Catching Up With The Past is a weekly round up of all the news involving former NHL players and hockey legends in general. As always, click on the link for the original news stories.
NHL Premiere had some mixed reviews. But one guy who was happy to see the NHL come to Europe was former NHLer Zdeno Ciger. Ciger is still playing over in Slovakia, and he was excited to meet up with some old NHL friends, namely Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.
John Van Boxmeer is putting health issues behind him and enjoying hockey in Europe.
More than a few ex-NHLers are finding jobs in Switzerland, including Simon Gamache, Christian Dubé, Travis Roche, Sebastien Bordeleau and Ramzi Abid. All five played with SC Bern against the New York Rangers on Sept. 30th.
Lyle Richardson keeps us up to date with NHL cuts and possible NHL careers ending. See Lyle's take on the futures of Jeff O'Neill, Richard Matvichuk, Petr Nedved, Bryan Berard, Jim Dowd, Mark Bell, Rhett Warrener, Anders Eriksson and Jamie Lundmark.
Hockey great Bobby Orr revisits pain of many knee surgeries in new TV ad for Mastercard.
James McCreath talks to hockey legend Johnny Bower about his new book The China Wall
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggests NHL dynasties are still possible nowadays. If anyone would know it would be Holland. The Wings are the closest thing we have to a dynasty nowadays. Does a Cup win in 2009 qualify them as a true dynasty?
Former NHL agent David Frost is going on trial next week on charges of sexual exploitation.
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