Oilers 1999 Training Camp Roster (#’s 41-60)

#41-Jason Chimera: Chimera was sent out on September 15, 1999. He scored a goal in pre-season and then began his pro career in Hamilton, scoring 15 goals for the Bulldogs. It was his first of three full seasons in the AHL before grabbing a job at age 23. He’s played in 292 NHL games now.
#42-Peter Sarno: He didn’t get a long look, as he was among 33 players cut on September 12, 1999. Sarno would spend three seasons in the AHL before heading to Finland for a year. When he came back to North America, at age 24, he got a cup of coffee in the NHL and has now played 7 games. Sarno played in Switzerland last year.
#44-Janne Niinimaa: He was about to begin his second full season as an Oiler. A fine player who is very close to the end of the line as an NHLer now, he has played in 741 NHL games.

  • #45-Chad Hinz: Hinz was sent out the same day as Sarno, but didn’t stick in the AHL. He was forced down the depth chart all the way to the ECHL in 99-00. He did play for 4 full seasons in the AHL and was called up due to injury but never played in the NHL. Hinz played a few games in the Central League this past season.
  • #46-Alexei Semenov: He was sent back to junior on September 12, 1999 and had a big year. When it was over, he made his pro debut in the playoffs for Hamilton. Semenov made the big club during 02-03 but never established himself as a physcial presence in the NHL. He was traded and then sent down to the AHL, eventually landing in the RSL. This past season saw him play as a fringe defender for Florida and he has played 142 NHL games. His career as an NHL player is in great doubt, with San Jose his latest destination.
  • #47-Mathieu Descoteaux: One of the last defenders cut in fall 1999, he was sent to Montreal in the Ulanov deal. He played in 5 NHL games, all with Montreal.
  • #48-Mike Gaffney: He was assigned to Hamilton on September 12, but the big defender ended up in Finland in 99-00 (Both Tikkanen and Antila met the same fate).
  • #49-Chris Hajt: He had played one AHL season by the summer of 1999 and was pretty well thought of in the organization. Hajt was a later cut (September 20) and there were only two D cuts after him (Todd Reirden was claimed by St. Louis September 30 and they sent Brad Norton down early October) that fall and would end up playing 6 NHL games (1 with Edmonton). Hajt is still active (Finland).
  • #50-Brent Bilodeau: Big defenseman was a 1st rder for Montreal in 1991 but never made the NHL. The Oilers actually released him on September 12, 1999 and he ended up playing in the ECHL that season (and now coaches Las Vegas in the same league).
  • #51-Ian Perkins: Huge goalie from Wainwright was fresh out of college (U of Alaska-Fairbanks) in fall 1999 and was sent to Hamilton on September 12. He played in the AHL, ECHL and Central League that season and I can’t find him playing anywhere past 2001.
  • #52-Curtis Sanford: The Oilers sent him back to junior on September 12, 1999 and he signed as a free agent with St. Louis October 9, 2000. Sanford eventually found his way to the NHL and has played 73 big league games.
  • #53-Brandon Lafrance: Oilers 7th rd pick in 1996, he was assigned to Hamilton September 12th and really never played in pro hockey (52 ECHL games, 3 in the Central League, all in 99-00).
  • #54-Alexander Zhurik: A 7th rd pick in 1993 for the Oilers, this defender was born in Minsk (you do know the Bobby Hull Minsk joke, right?). He played three full AHL seasons in the mid-90s and then went back to Russia for a season before the 1999 camp. He was sent down on September 12 and returned to Russia. Zhurik played for Belarus in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics.
  • #55-Tamas Groschl: Born in Budapest, he was a 1999 draft who was taken June 26, 1999 and went to camp a few weeks later. Apparently. Because although he is listed on the training camp roster, I can’t find what they did with him. Or to him.
  • #56-Brad Norton: A 1993 draft, he was so close to making the Oilers two seasons in a row. He was sent to Hamilton on October 1, 1999 and then the following year he actually made the roster but didn’t play because he was serving a suspension picked up in pre-season. Finally, he was signed as a free agent by Florida in the summer of 2001 and has since played 124 NHL games for 5(!!!) different teams.
  • #57-Sergei Yerkovich: Big defender was a pretty high pick (3rd rd, 1997) for the Oilers and actually was around until September 13, 1999. After they cut him the Oilers roster was down to 33. Yerkovich played the 99-00 season in the AHL and then returned to Russia.
  • #58-Jonathan Fauteux: Drafted in the 5th rd in 1999, he was in camp a few weeks later. He was returned to junior September 12 and ended up having an extremely short pro career.
  • #59-Trevor Ettinger: 6th rd pick by the Oilers in 1998, he was sent back to junior September 12. Like Fauteux, he had a very short pro career.
  • #60-Christian Chartier: A somewhat famous prospect because the Oilers couldn’t get him signed and so ended up signing Marc Andre Bergeron instead. Chartier was a 1999 pick (7th rd) who was sent to junior September 12, 1999. On June 6, 2001 the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Chartier and he has yet to play a game for them. A few days earlier, the Oilers had signed the undrafted Bergeron to an entry level deal.

    The rest tomorrow.

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2 Responses to "Oilers 1999 Training Camp Roster (#’s 41-60)"

  1. Kyle Kosior says:

    The Bobby Hull-Minsk joke?

  2. Lowetide says:


    Two guys talking. First guy says to the second guy, “What are you doing this weekend?”

    Second guy says “I’m heading to Minsk.”

    First guy: “Minsk??? Nothing comes out of Minsk but hookers and hockey players!”

    Second Guy: “My wife is from Minsk.”

    First Guy: “What position does she play?”


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