Player of the Month
The European Hockey.Net European Player of the Month is awarded to the player with the most oustanding performance over the course of the month
Nominations are collected at the end of each month, then a vote by the site's admin team decides the winner.
October 2006 - Kimmo Rintanen
The October Player of the Month award has been won by Finnish forward Kimmo Rintanen.
Rintanen, 33 years old, is currently in his sixth season with Swiss NationalLiga A side Kloten Flyers and has made an impact right from his arrival. Last month Rintanen underlined his good form by scoring no less than 11 goals along with 15 assists in just 12 games to lead his team in scoring.
The two-time SM-Liiga Golden Helmet winner is reknowned for his technique and has appeared in various instruction videos which are sold globally. Other than that Rintanen has won the Gentlemen Player award no less than four times in Finland and has represented his national team for over a decade.
After two of his most productive seasons in Finland, the Finnish forward went for a change of scenery and moved to Switzerland in 2001. His performance with Kloten has been consistent since. He averages 50 points per season and is the dynamo on which the team is running.
Expect an exclusive interview with this winner to follow in the next few days.
The European Hockey.Net October Player of the Month competition was dominated by Scandinavians as they took the complete top 3.
Runner-up was young and talented Swede Niklas Bäckström. Despite still junior eligible, the forward is making a huge impression at the elite level with BrynÃ¤s and led the league in scori
In third place was Finn Makku Vuorisalo who is currently playing in Norway with Furuset. So far this season, the offensive player has scored nearly half of his team's goals along with countryman Teemu Kuusisto. He averages two points per games over the first 11 games of the season.
- March 2007 - Petr Sykora
- February 2007 - Bernd Brückler
- January 2007 - Martin Prochazka
- December 2006 - Martin Kariya
- November 2006 - Pavel Brendl
- October 2006 - Kimmo Rintanen
- September 2006 - Aleksei Morozov
- May 2006 - Kenny Jönsson
- April 2006 - Aleksei Morozov
- March 2006 - Reto von Arx
- February 2006 - Nicklas Lidström
- January 2006 - Patrick Yetman
- December 2005 - Miroslav Hala
- November 2005 - Vasily Koshechkin
- October 2005 - Tony Salmelainen
- September 2005 - Sergei Zinoviev
- May 2005 - Jaromir Jagr
- April 2005 - Henrik Lundqvist
- March 2005 - Henrik Lundqvist
- February 2005 - Marian Gaborik
- January 2005 - Jaromir Jagr
- December 2004 - Tim Thomas
- November 2004 - Marian Hossa
- October 2004 - Jukka Voutilainen
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