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Espen Knutsen

Espen Knutsen  #21

Center
NUMBER: 21 BIRTHDATE: January 12, 1972
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Oslo, Norway
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: HFD / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 10th   (204th overall)
Norwegian Player of the Year (1994) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2002) Rights traded to Anaheim by Hartford for Kevin Brown, October 1, 1996. Traded to Columbus by Anaheim for Columbus' 4th round choice (Vladmir Korsunov) in 2001 Entry Draft, May 25, 2000. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to groin (November 5, 2002 vs. Washington) and wrist (March 13, 2003 vs. Colorado) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Valerenga (Norway), December 17, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), December 30, 2003.
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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday