In addition to the three Ontario Hockey League grads that played for Team Latvia at the 2010 Winter Olympics, there are two more OHL alumni added to the roster for the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships. Juris Stals and Andris Dzerins join Olympians Arvids Rekis, Herberts Vasiljevs and Kaspars Daugavins (click here for Olympics post on Team Latvia).
Juris Stals played in the OHL for two seasons, 2001-02 and 2002-03. His first season was played with the Sarnia Sting and his second with the Owen Sound Attack. Drafted deep in the 2001 NHL draft, 269th overall, by the New York Rangers, Stals played a season with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack and two seasons with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers before heading to Europe.
From 2006-07 to 2008-09, Juris alternated between the Czech Republic’s Extraliga and Russia’s KHL. This past season found him back in North America playing for the Quad City Mallards of the IHL.
Andris Dzerins (An updated article on this player is available here: Andris Dzerins) played two seasons in the OHL, 2007-08 and 2008-09, both with the Kingston Frontenacs. This season he played his first of his professional career with Riga Dynamo of Russia’s KHL.
Arvid Rekis played four seasons in the OHL from 1996-97 to 1999-00, all with the Erie Otters. He spent his first three seasons of pro hockey in the ECHL with the Peoria Rivermen, with an 18 game call-up to the AHL’s Worcester IceCats during the 2001-02 season. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Arvid has played in Germany’s DEL. His first five seasons were with the Augsburg Panthers and his past two have been with Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams.
Kaspars Daugavins played three seasons in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2008-09, all with the Toronto /Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. Having been drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2006, before he’d played a game of junior, Kaspars played a portion of each of junior seasons with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. This past season, he played a full season with the Binghamton club with a single game with the NHL Senators.
Herberts Vasiljevs played just one season in the OHL, 1995-96 with the Guelph Storm. Vasiljevs put in 51 games in the NHL over four seasons with the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers and the Vancouver Canucks. After a year in Russia in 2003-04, Herberts has been in Germany’s DEL since, one year with Nuremburg and the past five with Krefeld. He is currently captain of the Pinguine.
Check out what other countries have OHL grads on their rosters for the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships: