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    Netherlands Netherlands' Prospects

    I was checking out some Deutsche Nachwuschliga rosters and noticed that there seem to be some promising young players from the Netherlands. Two names that jumped out were Nardo Nagtzaam and Levi Houkes of Krefeld. Can anyone tell me more about these players and /or any other up-and-coming Dutch players?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yursh View Post
    I was checking out some Deutsche Nachwuschliga rosters and noticed that there seem to be some promising young players from the Netherlands. Two names that jumped out were Nardo Nagtzaam and Levi Houkes of Krefeld. Can anyone tell me more about these players and /or any other up-and-coming Dutch players?
    Not a hell of a lot :) Nardo and Levi are both from the Nijmegen-area and played for Nijmegen's youth teams. They both seem to be doing very well in the DNL, although I understand that Nardo has now left Krefeld to try his luck elsewhere. Levi was a member of the Dutch U18 squad that won the World Cup U18 Division ll, Group A this year.

    Timothy Gerritsen is another young Nijmegen-born player who played for Krefeld in the DNL. He played for the Nijmegen Emperors last season. Former Dutch national coach, now Kölner Haie (DEL) coach, Doug Mason has a son who also played for Krefeld in the DNL a few years ago. Diego Hofland is another Dutch junior who played in the DNL. He was on the Düsseldorf roster in 2005-06, although I am not sure what he did in 2006-07.

    Whether these guys will make it to any decent level remains to be seen. Timothy Gerritsen seems stuck in the dutch Eredivisie for now. I have read articles that claim Nardo Nagtzaam has what it takes to make it to the DEL. It is a long way from that junior league to Germany's top league however. We'll keep our fingers crossed though... It would be good for Dutch hockey if we had a player at a decent level.

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    promising dutch players

    Hello Yursh,

    Nardo is probably playing in Cologne next year.
    You can see his stats on:

    www.deb-online.de

    then press: ligenspielbetrieb

    nachwuchsligen

    US landbanking nachwuchsliga

    statistik

    Here you will find the following dutch players:

    Nardo Nagtzaam 1990 (Krefeld Pinguins)
    Levi Houkes 1991 (Krefeld Pinguins)
    Diego Hofland 1990 (Düsseldorf Metro Stars)

    In the juniorliga you will find also

    Mitch Bruijsten 1989 (Mosquitos Essen)

    Next year we will have
    Julian van Lijden (1992) also in the DNL, he plays for Berlin Eisbären

    Regards J.C.

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    Wow! Very comprehensive.

    Thankyou very much, J.C., and welcome to the forum.

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    I was unaware of this, but apparently Nardo Nagtzaam was attending the training camp of the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He will however be returning to Germany this season.

    On another note, goalie, Tomislav Hrelja, will play in Finland for Sport Vaasa's junior squad this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yursh View Post
    I was unaware of this, but apparently Nardo Nagtzaam was attending the training camp of the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He will however be returning to Germany this season.

    On another note, goalie, Tomislav Hrelja, will play in Finland for Sport Vaasa's junior squad this year.
    correct. Nardo was in Sioux camp and decided to come back in Germany for another year. He'll return in US at end of upcoming season.

    Tomislav Hrelja will play for Sport jun. and will be 3rd goalie in senior roster

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    Mitch Bruijsten (1989) is playing in Sioux and was named forward of the week in the USHL.
    Mike Dalhuijsen, defence(1989) plays for Lincoln in the USHL and Diederick Hagemeijer forward (1988) plays for Tri City also USHL.

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    Here's a weird one for ya.

    I just returned from playing with my Wednesday group and I noticed something out of the ordinary. One of the guys had a stick with the name "Dalhuisen" on it. I asked him if he knew anything about the name on his stick, he hadn't the faintist idea why it was on there. He said he bought it at Canadian Tire for $40.

    I can think of only one player with that name.
    Now how do you suppose that name got printed on that stick, hmm?

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    which brand was it, because i saw Mikes sticks this morning at the airport.
    he plays with a dark red CCM stick

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    Quote Originally Posted by yursh View Post
    One of the guys had a stick with the name "Dalhuisen" on it. I asked him if he knew anything about the name on his stick, he hadn't the faintist idea why it was on there. He said he bought it at Canadian Tire for $40.
    Mike's father has/had a hockeystore in Canada, at xcitehockey.com. I see the website is offline though. The only thing I can think of, is that the Dalhuisen's have started their own brand and are supplying Canadian Tire.
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    Mitch Bruijsten is ranked 152nd among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm ranking. I think it means he has a realistic chance to be drafted if he continues to play well.

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    Sorry for my ignorance(or if i have missed it in this thread), but in that case will Mitch be the first player to get drafted from the Netherlands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    Sorry for my ignorance(or if i have missed it in this thread), but in that case will Mitch be the first player to get drafted from the Netherlands?
    That's correct !

    gr.

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    17 years old Lester Brown will play for Gatineau Olympiques in QMJHL from next season.
    Born in Amsterdam he spent last years in North America, in Toronto and then in EJHL with Tri State Selects where in this season was team' s top scorer with 37 points in 42 matches.
    Brown will be the first Dutchman playing in QMJHL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    17 years old Lester Brown will be the first Dutchman playing in QMJHL
    Dutch? He has neither Dutch name nor Dutch surname.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drax View Post
    Dutch? He has neither Dutch name nor Dutch surname.
    Well, we'll have to find out his story.....

    At first glance, Douglas Murray does not sound Swedish either.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drax View Post
    Dutch? He has neither Dutch name nor Dutch surname.
    He was born and rised in the Netherlands. His father Steve Brown lives in the Netherlands for many years.
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    Where do you guess is Red Bull Salzburg player Victor Lidgren from ;-)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexKramer View Post
    Where do you guess is Red Bull Salzburg player Victor Lidgren from ;-)?
    Not to mention Semir Ben-Amor, Mika Hannula, Josef Boumedienne, Leo Komarov, Wojtek Wolski etc. etc.
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    Names give good hint where a player is from when you have no precise idea but sometimes it can be very misleading ;-)
    Like the Slovenian Rodman brothers (Rohdmahn) are almost always Rodman like Denis the menace in AUT media the name just looks too English...Then again the very Austrian national team player Michael Lampert was made into a Mike Lampert several times - but at this time the whole Austrian team was half Canadian so it was worth a try ;-)

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    Joe Sakic and Ed Jovanovski were winning medals for Canada, but both their fathers originate from former Yugoslav republics, Croatia and Macedonia respectively. I find such things interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drax View Post
    Joe Sakic and Ed Jovanovski were winning medals for Canada, but both their fathers originate from former Yugoslav republics, Croatia and Macedonia respectively. I find such things interesting.

    What about a guy named Gretzky, doesn't sounds canadien either.
    If you ask me, Canada and North America are "immigrant-country's"
    and a "real canadien" doesn't really exist. Almost all their parents/grandparents
    are from european origin. For example check out the NHL rosters, almost every
    team has players with a dutch surname, they would proubably make a gold-winning Dutch
    national team every Olympic tournament.


    E_

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    Back to the topic: forward Jabbo Smulders (born 1988) played the last season in Rheinfelden (swiss 2. Liga).

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    Dutch forward Mitch Bruijsten (ex-Nijmegen, Essen, Sioux City) will join the University of Alaska in Anchorage next season. This means three dutch qualified players in the NCAA with the others being Mike Dalhuisen (ex-Nijmegen, Lindsey, Lincoln) and Steve Mason (ex-Tilburg, Krefeld, Stratford, Nipawin).

    All three have played for the Dutch national team over the past few seasons and have in common that they left the country at an early age to pursue a career in hockey. Steve Mason is Doug Mason's son.

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    Netherlands 1989 class

    I have made a ranking of the best Dutch prospects/young players by year of birth and position, let me know your thoughts.

    1989
    Forwards
    Mitch Bruijsten
    Ritchie van Hulten
    Jeffrey Mens
    Joey Oosterveld
    Dave van Mol
    Zahir Hup
    Robbert Marcelis
    Nick Verschuren
    Dylan Foks

    Defensemen
    Mike Dalhuisen
    Glenn Bakx
    Bram van Uden
    Kenneth Keijzer
    Freark de Jong

    Goalies
    Tomislav Hrelja
    Shane Sturkenboom

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    Netherlands Class of 1988

    1988 Class

    Forwards
    Ivy van den Heuvel (Steve Mason? does anyone know if he's got dutch citizenship?)
    Diederick Hagemeijer
    Jeroen van den Broek
    Joy Turpijn
    Timothy Gerritsen
    Jolke Balt
    Alwin Assenberg
    Chris Lok
    Jabbo Smulders
    Bryan Hoogenraad
    Willy Schut
    Reinier Holthof
    Jeffrey Fousert
    Bas Beeksma

    Defensemen
    Rick Wijnen
    Max van Lieshout
    Jasper Jaspers

    Goalies
    Ian Meierdres
    Sjoerd Idzenga
    Wouter Leenen

    The defense is noticeably weaker than 89'
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    Netherlands Class of 1987

    Class of 1987

    Forwards
    Tony Demelinne
    Kevin Bruijsten
    Ronald Wurm
    Brent Janssen
    Andreas Kraan
    Duncan Rode
    Angelo van Hulten
    Elroy Broos
    Mark Schra
    Valentijn Faber

    Defensemen
    Jordy van Oorschot
    Jeroen Oosterwijk
    Lars van Lieshout
    Eric Dijkstra

    Goalies
    Jacob van duin
    Thijs van Oosterhout

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    Netherlands Class of 1986

    Class of 1986

    Forwards
    Akim Ramoul
    Alan van Bentem
    Sander Dijkstra
    Bart van Roosmalen
    Remo Speijers
    Onur Mete
    Sirio Barone
    Mark Siemonsma

    Defensemen
    Michael Brandasu
    Dennis Donders
    Dennis Schreur

    Goalies
    Martijn Maghielse
    Kisito Zonneveld
    Jan Kruit

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    Of these guys, I would have to say that Mitch Bruijsten and Mike Dalhuisen have the most upside. They along with Kevin Bruijsten, Akim Ramoul, Jordy van Oorschot, Tony Demelinne, Ivy van den Heuvel and Diederick Hagemeijer have all played with the senior mens team. It will be interesting to see if these guys will form the core of the dutch national team in the upcoming years.

    Here's hoping the best for these guys and the future of dutch hockey, Hup Holland!

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    Any news on where Michael Brandasu will play? He spend the past seasons in the danish second tier league, but will not continue there.

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    Apparently he is playing in Norway for Stavanger. He's played a game with the top team.

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    He was born and rised in the Netherlands. His father Steve Brown lives in the Netherlands for many years.
    'The' Steve Brown?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasma View Post
    'The' Steve Brown?
    Yep!
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    What does anybody know about this Julian Van Lijden cat?

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=42704

    Put up some pretty impressive numbers in the German Junior league (DNL) this past season. I half expected him to get picked up in the CHL import draft yesterday, but alas was disappointed when he didn't. Is he a prospect for next year's NHL entry draft, hmm hmm?

    Also of interest is the fact that he was born in Bogota, Columbia. Ahh, ice hockey is becoming wonderfully diverse. :)

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    Looks like he was picked up by Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL for the upcoming season.

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    Dutch junior Dax van de Velden has caused some irritations with Klagenfurter AC. Van de Velden was channeled to KAC for a try-out by Austrian player agent Thommy Cijan but on the first occasion he was lured away by Red Bull Salzburg to join their program. Now KAC is not amused (although they had confirmed before just to let the young man train with their team and not sign him anyway). In Salzburg van de Velden will most likely play in the farm team in Austria's second league.
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    Nardo Nagtzaam is leading the NAHL (jr.a tier2) in points currently. in 3 games he has 5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points and 6 pims. he's playing for Alexandria Blizzard
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    Nardo plays for NCAA Div I Mercyhurst next saison
    Which means that we now have 4 Dutchies in the NCAA Div I:

    Mike Dalhuizen - Mitch Bruijsten - Steve Mason - Nardo Nagtzaam

    Now only another defense and we have a complete NCAA div I line for the national team.

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    Van Lijden has been spotted in Alexandria Nahl.

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    A question for our Dutch experts:
    Isn't it pretty weird that Tony Demelinne (http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=25703) couldn't get a spot in the Swedish Div.1? I know Nybro play in a really good conference, but they are not better than being placed in the middle of the standings.
    Doesn't this kinda lowers people's view of the Dutch League?
    Just curious... :)

    Thanks!

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    Van Lijden has been spotted in Alexandria Nahl.
    I believe he's with the Topeka Roadrunners at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    A question for our Dutch experts:
    Isn't it pretty weird that Tony Demelinne (http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=25703) couldn't get a spot in the Swedish Div.1? I know Nybro play in a really good conference, but they are not better than being placed in the middle of the standings.
    Doesn't this kinda lowers people's view of the Dutch League?
    First off: I'm by no means an expert. I'm just the guy in the stands, banging the drum. But I'll try, anyway:

    It's hard to determine people's view of the Dutch league when you're not on the outside looking in.
    I know that a lot of people were stoked that he even gotthe opportunity to try out, not a lot of Dutch born players have been able to play abroad since the days of Leo vd Thillart and Tommy Hartogs.
    The fact that he didn't make the cut may seem disappointing, but he did get an invite to Nybro's camp in May 2012, so the Sweden-story is far from over for him.

    Also bear in mind that in the Dutch league, last season he was linemates with Phil Aucoin and TJ Caig. Not the shabbiest linemates to be teamed up with. At Nybro, he was probably expected to fill a different type of role than the one he had with HYS (this is my speculation).
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    Jordi van Gaal will be the sixth Dutchman to play NCAA hockey.

    The young netminder, who has a Dutch as well as a Belgian passport, will play for Nicols College (NCAA Div. III) next season. In the past, he played for Junior NT's of The Netherlands. This season he played for Bridgton Academy.

    Other Dutch players in NCAA hockey:

    Mike Dalhuisen (Quinnipiac, Div. I)
    Nardo Nagtzaam (Mercyhurst, Div. I)
    Steve Mason (Miami Ohio, Div. I)
    Mitch Bruijsten (ex-Alaska Anchorage, Div. I)
    Ryan Collier (Bowdoin, Div. III)
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