Bolzano is currently in 4th place in the 9 team Italian Serie A1. The city is in northern Italy near the border with Austria. The population is just over 100,000 and German is spoken as much as Italian due to the close proximity to their German speaking neighnours.
There are four graduates of the Ontario Hockey League currently playing for Bolzano. What is different from many other Italian teams is that none of these players are of Italian descent. Often the players that go from Canada to play in Italy are sons or grandsons of Italian immigrants.
The four players are listed below. By clicking on their names, their page on the official Bolzano HC website will open up in a new window. The page is in Italian but is easily understandable as hockey is a universal language. Current stats are updated there.
Shawn Mather, Windsor Spitfires, 1999-00 and 2000-01.
Fraser Clair, Barrie Colts, 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2001-02. Mississauga Ice Dogs, 1998-99 to 2000-01.
Kenny Corupe, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, 1997-98 to 1999-00. Kenny Corupe, Owen Sound Platers 1999-00.
Ryan Jardine, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 1997-98 to 1999-00.
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