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Kevin Croxton on Blues Traverse City Roster

Kevin Croxton, an unsigned forward who participated in the Lightning's tryout camp last month, has been invited as a tryout prospect by the Blues to the Traverse City tournament. Croxton, who had one goal and one assist in scrimmages, was extended an offer to attend Springfield's camp upon completion of the tryout. The 6'3", 200 lb. right wing competed collegiately at RPI last season, posting a 14-25-39 line with 28 PIM in 31 games. He then received tryout contract (PTO) with Springfield. He posted 2-2-4 in 10 games with 0 PIM.

Lada Cup Completed

Host Lada Togliatti won the Lada Cup today defeating Nizhnekamsk 2-1. Mike Fountain was in net for Lada and received best goaltender honors for the tournament. In the other game of the day, Kazan defeated Ufa 3-1. Dimitri Kazionov was held scoreless. In the Tampere Cup, Tuukka Rask guided Ilves to a 3-1 win over cross town rival Tappara.

Back to School

Bolt Prospects has learned defenseman Kevin Quick, who made such a strong impression on Lightning management at last month's prospect camp, appears to be going back to Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut rather than join a junior team in the USHL. Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said that Quick, a 2006 Fourth Round pick, also has an eye toward attending an Ivy League school in 2007, where he will play hockey. Rumors from around the internet had suggested Quick was/is being recruited by powerhouses such as North Dakota and Minnesota of the WCHA to name a few. Feaster indicated the family's decision is not final at this point, but returning to school is the likely choice. He said the organization will continue to be "persistent, but patient" with Quick as he begins his young career. The club is excited about about Quick's ultimate future, and is taking a "good things come to those who wait" attitude toward the present situation.

Lada Cup/Tampere Cup

In the third leg of the Lada Cup, [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] and Lada Togliatti were bested 4-3 in overtime today by Ak Bars Kazan. Despite the defeat, Togliatti moves on to the championship game of the tournament. Dimitri Kazionov was held scoreless for the first time in the tournament for Kazan. In Tampere Cup action, Tuukka Rask returned to action for Ilves and was beaten 5-2 by Metallurg Magnitogorsk. [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] watched from the bench.

Tampere Cup Underway

The education of young [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] at the elite level of European hockey continued today. Despite allowing 6 goals in his team's opening match of the Tampere Cup today against Swiss team SC Bern, Helenius got the W in penalty shots 7-6. Former Kelowna Rocket Lauris Darzins had the winning goal in the shootout. It should be noted SC Bern has several former NHLers on their roster including Sebastien Bordeleau, Christian Berglund and Simon Gamache. Ilves faces its toughest test of the tournament tomorrow against Russian Superleague power Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The third stage of the Lada Cup will also take place Thursday.
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