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Higgins to Italy?

Posted By On August 31, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Uncategorized | 191 Comments

A story made the rounds yesterday that Chris Higgins had signed to play in Italy next season [1].

But I figured out it wasn’t THE Chris Higgins, because THE CH goes by Christopher … and because the story was accompanied by a photo of him celebrating a goal … and we know that couldn’t be THE Christopher Higgins, could it?

Forty days (and forty nights, I guess) before Opening Night.

No. 40: Begins and ends with Gale Sayers, one of the two or three greatest running backs I’ve ever seen — I’d go Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson if I had to choose. He was also a kick return waiting to happen.


Well, according to the NHLPA, the Rangers have two of the top rookie prospects in the league. Sounds like a guess, though:


TORONTO, ON (August 30, 2010)Twenty-three of the top NHL rookie prospects will gather outside of Toronto at the MasterCard Centre on Wednesday, September 1, for the 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase. This unique event will provide Upper Deck and Panini America – the official trading card partners of the NHLPA and the NHL – with an exclusive opportunity to photograph many of the game’s top young prospects for the first time in their official NHL team uniforms, in shots that will be used for upcoming trading card and memorabilia launches.

The 23 NHL rookie prospects in attendance for the 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase will be available for media scrums prior to the event at approximately 9:15 a.m.

NHL prospects scheduled to be in attendance include:

Taylor Hall (EDM), Tyler Seguin (BOS), Nazem Kadri (TOR), Jordan Eberle (EDM), Kyle Beach (CHI), Jonathon Blum (NSH), Joe Colborne (BOS),  Scott Glennie (DAL), Erik Gudbranson (FLA), Calvin de Haan (NYI ), Zach Hamill (BOS), Ryan Johansen (CBJ), Jacob Markstrom (FLA), Ryan McDonagh (NYR), Chet Pickard (NSH), Brayden Schenn (LAK), Jordan Schroeder (VAN), Kevin Shattenkirk (COL), Jeff Skinner (CAR), Magnus Svensson Paajarvi (EDM), Tomas Tatar (DET), Mattias Tedenby (NJ), and Mats Zuccarello-Aasen (NYR).

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[1] Chris Higgins had signed to play in Italy next season: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/hockey/other_nhl/view/20100817chris_higgins_pro_hockey_journey_taking_him_to_italy/srvc=sports&position=also