In the brief history of the Champions League, no Italian team had ever made the round of 16…until now.
The Bolzano Foxes punched their ticket by coming out of their pool alongside Sweden’s Skelleftea, meaning IFK Helsinki from Finland was done. The Foxes are led by a group of former NHLers, including Michael Blunden, Daniel Catenacci and Andrew Crescenzi. The star in net is 2006 Calgary Flames first-rounder Leland Irving, who has found a prime landing spot for himself and his young family. “Bolzano has been awesome,” Irving said. “It’s a beautiful area right by the mountains with nice, warm weather, vineyards and apple orchards. And the food is hard to beat.”
Irving got his first taste of Europe back in 2013-14 with Jokerit in Finland. The next year, he joined Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the K...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.