Sudbury Wolves Great Plays 2009-10 in Switzerland

jamie rivers hc ambri piotta swiss-a national eishockey ligaJamie Rivers played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves from 1991-92 to 1994-95. His final two seasons were nothing less than stellar.

In 1993-94, the offensive defenseman scored 32 goals and added 89 points for 121 points in 65 regular season games. This total was good enough for 6th in the league and helped Rivers win a Max Kaminsky Trophy as the top defenseman in the OHL.

1994-95 saw Jamie only get 65 regular season points on 9 goals and 56 assists in just 46 games. Rivers played an important role in Canada’s gold medal effort at the 1995 World Junior Championship. Jamie exploded in the playoffs with 33 points on 7 goals and 26 assists in just 18 games as the Wolves made it to the semi-finals before losing out in 7 games to the eventual Robertson Cup winners, the Detroit Junior Red Wings.

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round of the 1993 NHL draft, Jamie played 454 games in the NHL with the Blues, New Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

Jamie tested the European hockey market in 2007-08, playing 18 games with Moscow Spartak in Russia. After a season back in North America in 2008-09 with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, Jamie went back to Europe for the 2009-10 season to play in the Swiss National A League with HC Ambri Piotta.

HC Ambri Piotta finished dead last in the 12 team league, 18 points behind the next team over just a 50 game schedule. The towns of Ambri and Piotta are two adjacent small villages in Switzerland with a combined population totalling just 500. The surrounding Canton of Ticino, however, consists of over 300,000 residents. The region is next to the Italian border. The team plays out of the Valascia Arena which holds 7000, including standing room and is open at both ends – something fairly common in that part of the world.

To view Jamie’s profile page on HC Ambri Piotta’s official website, click here.

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