JUNGLE B: ROAD TO THE NHL. PART TWO

Jason Gregor
August 10 2011 11:24AM

 

That's Mark Letestu directly to the right of Sidney Crosby. In part one of Jungle B: Road to the NHL, Letestu gave some insight into his incredible, and rare, ascent up the hockey chain. From a 17-year-old in Junior B in Alberta (Junior C in Ontario), to three years in the AJHL, followed by one year at Western Mighigan and then signing a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Letestu's dream hit a snag in the AHL. 

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You Never Know

Lowetide
August 09 2011 08:02PM

- “There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is, ‘You never know.’” -Joaquin Andujar

This is Tyler Schmidt. He's one of the Oilers training camp invites headed for Edmonton in the fall. He's a 6.01, 211 pound "stay-at-home" defender and an extreme long shot to make the NHL.

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WHERE WERE YOU?

Jason Gregor
August 09 2011 12:31PM

Twenty three years ago today Oiler fans and the hockey world was stunned when the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski for $15 million in cash, Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas and first rounders in 1989, 1991 and 1993. The Oilers traded the '89 pick to the Devils, but they selected Martin Rucinsky in 1991 and Nick Stajduhar in 1993.

It was a dark day in Oilersnation.

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HUGE TRADE (not hockey)

Jason Gregor
August 09 2011 09:58AM

The Edmonton Rush have made a blockbuster deal. They've traded the best all-around player in the league, Brodie Merrill along with lefty Dean Hill,  righty Mike Mclellan a 5th rounder in 2011 and a 4th rounder in 2013 to the Philadelphia Wings for Athan Iannucci (set NLL record holder for most goals in a season, 71), young lefty Alex Turner, goalie Brodie McDonald and first round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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JUNGLE B: THE ROAD TO THE NHL

Jason Gregor
August 09 2011 01:11AM

Guns N' Roses released their first album, Appetite for Destruction, on July 21, 1987. It contained one of the greatest dressing room/warm up songs you've ever heard, Welcome To The Jungle. Since 1988, many teams have psyched themselves up listening to Axl and the Boys, but one player actually used the "Jungle" as a springboard to an NHL career.

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