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08:21 AM ET 10.02 | Just what the Flyers need: Another goaltending sidebar. The Flyers' top farm team, the Adirondack Phantoms, will have numerous great storylines this season. Perhaps none is more interesting than the development of goalie Niko Hovinen, a native of Helsinki, Finland. No goaltender in the AHL will be taller than the 6-foot-7 Hovinen, who is coming off a superb season in Finland (2.26 goals-against average, .920 save percentage) and will be playing his first pro season in North America. ... His father, Seppo, was rated the no. 1 javelin thrower in the world in 1975 and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and his mother, Ulla, holds the all-time Finnish record for the women's discus and she finished fourth in the ['84 Games].

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October 2, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Now we know where all the East German scientists who developed those women swimmers and pole vaulters went.....Helsinki

October 2, 2012  08:58 AM ET

If this gig doesn't work out he can always play football in Miami. He is a Fin after all.

October 2, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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If this gig doesn't work out he can always play football in Miami. He is a Fin after all.

Nice. And his father sounds like a missing Marx Brother.

October 2, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Soooooooooo, he can throw a stick like a javelin and a puck like a discus. Let's hope he can actually stop the puck with his stick at this level.

October 2, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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Nice. And his father sounds like a missing Marx Brother.

Now, that's good. I see what you did there. Which is good for me being a tad slow like I usually am.

October 2, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Seppo and Ulla begat Niko , and Niko begat Ilya as the new Luongo.

October 2, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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Seppo and Ulla begat Niko , and Niko begat Ilya as the new Luongo.

Hold on. He has to get past Leighton on the depth chart so let's not get ahead of ourselves here ;)

October 2, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Hold on. He has to get past Leighton on the depth chart so let's not get ahead of ourselves here ;)

Let's Go Leighton. Clap Clap Clap

October 2, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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Now, that's good. I see what you did there. Which is good for me being a tad slow like I usually am.

Growing up did they have a sign on your street saying "Slow Children Playing?"

I always thought that was a bit mean....and loved it.

October 2, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Hold on. He has to get past Leighton on the depth chart so let's not get ahead of ourselves here ;)

ahahahahaha

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October 2, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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Growing up did they have a sign on your street saying "Slow Children Playing?"I always thought that was a bit mean....and loved it.

No, they didn't, which some of us took as a sign of a conspiracy by the parents to thin the herd a bit.

Actually, I grew up on a one-way street and every now and then some teenage yahoo thought it would be a fun idea to go up the street the wrong way. It gave new meaning to our dodge ball games.

October 2, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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No, they didn't, which some of us took as a sign of a conspiracy by the parents to thin the herd a bit.Actually, I grew up on a one-way street and every now and then some teenage yahoo thought it would be a fun idea to go up the street the wrong way. It gave new meaning to our dodge ball games.

Hahahahahaha.......same story here but with a minor twist; instead of the teenagers driving up the wrong way on the one way. it was the angry old couple who always yelled at us to get off their lawn.

October 2, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Hahahahahaha.......same story here but with a minor twist; instead of the teenagers driving up the wrong way on the one way. it was the angry old couple who always yelled at us to get off their lawn.

Yea, we had a couple of those angry oldsters, too. When you live on a street that's wide enough for one lane of traffic with cars parked on both sides of the street, you hone your reflexes very well scrambling to get the net out of the way of a wrong way driver plowing thru your street hockey game. :)

October 2, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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Growing up did they have a sign on your street saying "Slow Children Playing?"I always thought that was a bit mean....and loved it.

That didn't bother me...............but my parents blindfolding me and telling me to sit on the white line until it was time for dinner was sort of disturbing.

October 2, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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When you live on a street that's wide enough for one lane of traffic with cars parked on both sides of the street, you hone your reflexes

yes...and I always hated the 5 yd down and outs on the football games. parked cars hurt

October 2, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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That didn't bother me...............but my parents blindfolding me and telling me to sit on the white line until it was time for dinner was sort of disturbing.

LOL - At least you got dinner.

October 2, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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Let's Go Leighton. Clap Clap Clap

You should probably take antibiotics for that.

 
October 2, 2012  12:29 PM ET
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That didn't bother me...............but my parents blindfolding me and telling me to sit on the white line until it was time for dinner was sort of disturbing.

What ? No lawn chair ? Very cruel !

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