that chance coming. I had no other options but to search for a new club where to play, as I did not want to stay as the third goalie of Dinamo Riga already for the third straight season. Clubs from several leagues (also Kazakh league and French Ligue Magnus) offered me contracts, however, I gave preference to the EIHL and the Sheffield Steelers.

What were the reasons which led you to playing abroad?

– Well, they were all well-known – despite the fact that I wanted to play for Dinamo Riga, I did not gain the trust of the coaching staff. I did not want to stay without playing anymore, and chose to try my luck elsewhere in Europe. Sheffield came up with an offer of decent wage, great city, arena, league and, more importantly, many shots on goals, as well as the ability to play regularly, which, in my opinion, are the most important issues for a goaltender.

When you signed the contract with Steelers, did you imagine that the season would turn out as successfully as it has done?

– To be honest, at that moment I did not really think about that. For me the most important part was to find a club where I could play regularly. Sheffield offered that. I hoped that I would be able to give a taste of my quality, but you could never know, how it would actually turn out.

How would you evaluate the level of EIHL, compared to the Belarusian Extraleague, where you played previously?

– The level is great, I am not complaining. I believe that for a goaltender it is way better and interesting to play in EIHL rather than Belarus – there are way more games, many shots on goals and it is always more breathtaking, when there is a solid Canadian goalie standing in the opposite net. I am not ready to judge the players, however, I know that the hockey is very much different than the one played in Belarus – here the game is more aggressive, all the players are rushing forward, shooting from every angle imaginable, playing with only three shifts. Yesterday’s game between Metalurgs Liepaja and Coventry Blaze [Continental Cup third round, Coventry won 6:1] was not the easiest one for Liepaja. Obviously, we can not evaluate two leagues out of this single game, but, clearly, people in England know how to play ice hockey.

Recently Ben Simon, the head coach of Steelers, announced that he would not trade you for any other goaltender of the EIHL. What does it mean to you? Also, do you believe you would maintain the trust of Simon, if you played several rather unsuccessful games in a row?

– Similarly to every other goaltender, it means a lot, when a coach trusts you. Despite that, I try not to think about that too much. I want to play hockey, and that is currently the most important thing. Coaches in this league avoid saying anything negative to their goalies, it was the same in the ECHL, yet I do not live in an euphoria because of that. After all, you can never know, how the season will develop. The attitude towards you can always change according to your performance.

In early October you had a chance to play against Boston Bruins. Why did the coach decide to  send you in the net just three minutes before the regulation?

– It was a decision made by him. Probably because I took the trip to Belfast and coach gave me a chance to appear on the scoresheet.

If the game was held in Sheffield, would you have started it in the net, not on the bench?

– If the game was held in Sheffield, most likely I would have been standing in the net. Still, it is only normal, as every coach in the most crucial games plays a goalie, who he trusts the most and who he knows the best. Why should a Belfast Giants coach send a Latvian goalie in the net, if he has a solid British national team player Stephen Murphy on the roster?

Sheffield has the largest arena in the EIHL – do they have also the best fans?

– No, I will not state it only because I play in Sheffield. Still, several EIHL teams have really great fans and Steelers is not an exception. Also Nottingham and Belfast have great fans. All these cities have wonderful arenas and a great support, where their fans follow to their team away tours even to the most distant cities. I would really thank them about that. It is always pleasant to play in front of overcrowded arenas.

You made the Latvian Olympic roster at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, however it was Martins Raitums and Edgars Lusins, who made the 2010 World championship roster. Where do you currently see yourself in the context of the national team?

– I am really not willing to recall Vancouver. I was glad that I made the roster, but right there the positive memories about the Olympic Games ended. As soon as the Olympics finished, I knew that Znaroks would not choose me for the World championship in Mannheim. Frankly speaking, currently I do not see myself in the national team at all. Nobody has ever talked to me about that and it does not seem that anything is going to change. I have played in QMJHL, SPHL, ECHL, which somebody might think requires no effort, however I will reveal a secret – for a Latvian goalie on his own it is not that easy – that is why I was never clear, when nobody from the national team took any interest in me. If any of the younger goalies played in any of those leagues, he would be on the national team already for some time now and made a national hero.

How do you evaluate the fact that the Latvian national team did not use the November break to play any exhibition games, in order to test the nearest reserves of the team?

– I do not believe that such tournaments or exhibition games are necessary at all, and they are the least necessary in November. Everything is decided already before these games anyway. If a game would be won, it would be forgotten easily, however if you let in some unfortunate mistakes, everybody would remember it and remember it for a long time coming. A great example – when I had a 1:0 shutout against the Danish team, nobody cared, as ‘they were only Danes – not that much of shots on goal, etc.’, however, when I let four goals in against the Germans [right before leaving to Vancouver Olympics], people were willing to send me home. People came up with the most unrealistic things, saying that I lack attitude, regular playing, that I do not talk to the teammates. After all, who cares in what form a player is in November, if he has to play in April? Until then everything can change.

Three years ago in an interview you said that the younger goalies should take any opportunity to move to the North American leagues. Now, when your North American career is at least temporarily finished and you have gained more experience, do you still think that way?

– I still believe the younger goalies should go to North America, however they should do it only if they actually have an opportunity to play there at a decent level. It is rather hard to make it even to the SPHL, as they really do not need a Latvian goalie, who they have never heard of. As long as you are not head and shoulders above, they will still prefer a native goalie.

I would like to think that EIHL is not the top of your ambitions? How do you currently look towards the future – where would you like to see yourself playing in three, four seasons?

– I would certainly love to play for Dinamo. That would be very joyful and a great honour, but you can never know, how everything will turn out. A top European league would be fine as well.

I wish you the very best!

Pelss talks about his own past

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Once Edmonton Oilers had picked Latvian forward Kristians Pelss in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, a lot of people wondered, who is this kid. As months passed and Pelss arrived to Edmonton, some of them were resolved, but not a lot about his earlier days was learned. We now offer not only some background info about the player, but also a small conversation with Pelss.

Kristians has began 2010-11 by posting a goal and adding a single assist in 10 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.

Pelss, who was born in Preili, for the first time stepped on ice in Daugavpils, where he began his junior career. At the age of 16 he managed to earn a spot on the DHK Latgale team, which played in the Belarusian league – a professional league, comparable to British Elite Ice Hockey League, French Ligue Magnus or even Austrian EBEL. In 2009-10, when DHK Latgale, due to financial problems, returned to playing in Latvian league, which currently is a half-professional league, Pelss joined Dinamo Juniors Riga, the farm club of KHL’s Dinamo Riga.

Pelss statistics:

GP G A P PIM
2008-2009 DHK Latgale Belarus 31 3 4 7 17
DHK Latgale-2 Latvia 22 9 11 20 24
Daugavpils U20 Latvia U20 8 3 9 12 16
Latvia U18 WJC-18 D1 4 0 1 1 6
2009-2010 Dinamo Juniors Riga Belarus 46 6 3 9 28
Latvia U18 WJC-18 6 2 1 3 0

Kristians also did not mind answering us a couple of questions about his earlier days of his hockey career.

Who encouraged you to start playing hockey?

– When I was eight years old, my father took me to Daugavpils, where at that time an arena had been recently opened, and already before my first practice he bought me a full equipment – by then I never once had skated, but I learned that fairly quick and I really enjoyed it. Before turning to ice hockey, for several years I attended Judo lessons.

Do you consider yourself an alumnus of Metalurgs Liepaja or Daugavpils hockey school? After all, you have spent reasonable time in both of the cities.

– Despite the fact that I gained a lot also during my time in Liepaja, I am without a doubt an alumnus of Daugavpils hockey school, because that is where I started to play and that is where I grew up as a hockey player.

When you returned to Daugavpils, you had just turned 16 years old – did you expect to make the roster of DHK Latgale, who played in the Belarusian league, straight away?

– No, but prior 2008-09 I was coached by Jurijs Agureikins, who let me practice and play together with one up to three years older players than myself, which I am truly thankful to him.

How did you feel, when, being 16 years old, you started playing among professionals?

– Straight away I felt the difference between junior and professional hockey. Still, at least in my opinion, I got used to the professional hockey pretty fast, as my teammates helped me a lot, often saying what I ought to do in different situations.

What relationship do you have with Vitalijs Hvorostinins? [Hvorostinins also comes from Preili and now plays for Val-d’Ior Foreurs in the QMJHL]

– Well, I could say that he is my best friend – we grew up together and for a longer time played together. Also now we regularly talk to each other on Skype, encouraging one another and that really helps, when you don’t see your friends too often.

Latvian Legion 2010/11

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This list was last updated in mid-January, 2011.

As some of the European leagues have already started their 2010/11 seasons and many others are on the very verge of it, I believe, it is exactly the right time to post a list of all the Latvian players, spending their upcoming seasons abroad. The current list includes 150 players.

This list is never going to be fully complete and that is why any additions or corrections are welcomed at the comments section.

North America

  • National hockey league
  1. Karlis Skrastins – Dallas Stars
  2. Oskars Bartulis – Philadelphia Flyers
  3. Raitis Ivanans – Calgary Flames
  4. Arturs Kulda – Atlanta Thrashers (a possible call-up)
  • American hockey league
  1. Arturs Kulda – Chicago Wolves
  2. Kaspars Daugavins – Binghamton Senators
  3. Oskars Bartulis – Adirondack Phantoms
  • Western hockey league
  1. Kristians Pelss – Edmonton Oil Kings
  • United States hockey league
  1. Zemgus Girgensons – Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • ACHA
  1. Renars Rukmanis – Duquesne University
  • MetJHL
  1. Hedijs Pleskacovs – Florida Eels
  2. Livars Lans – Florida Eels
  • NAHL
  1. Nils Semjonovs – Aberdeen Wings
  2. Ralfs Freibergs – Texas Tornado
  3. Ricards Berzins – Wenatchee Wild
  • GMHL
  1. Nikita Jevpalovs – South Muskoka Shield
  2. Toms Taurins – Bradford Rattlers
  3. Rudolfs Prusis – Bradford Rattlers
  • CSHL
  1. Nauris Buskevics – Quad City Jr. Flames
  • WSHL
  1. Alberts Boluss – Texas Jr. Brahmas
  2. Ivo Dimitrijevs – Arizona Redhawks
  • IJHL
  1. Mareks Kepals – Boston Jr. Blackhawks
  2. Girts Savrinovics – Philadelphia Jackals
  • RAMHL
  1. Ainis Zalans – Sisec Selects
  2. Rihards Marenis – Sisec Selects
  3. Davis Sprukts – Sisec Selects
  • Midget AAA
  1. Hardijs Kupaks – Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets
  2. Mikus Sprinovskis – PEAC Piranhas
  • Midget AA
  1. Rudolfs Kalvitis – Shattuck St. Mary’s
  • Prep School
  1. Teodors Blugers – Shattuck St. Mary’s
  2. Olafs Jurenko – Cedarburg Bulldogs
  • Rocky Mountain Senior hockey league
  1. Ivars Muzis – Sun Valley Suns
  2. Vilnis Nikolaisons – Sun Valley Suns

Europe

Austria

  • Austrian Oberliga (third tier)
  1. Matiss Gelazis – Graz 99ers II (also plays in Slovenian league)
  2. Zintis Zusevics – Graz 99ers II (also plays in Slovenian league)

Belarus

  • Belarussian Extraleague
  1. Atvars Tribuncovs – Gomel
  • MHL
  1. Edgars Ulescenko – Yunost
  2. Aleksandrs Kercs jr. – Yunost
  3. Aleksandrs Galkins – Zubry Minsk

Czech Republic

  • Czech Extraliga
  1. Aleksejs Sirokovs – HC Kometa Brno
  • Czech 2. liga (third tier)
  1. Aleksandrs Baburins – HC Most

Denmark

  • Al-Bank Ligaen
  1. Sergejs Cubars – Hvidovre
  • Denmark2
  1. Oskars Jursans – Gladsaxe
  2. Dmitrijs Orlovs – Amager Ishockey

Estonia

  • Meistriliiga
  1. Maris Lotko – HK Kalev-Valk Tartu
  2. Lauris Dancis – HK Kalev-Valk Tartu
  3. Davis Zunde – HK Kalev-Valk Tartu

Finland

  • SM-liiga
  1. Kaspars Saulietis – HPK
  2. Armands Berzins – HPK
  • Mestis
  1. Roberts Jekimovs – Jokipojat
  • Suomi-sarja
  1. Gints Purins – Hermes
  2. Gatis Gricinskis – Hermes
  3. Janis Purins – Hermes
  4. Raitis Pujats – FPS
  5. Mihails Koklins – HC Levia
  • Finland4
  1. Girts Jansons – Muik Hockey
  2. Viktors Jasjonis – IK Kronan
  3. Artjoms Ogorodnikovs – IK Kronan
  4. Vadims Vabiscevics – Kraft
  5. Edgars Cermnihs – Kraft
  6. Vladislavs Dudins – Kraft
  7. Janis Liepa – PyPo
  8. Edgars Dzirkalis – PyPo
  9. Roberts Danemanis – PyPo
  10. Nauris Enkuzens – Kiekkohait
  11. Martins Gipters – Kiekkohait
  • Jr. B I-divisioona
  1. Konstantis Sipunovs – Ahmat Hyvinkaa U18

France

  • Ligue Magnus
  1. Olegs Koreskovs – Morzine-Avoriaz
  • Division 1
  1. Rolands Vigners – Reims
  2. Raimonds Danilics – Montpellier
  3. Janis Brakss – Montpellier
  4. Janis Straupe – Montpellier
  • Division 2
  1. Elvis Zelubovskis – Lyon
  • French U22 league
  1. Rolands Vigners – Reims U22

Germany

  • DEL
  1. Herberts Vasiljevs – Krefeld Pinguine
  • Regionalliga
  1. Lauris Ziemins – Herford
  • U20 Bundesliga
  1. Janis Berzins – ESC Moskitos Essen U20
  • DNL
  1. Arturs Birstins – SC Riessersee U18
  2. Vladislavs Tatarnikovs- SC Riessersee U18

Great Britain

  • EIHL
  1. Toms Hartmanis – Newcastle Vipers
  2. Ervins Mustukovs – Sheffield Steelers
  3. Aivars Gaisins – Hull Stingrays
  • EPIHL
  1. Maris Ziedins – Peterborough Phantoms
  2. Kristaps Pete – Sheffield Steeldogs
  3. Kriss Grundmanis – Sheffield Steeldogs
  4. Edgars Bebris – Sheffield Steeldogs (according to eliteprospects.com, has gained an UK citizenship)
  5. Janis Ozolins – Sheffield Steeldogs
  6. Andrejs Maslovskis – Telford Tigers

Italy

  • Serie A
  1. Agris Saviels – Valpellice
  • Serie B
  1. Olegs Sorokins – Vipiteno

Kazakhstan

  • Kazakh league
  1. Martins Raitums – Beibarys Atyrau
  2. Andrejs Smirnovs – Beibarys Atyrau
  3. Sergejs Tjoluskins – Beibarys Atyrau

Lithuania

  • Ledo Ritulio Lyga
  1. Vladimirs Parhomenko – Ledo Linija Siauliai
  2. Arturs Batraks – Ledo Linija Siauliai
  3. Raitis Brinecs – Ledo Linija Siauliai
  4. Andris Valters – Ledo Linija Siauliai
  5. Igors Birjukovs – Sadvita Klaipeda
  6. Kristaps Buzats – Sadvita Klaipeda
  7. Nikita Dobrenkijs – Sadvita Klaipeda
  8. Aleksejs Proposins – Sadvita Klaipeda
  9. Guntis Pujats – Sadvita Klaipeda

Netherlands

  • Eredivisie
  1. Aleksandrs Terjohins – Heerenveen Flyers

Norway

  • Get Division (second thier)
  1. Janis Smits – Comet

Poland

  • Polish 2nd league
  1. Toms Bluks – Sokoly Torun
  2. Edgars Adamovics – Sokoly Torun
  3. Andrejs Lavrenovs – Sokoly Torun

Russia

  • KHL
  1. Martins Cipulis – Amur Khabarovsk
  2. Georgijs Pujacs – Sibir Novosibirsk
  3. Aleksandrs Jerofejevs – Metallurg Novokuznetsk
  4. Edgars Masalskis – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
  5. Maris Jass – Neftekhimik Niznekamsk
  • VHL
  1. Sergejs Pecura – Krylia Sovetov
  • MHL
  1. Artjoms Dasutins – HK Sheriff
  2. Edgars Ulescenko – Yunost
  3. Aleksandrs Kercs jr. – Yunost
  4. Ronalds Cinks – Krylia Sovetov
  5. Aleksandrs Galkins – Zubry Minsk
  • Russian 1st league
  1. Andrejs Ignatovics – Titan Klin
  2. Juris Ozols – Tital Klin

Slovenia

  • Slovenian league
  1. Matiss Gelazis – Graz 99ers II (also plays in Austrian Oberliga)
  2. Zintis Zusevics – Graz 99ers II (also plays in Austrian Oberliga)

Sweden

  • Division 1
  1. Aleksandrs Semjonovs – Arboga
  2. Rolands Gritans – Arboga
  3. Arturs Ozolins – Karlskrona HK
  4. Maksims Sirokovs – Karlskrona HK
  5. Sergejs Louskins – Lindlovens IF
  6. Renars Undelis – Lindlovens IF
  7. Alberts Ilisko – Nynashamns IF
  8. Valters Ozolins – Arlanda
  9. Krists Kalnins – Arlanda
  10. Aleksandrs Macijevskis – Bjorkloven
  11. Nikolajs Jerofejevs – Tranas
  • Division 2
  1. Martins Ozolins – Sollentuna HC
  2. Toms Tilla – Sollentuna HC
  3. Aleksandrs Bebriss-Fedotovs – Vannas HC
  4. Roberts Potapenko – Vannas HC
  5. Vadims Maticins – Jonstorps IF
  • Division 3
  1. Elvis Veldze – Syrianska/Armeniska HC
  2. Oskars Blums – Syrianska/Armeniska HC
  • J20 Elit
  1. Kristaps Legzdins – Sunne J20
  • J20 Div. 1
  1. Boriss Tretjakovs – Arboga J20
  • J18 Elit
  1. Martins Lavrovs – Arlanda J18
  2. Edgars Klavins – Lidingo J18
  3. Ansis Brikainis – Lidingo J18
  4. Kristaps Riekstins – Lidingo J18
  5. Kristaps Bazevics – Lidingo J18
  6. Girts Zemitis – Nacka HK J18
  7. Roberts Smits – Nykoping J18
  8. Aleksandrs Bebriss-Fedotovs – Vannas J18
  9. Roberts Potapenko – Vannas J18
  • J18 Div. 1
  1. Boriss Tretjakovs – Arboga J18
  2. Romans Semjonovs – Arboga J18

Switzerland

  • NLB
  1. Ronalds Kenins – GC/Kusnacht Lions
  2. Eriks Ozollapa – Basel
  • 1. Amateur Regio League (third tier)
  1. Gundars Berkis – Chiasso
  • Elite Jr. A
  1. Juris Zandovskis – Gotteron U20
  2. Martins Mezulis – Gotteron U20
  3. Ronalds Kenins – GCK/ZSC Lions U20
  • Elite Jr. B
  1. Janis Kenins – Thurgau U20
  • Elite Novizen
  1. Elvis Merkzlikins – Lugano U18
  2. Deivids Sarkanis – Lugano U18
  3. Ivars Punnenovs – Pikes Oberthurgau U18

Written by Didzis Rudmanis

September 6, 2010 at 21:59

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Bluks and Adamovics ready for Poland

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Two Latvian defencemen Toms Bluks and Edgars Adamovics have signed a contract with Polish club TKH Torun, which will soon begin a three team qualification tournament. One of the teams will qualify for a spot in the Polish league, while the other two will play in the Polish 2nd league.

While Adamovics spent last season with Mont-Blanc of French Ligue Magnus, Bluks played for Sport Club of Hungarian league. Previously for several seasons both players played in ASK Ogre and definitely have a certain chemistry between them.

According to a trustable source, if the team will not manage to qualify for the spot in the Polish league, both players have rights to leave the club.

TKH Torun will play its first qualification game on August 13, when it will face Podhale Nowy Targ.

Raitums likely to join Ertis Pavlodar

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Kazakh portal Ekspress K has announced that Kazakh league club Ertis Pavlodar is very close to signing Latvian goalkeeper Martins Raitums, who spent the previous season with Hull Stingrays of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Martins has participated in four World Championships for Latvian national team and last year was the second goalie, changing Edgars Masalskis in the middle of 1-6 blowout against Canada.

During 2008/09 he played for ASK Ogre – one of the Latvian clubs in the Belarusian league, but last season he managed to join Hull Stingrays only by late January – just before the trade deadline.

Currently also several other Latvian players are in negotiations with Kazakh league clubs and might join them for the next season. According to an unexposable source, the salaries in Kazakhstan are way bigger than, for example, French Ligue Magnus.