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October 4, 2004

(CP) - The Montreal Canadiens lead the way among the six Canadian NHL clubs with nine players having signed deals to play in Europe during the lockout.

Jan Bulis, Radek Bonk, Critobal Huet, Jim Dowd, Niklas Sundstrom, Andrei Markov, Sheldon Souray, Michael Ryder and Marcel Hossa are biding their time overseas during the NHL labour dispute.

The Vancouver Canucks are Calgary Flames are next at eight apiece. Chris Clark signed with SC Bern in Switzerland on Sunday, joining seven other Flames teammates in Europe: Ville Nieminen, Steve Montador, Steve Reinprecht, Martin Gelinas, Marcus Nilson, Byron Ritchie and Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Canucks are well represented in Europe with Martin Rucinsky, Marek Malik, Jarkko Ruutu, Artem Chubarov, Sami Salo, Brendan Morrison, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

The Edmonton Oilers are next with seven players: Radek Dvorak, Ales Hemsky, Jani Rita, Mike York, Jussi Markkanen, Alexei Semenov and Shawn Horcoff.

The Ottawa Senators have five players overseas in Martin Prusek, Vaclav Varada, Martin Havlat, Marian Hossa and Zdeno Chara while the Toronto Maple Leafs have four in Tomas Kaberle, Karel Pilar, Pierre Hedin and Aki Berg.

As of Monday, there were 189 NHL players in Europe, the majority of whom have lockout clauses which permit them to return to North America if and when the labour dispute ends.

©The Canadian Press 2004
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