The re­turn of New­found­lan­ders Away

The fea­ture makes its 2017-18 de­but with just about 90 play­ers from this prov­ince

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New­found­lan­ders Away, The Tele­gram’s pop­u­lar weekly fea­ture, makes its first ap­pear­ance of 2017-18 in to­day’s edi­tion, fea­tur­ing about 90 play­ers from New­found­land and Labrador skat­ing with teams that stretch from Bri­tish Columbia to south­west­ern Siberia.

Those fa­mil­iar with this of­fer­ing know that be­sides pro­vid­ing a clear­ing­house of sta­tis­ti­cal up­dates on these play­ers, New­found­lan­ders Away also tracks their move­ments, whether through trades, pro­mo­tions or de­mo­tions, or switch­ing of leagues.

The fea­ture also al­lows the track­ing the ac­com­plish­ments of play­ers from this prov­ince or news­wor­thy happenings in their ca­reers.

For the first time in a long time, there are no Na­tional Hockey Lea­guers from New­found­land and Labrador on our list.

The clos­est thing per­haps is winger and for­mer NHLER Teddy Pur­cell from St. John’s who skates with Avan­gard Omsk (that’s the Siberian team) in the Kon­ti­nen­tal Hockey League, widely re­garded as the sec­ond-best cir­cuit in the world.

Pur­cell is also worth fol­low­ing since he has played in­ter­na­tion­ally for Canada this sea­son — he par­tic­i­pated with this coun­try’s en­try in the Kar­jala Cup in Fin­land last week. That would seem to put the 32-year-old in the con­ver­sa­tion for Canada’s 2018 Olympic team, al­though it still re­mains to be seen whether the KHL will do as the NHL did and de­cide against al­low­ing its play­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the Win­ter Games in South Korea.

As usual, we ask you assistance in our weekly com­pi­la­tion — if you know a player or play­ers you think should be on our list, please let us know, ei­ther by phone (709-748-0820) or by e-mail. A reminder: our list is re­stricted to those play­ing in pro­fes­sional, ma­jor ju­nior, ju­nior A (and the U.S. equiv­a­lent), Cana­dian univer­sity (U Sports) and Amer­i­can NCAA Div. 1 and Div. 3 leagues.

In case you are won­der­ing, there is no Div. 2 hockey in the NCAA.

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Teddy Pur­cell played for Canada at the 2012 world hockey cham­pi­onship and with the St. John’s na­tive play­ing in the KHL and hav­ing also suited up for the Cana­dian na­tional team in a re­cent tour­na­ment, there’s a shot he could be skat­ing in the Olympic Games in South Korea come Fe­bru­ary. Pur­cell is one of the play­ers we’ll be track­ing in The Tele­gram’s weekly fea­ture, New­found­lan­ders Away.

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