An additional four players have left the National Hockey League to play overseas, the most notable being Martin Straka. Here’s a rundown of the most recent to leave the NHL:
Alex Brooks (D) – Formerly with the St. Louis Blues
2007-2008: 70 GP – 0 G – 8 A – 8 Pts. – 90 PIM With the Peoria Rivermen (AHL)
^Signed with Lahti (SML-A)
Chris Collins (LW) – Formerly with the Boston Bruins
2007-2008: 72 GP – 22 G – 19 A – 41 Pts. – 75 PIM With the Providence Bruins (AHL)
^Signed with Lukko (SML-A)
Mike Morrison (G) – Formerly with the New York Islanders
2007-2008: 43 GP – 23 W – 17 L – 1 OTL – 2.80 GAA – .911 SV% With the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
^Signed with Ljubljana (EBEL)
Martin Straka (C) – Formerly with the New York Rangers
2007-2008: 65 GP – 14 G – 27 A – 41 Pts.
^Signed with his former Czech Republic club Plzen
It is sad to see Straka go, especially as a long-time Penguins fan. At my first ever Penguins game Straka scored a hat trick. Being a part of that at such a young age turned me on to hockey and I have never turned back. Hopefully he gets a ton of money and is able to play for a few more years.