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2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Sauna Island will provide taste of Finnish culture

Saturday, 09.25.2010 / 9:00 AM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Asked recently to estimate how many guests he expects to have at each game in Helsinki, Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu figured he would pick a safe number.

"Approximately 13,500," Ruutu told, letting out a roaring belly laugh after dishing the number. "Quite a few."

He might be right.

Hartwall Arena can squeeze roughly just that many people inside its walls for a hockey game, and Ruutu is the hometown boy returning to his neighborhood to play in the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere against the Minnesota Wild.

Ruutu's bio lists him as being from Vantaa, which is part of the Greater Helsinki Metropolitan Area. His parents still are in Vantaa, but Ruutu now owns a place within Finland's capital city limits. He said his parents' house and his home in Helsinki each are 10-minute drives from the arena.

Kelman's persistence helped lead NHL to Belfast

Friday, 09.24.2010 / 4:18 PM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

"What's the worse that could happen? They could only say no, right?"
-- Todd Kelman, Belfast Giants GM

Todd Kelman had a dream and was not to be denied.

Why should he? He's already experienced one hockey miracle in his lifetime.

Kelman's dream: His tiny Belfast Giants playing an NHL team in an exhibition game in his adopted city as a shining example of hockey's ability to heal even the deepest wounds. Today, that dream is incredibly close to becoming a reality.

The Giants, one of the top teams in the UK Elite League, will host the Boston Bruins in an Oct. 2 exhibition against an all-star team from the UK Elite League at the Odyssey Arena as part of Boston's European tour, which includes two 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere games against Phoenix in Prague the week after the Belfast exhibition.

Belfast adds four more for Bruins

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 3:45 PM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

The Belfast Giants Selects added a little Boston flair to its roster with its most recent selections to the roster that will play the Boston Bruins in an exhibition game next month.

In Monday's announcement, Belfast Giants coach Doug Christiansen named Josh Prudden of the Belfast Giants to the team. Prudden, a native of Andover, Mass., has attended several NHL tryouts, including one with Boston in 2003.  Also, defenseman Jerramie Domish of the Sheffield Steelers was named to the squad. Domish played his college hockey at U-Mass Lowell.

The Giants Selects also added Sheffield forward Rob Globke, who played 46 games with the Florida Panthers during the course of three seasons and Nottingham forward David-Alexandre Beauregard in Monday's announcement.

Compuware NHL Premiere bigger than ever

Sunday, 09.19.2010 / 9:00 AM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

"Who would have thought it was possible to play NHL games in your home country? For the players, it's great because they're going to be treated like gold over there. For some of the players it's their first time in Europe. They're going to like it over there."
-- Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen

A modest experiment by the NHL has turned into a full-fledged European success story in just four years time. In the fall of 2007, the League decided to send the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings to London for a pair of regular-season games as part of a bold NHL Premiere game initiative.

Today, the Compuware NHL Premiere initiative is bigger than ever before.

This fall, six NHL teams will head to Europe to open the season with regular-season games. The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will play in Prague, the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks tangle in Stockholm and the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild will battle in Helsinki.

Two NHLers added to Belfast roster

Friday, 09.17.2010 / 10:35 AM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

The Belfast Giants Selects roster now features 15 players look to pull off their own version of a miracle on ice when the Selects face the NHL's Boston Bruins in a 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere challenge exhibition game next month at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

This week, the Giants Select coaching staff added four more players to the mix for the historic match against the Bruins on Oct. 2. Boston is in Europe for a Premiere Games matchup against Phoenix the following week in Prague.

Wednesday, Belfast goalie Stephen Murphy, Belfast forward Colin Hemingway, Coventry forward Owen Fussey and Nottingham defender Jonathon Zion were added to the UK Elite League all-star team.

Naslund to be honored at 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 12:21 PM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League and National League Players' Association will honor NHL alum Markus Naslund with a special tribute and ceremonial puck drop featuring the Swedish forward on Friday, Oct. 8 during the opening night game of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm at the Ericsson Globe Arena.

"I'm very honoured to be invited by the NHLPA and NHL to participate in the celebrations surrounding this year's Premiere Games," said Markus Naslund. "I enjoyed participating in the Premiere Games as a player and I'm looking forward to attending the upcoming games in Stockholm as a fan."

Belfast Giants bolster lineup for Bruins

Thursday, 09.09.2010 / 2:44 PM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

"These four players are an indication that we are not just trying to have an All-Star team. We are looking for a complete team that can push the Bruins for 60 minutes." -- Belfast Giants Selects coach Doug Christiansen

The Belfast Giants Selects are just about halfway home in their quest to find a lineup that can challenge the Boston Bruins in next month's 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge exhibition game in Belfast.

Thursday, the Giants Selects coaching staff added four more players to the roster, bringing the total of named players to 11.

Long-time American Hockey League defenseman Richard Seeley headlines the latest quartet named to the roster for the Oct. 2 exhibition, which is the opening game in Boston's two-week European tour to start the 2010-11 season.

Belfast Giants add to roster for Bruins exhibition

Friday, 09.03.2010 / 3:02 PM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

The Belfast Giants have added three more players to the roster that will face the Boston Bruins in an exhibition game in Belfast next month.

The game, part of an exhibition slate leading up to Boston's Compuware NHL Premiere Game showdown against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague the following weekend, features a roster of UK Elite League players taking on the Bruins at Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Sept. 2.

Friday's additions, joining the four players named last week, bring the roster to seven players and add quite a bit of experience into the equation.

Belfast names four players to Premiere team

Tuesday, 08.24.2010 / 11:37 AM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

The Belfast Giants Select Team, which will play the Boston Bruins in a Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge game in Belfast in October, named its first four players on Tuesday.
The announcement was made the day before the UK Elite League opens its 2010-11 season with the Charity Shield game between the Belfast Giants and Coventry Blaze. Appropriately, the four players come from the rosters of those two teams.
Forward Luke Fulghum and defenseman Jonathan Weaver of the Blaze were named to the all-star roster, joining Giants forward Colin Shields and defenseman Jon Gleed as the initial played named to take on the Bruins in the Oct. 2 game.

Sharks add preseason game in Germany to schedule

Friday, 07.16.2010 / 2:06 PM / 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere

The San Jose Sharks announced Friday that they will play their final 2010 preseason game in Mannheim, Germany, as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. The Sharks will face the Adler Mannheim Eagles at SAP Arena on Oct. 2.

Germany is the first stop on the Sharks trip to Europe for the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere. They will open the 2010-11 NHL regular season against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Oct. 8 and 9.

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