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Tom Preissing, who was released by Rogle in Sweden just last month, has signed with TPS in Finland for the remainder of the season.

Preissing was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Jose Sharks on April 4, 2003.After a strong training camp with the Sharks, Preissing was a surprise inclusion on the opening night roster for the 2003–04 season. Tom played the full season with the Sharks where he had two goals and seventeen assists in 69 games. He was praised for making the step directly from college to the NHL without stopping in the AHL and was named San Jose’s rookie of the year in 2004.In the 2005–06 season, Preissing broke out, scoring 43 points in seventy-four games to have the second-highest-scoring season by a defenseman in Sharks history behind only Sandis Ozolinsh. He also carried a +17 plus-minus rating, which ranked first among Sharks defensemen.On July 9, 2006, Preissing and Josh Hennessy were traded by the Sharks to the Chicago Blackhawks for Mark Bell.

Without NHL interest in 20010, Preissing returned to Europe for the first time since 2005, signing a one-year contract with Kärpät of the Finnish SM-liiga on September 16, 2010. Under the agreement, Tom first joined Kazakh team, Barys Astana of the Russian KHL, to start the 2010–11 season on a two month loan through to November in order to attain game conditioning. On September 17, Preissing made a successful debut with Astana scoring a goal in a 6-5 overtime loss to Salavat Yulaev Ufa. However, just two days later in his second game in a 4-1 victory against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Preissing’s tenure in the KHL was cut short when he suffered a serious knee injury. Due to return to Kärpät in November, but with the prospects of being unable to play from the injury, Preissing came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract on October 11, 2010. On July 11, 2011, Preissing signed a one-year contract with Swiss team EHC Biel for the 2011–12 season. In 29 games, Preissing contributed with 7 points before leaving at years end to sign with Swedish club, Rögle BK of the Elitserien on a one-year contract on July 15, 2012.

This season, Priessing offensively produced early with Rögle BK but with defensive performance below expectations, he was released by Rögle having scored 12 points in 29 games on December 5, 2012.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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