by John Sanful
Switzerland is lovely in the summer. It is especially wonderful getting out and driving along the Swiss countryside. There is something quite enriching about being in Switzerland, a country renown for its charm, elegance and well-crafted timepieces.
Keeping an eye out on the 2003 NHL draft, which was that weekend, I was alerted to the fact some Swiss players were selected, including SC Bern defenseman, Philippe Furrer. I got a call that Sunday from the editor of Slapshot, a Swiss hockey magazine, offering me a chance to interview Furrer, a sixth round draft pick of the New York Rangers.
A few days later, on a warm Wednesday afternoon in a wide-ranging interview at Slapshot offices in Bern, Furrer talked about being drafted, his thoughts on the future, and representing Switzerland at the World Junior Championships in Halifax.Click here
to read the complete interview with Blueshirt prospect Philippe Furrer.PHILLIP FURRER FILE:BORN:
June 16, 1985HOMETOWN:
Rangers' seventh selection (sixth round - 179th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.2003-04 TEAM:
Bern (Swiss League)INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2003 World Junior Championship (Switzerland)SCOUTING REPORT:
A solid, mobile skater ... A reliable, dependable player who rarely makes mistakes ... Knows his limits and plays strictly within them ... Possesses great hockey sense ... A very ambitious person, both on and off the ice ... A good, honest competitor ... Plays an aggressive style ... Is tough and effective in his own end.