Found May 16, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
The preliminary round of the World Hockey Championships concluded yesterday.  Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia leads the tournament with 13 points.  In second in scoring is Petri Kontiola of Finland.  He has 12 points.  This is a bit of a surprise since Kontiola is not an established NHL player.  Kontiola was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004.  He was 19 years old at the time.  In 2007 he decided to leave Finland to play in North America.  He spent two years in North America and spent most of his time in the AHL.  He played well in the AHL and was an all star in that league.  Despite that he wasn't given much of a shot to make the NHL.  He was given 12 games played with the Blackhawks in 2007/08, where he scored five points.  He was kept in the minors for the entire next season.  His entry level contract had ended and instead of staying in North America where he would likely make AHL money and ride the busses, he opted for a pay raise to play in the KHL.  Continue reading &q...

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