Boston Bruins fans, I know I want to keep up with the players who have already left for Europe and you may too, so here is the first in what will hopefully be a rather short series of updates on the Bruins in Europe. This is for games played from Sept. 28 to 30.
Anton Khudobin: Khudobin has been overseas with Russia's Atlant Moscow Oblast for a while now and has played five games to date. He was in net for a 5-4 shootout win against Vityaz Chekhov--which has kind of a different reputation among KHL teams--on Sept. 28. Then, on Sept. 30, he was there as Atlant lost 3-2 to Dinamo Minsk. For NHL players, Minsk currently has Pekka Rinne in net and Tim Stapleton on the roster too, though Stapleton signed with Minsk before the lockout. Next up for Khudobin and Atlant is Severstal Cherepovets on Oct. 2. Atlant stands at fifth in the KHL's Western Conference and eighth overall.
Tuukka Rask: Rask debuted with the Czech Republic's HC Skoda Plzen and got a 5-4 win on Sept. 30 versus the last-place HC Sparta Praha. He played the entire game and stopped 27 of 31 shots. Plzen, in fourth place in the league, will take on HC Kometa Brno on Oct. 2. Kometa features Boris Valabik, who was the other part of the trade that brought Rich Peverley to Boston.
Tyler Seguin: In his first game with Switzerland's EHC Biel, though he was the focus of many pictures from the game, he had just one point (an assist) as Biel lost 6-3 to the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers. Biel's next game will be on Oct. 2 against EV Zug, another team featuring NHL players Raphael Diaz, Linus Omark and Damien Brunner. Biel is seventh in the Swiss standings.
Note that, though Dennis Seidenberg was set to go to Germany on Oct. 1, that has been postponed due to an appointment he could not reschedule. His new arrival date will be announced later. In other departure news, Andrew Ference is set to go to the Czech Republic on Oct. 7 unless, by some kind of miracle, an agreement to end the lockout comes before then.
Stay tuned for more updates from the Bruins playing in Europe.
Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who will continue to keep track of the Bruins playing abroad like this for as long as she needs to do that.