Player: Patrick Thoresen
Played with WBS Penguins: 2006-07
Where is he now? Playing for St. Petersburg SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League (Russia) and a member Norway’s 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey team.
Thoresen’s tenure with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was brief — five games during a season spent mostly with the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL. But that year, during which Thoresen appeared in 68 games with Edmonton, would mark the last time the native of Norway would have an extended NHL stay.
The following season Thoresen joined the Springfield Falcons for 29 games — producing 26 points — and still played in 17 games with Edmonton. Also that season he appeared in 21 games with the Philadelphia Flyers, producing only five assists.
After that, Thoresen headed back overseas, spending a season in the Swiss league before moving on to the KHL for the last five years. During 106 career NHL games, Thoresen, 30, totalled six goals and 24 points. In 34 AHL games, he had 14 goals and 32 points.
But in Russia, Thoresen has found his scoring groove, posting 20-plus goals in all but one season and producing at a point-per-game clip every year.
Interestingly, he’s not the only former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin to make an Olympic squad this year. Michal Rozsival (Czech), Tomas Surovy (Slovakia), Brooks Orpik (United States) are the others.
— Tom Venesky