Arystan Temirtau of Kazakhstan’s elite hockey league having begun to stock up for the 2013-14 season. So far, on the roster are two Ontario Hockey League grads. Both will start their first year with Temirtau.
Morrison played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06, all with the Peterborough Petes. He was selected eleventh overall by Peterborough at the 2002 OHL Priority Selection. In 2005-06, the Petes won the Robertson Cup with a victory over the London Knights in the finals.
Jordan was a seventh round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 222nd overall. He has yet to play in the National Hockey League.
In 2006-07, Morrison was AUS rookie of the year. With Dalhousie University, he scored 13 goals and assisted on 24 for 37 points in 25 games. Jordan followed that up by playing in the ECHL from the end of the 2007-08 season to 2012-13, appearing in 276 regular season games. In 2012-13, he played for the San Francisco Bulls, wearing the ‘A’. Morrison played 70 games for the Bulls, scoring 16 goals and assisting on 25 for 41 points.
2013-14 will be Jordan’s second time playing in Europe. In 2011-12, he started the season in the ECHL but ended up playing for Klagenfurter AC in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) and Lillehammer of Norway’s Get Ligaen.
Kokavec played just one year in the OHL, 2001-02, with the Erie Otters. He was the 55th pick in the first round of the 2001 CHL Import Draft by the Otters. Like Morrison, Kokavec was a member of a Robertson Cup champion as Erie took out the Barrie Colts in the finals, four games to one.
After returning to Europe for the 2002-03 season, never to return to North America, Michal played for Slovakia at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. He has been in the Slovakia Extraliga since that 2002-03 season, playing 472 regular season games and contributing 172 points from the blue line.
Temirtau has played in the ten team elite league since the 2010-11 season. The team plays their home games at the Muz Aydin Sport Palace in Temirtau, a 2,607 seat venue built in 1974.
In 2012-13, the team was home to OHL grad Dustin Wood. Wood may or may not be back with the club for the 2013-14 season. Dustin played with the Peterborough Petes for four years from 1998-99 to 2001-02, acting as team captain in his final year. He has been out of North America since 2007-08, playing in Germany’s DEL, the Asia League of Hockey, Great Britain’s EIHL and in Kazakhstan.
Temirtau is a city of around 170,000 people in the northeast of Kazakhstan. Unlike many European cities that are many centuries old, Temirtau was first settled in 1905.