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Henrik Lundqvist:

Currently playing for the New York Rangers, first met Perry Elderbroom in 2003 and work with Perry and GITN while in Sweden. Hank was so impressed he purchased the GITN – Sweden franchise, which he operated until recently. Henrik sometimes called Hank to his friends and referred as King Henrik to most of the fans who watch him play. He won a Gold Medal at the 2006 Olympic games in Torino, Italy and in the Gold Medal game faced off against another GITN goalie. As a matter of fact 3 out of the 4 goalies out on the ice that day were trained by GITN.

Some of his other accomplishments were winning the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL in 2012, to being in the Stanley Cup finals in 2014 where GITN Founder Perry Elderbroom was present for games 3 and 4 in New York City. Hank is still supportive to Perry and the GITN program and so are the New York Rangers who always support the Aaron C. Cornwell Memorial Scholarship Program, which is available to all GITN students pursuing their education. For more information please check out the scholarship program on the web site.

 

Kari Lehtonen:

Currently playing for the Dallas Stars, first attended GITN in the mid 90’s as a young student in Finland, later he attended the GITN pro camp in Finland where Perry helped him prepare for his transition from European to North American play for the NHL. Kari was drafted 2nd overall in the 2002 NHL draft, which was the highest drafted European goalie in NHL history.

In one of his first seasons in North America he played for the Chicago Wolves and selected to the All-Star Team where he was one of 3 GITN goalies to be selected that year to play in the All-Star game. The other GITN goalies were David LeNeveu and Antero Niittymaki.

Robin Lehner:

Currently playing for the Buffalo Sabers, first attended GITN in the early 2000’s where his father Michael became involved with GITN.  Robin later also worked with GITN - Sweden along with Henrik Lundqvist for years. Robin was selected in the second round by the Ottawa Senators in the 2009 NHL draft and was the MVP in the Calder Cup Playoffs as the Binghamton Senators claimed the championship in 2011.

Karri Ramo:

Currently playing for the Calgary Flames, first attended GITN in Finland for several years as a young person and into his junior career. Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2004 NHL draft. He played along side with Tuukka Rask for Finland at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver.  Karri spent several seasons playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, where he was selected to be the starting goalie for the Eastern Conference All-Star Game two consecutive seasons collecting more fan voles then anyone else in the league.

Oscar Dansk:

Drafted 31st overall in the 2012 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and currently playing for their farm team the Springfield Falcons. Oscar grew up with GITN and first experienced it in Sweden in 2002 and later took trips to Canada where he trained both during the summer time as well as at the GITN Training Facility in Parksville on Vancouver Island. GITN founder Perry Elderbroom said he was one of the most committed and driven goalies he had ever seen for his age and was his personal goalie coach for several years both in Sweden and Canada. Recently Oscar played for Sweden’s National Junior Team in 2014 and won a Silver Medal in front of the homeland crowd in Sweden.

David LeNeveu:

Recently backup up Henrik Lundqvist in the Stanley Cup Finals with the New York Rangers in 2014. Where he invited GITN founder Perry Elderbroom for games 3 and 4 in New York. David has grown up with GITN from a young boy and continues to train and support the program. He won a Silver Medal for Canada’s Junior National Team in Halifax in 2003 and was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002 where he was selected 46th overall.

Before going to university David played for the Nanaimo Clippers in the BCHL so that he could be close to Perry and train and prepare for college. He elected to play for Cornell University, were in 2002 after playing 32 games, he posted a 1.20 GGA and a .940 save % while compiling 9 shutouts. He was a finalist for the Hobbie Baker award as the top college player.  David and his family reside in the Nanaimo area on Vancouver Island where he and Perry remain close and David still helps out and shows up at clinics and summer camps when he is available.

Antero Niittymaki:

Recently has retired as a player and is now a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers organization, the team that drafted him in 1998. He first began working with GITN in 2001 and was paired with Fredrik Norrena when they both played on the TPS team in Finland’s highest league. Niitty has stayed involved with GITN throughout his professional career and remains a close friend and supporter of the program.

Niitty has 2 Olympic Medals for Finland; in 2006 he won Silver and was named the MVP of the tournament. He also won a Silver Medal for Finland in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic games. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2005 until 2009, when he signed with Tampa Bay for one season and then a 2-year contract with the San Jose Sharks in 2010. Before the beginning of the second year of his contract Niitty had hip surgery, which ultimately ended his career as a player.

 

Fredrick Norrena:

Recently retired from the game as a goalie and is now a goalie coach for Turku, Finland’s TPS team in the Finish Elite league. Freddy was one of goalies attending the very first GITN camp in Finland, he caught the eye of GITN founder Perry Elderbroom who actually invited him to come to Canada to play hockey. Freddy owns and operates the GITN – Finland franchise along with his cousin Stefan Bostrom. 

Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2002 he was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006. Although Fredrick only played 3 seasons in the NHL his career was mostly played overseas where he won 4 Finish Championships in Finland, won a Championship in Sweden playing along with Henrik Lundqvist and he also won another Championship playing in Russia in the Kontinental Hockey League with AK Bars, In addition Freddy has an Olympic Silver Medal from Torino, Italy in 2006. Another Silver and Bronze Medals at the World Hockey Championships while playing a record number of games for Finland’s National Team from 2002 until 2007.