A ‘Finnished’ product

Finnish NHLers comment on the success of Finland’s player development model


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist

The current International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rankings list Finland as the second-ranked country in their men’s rankings, behind only Sweden, and ahead of Russia, Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S., Switzerland and the others. Finland is the fourth-ranked country in the IIHF women’s rankings, behind Canada, USA and Switzerland. In 2014, the Finland Men’s National Teams have won a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics, a silver medal at the World Championships and a gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

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NHL Free Agent Tracker - Minnesotans/Wild

F Jim O'BrienOttawa 

Player From To
D Andrew Alberts San Jose  
D Stu Bickel N.Y. Rangers Minnesota
G Ilya Bryzgalov Minnesota  
F Ryan Carter New Jersey  
D Taylor Chorney St. Louis Pittsburgh
D Brian Connelly Chicago Leksand (Sweden)
G John Curry Minnesota Minnesota
F Jake Dowell Minnesota Hamilton (AHL)
F Patrick Eaves Nashville Dallas
F David Eddy Calgary  
D Cade Fairchild Phoenix Novokuznetsk (Russia)
D Joe Finley N.Y. Islanders  
D Tom Gilbert Florida Montreal
F Dany Heatley Minnesota Anaheim
F Mike Hoeffel New Jersey  
D Brian Lee Tampa Bay  
F Cody McCormick Minnesota Buffalo
D Kyle Medvec Minnesota  
F Matt Moulson Minnesota Buffalo
D Matt Niskanen Pittsburgh Washington
D Nate Prosser Minnesota St. Louis
F Chad Rau San Jose Linz (Austria)
F Joel Rechlicz Washington Minnesota
G Kenny Reiter N.Y. Islanders  
F Mike Rupp Minnesota  
F Jordan Schroeder Vancouver Minnesota
G Alex Stalock San Jose San Jose
F Ryan Stoa Washington Novokuznetsk (Russia)
D Clayton Stoner Minnesota Anaheim
F Colin Stuart Vancouver  
F Chris VandeVelde Philadelphia Philadelphia
F Thomas Vanek Montreal Minnesota
F J.T. Wyman Colorado  

bold indicates Minnesota native

Getting to know Jenny Potter


Jenny Potter has been very successful in her hockey career with appearances at the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics, and added to the collection of medals won there with medals at the Women’s World Championships along with NCAA National Championships at University of Minnesota Duluth. Jenny has been a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps for seven seasons. She is a graduate of UMD with a degree in business management and is currently owner of Potter’s Pure Hockey and a mother of two.

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Getting to know Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin


Megan has been a goalie for the Minnesota Whitecaps since the inception of the team back in 2004. She is a graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret’s and played hockey for the MN Thoroughbreds before moving on to a stellar career while attending Princeton.

Growing up in Loretto, Minn., with seven siblings – all but one played some level of hockey – it is no wonder Megan has a competitive spirit. She started playing at the age of three and has now been playing for 28 years. As her family grows and her boys start playing more hockey, Megan plans to be coaching them someday.

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Getting to know Meaghan Pezon


Meaghan Pezon is one of the forwards for the Minnesota Whitecaps. She is a 2010 graduate of St. Cloud State University where she majored in Marketing.

Meaghan says her first memorable moment was in her senior year of high school where when she played for Eden Prairie and the Eagles won the Minnesota Girls State Championship. Not only did they win the state championship, the team was undefeated with a 31-0 record.

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