USA-born forward Brandon Bochenski will look to play for the Kazakhstan national hockey team this spring, as the former NHLer is currently in the process of receiving a new citizenship.

During his time in the NHL, Bochenski was rarely used as an offensive threat and more as a bottom six depth forward. In 156 career games, Bochenski was only able to muster 68 points with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks. Since leaving North America in May of 2010, Bochenski has played with the Kazakh KHL team, Barys Astana, where he currently serves as captain. Bochenski has become a very solid KHLer during his time overseas, sitting eighth all time in league scoring with 257 points in 250 games.

Since Bochenski has previously played with the American national team, Bochenski had to spend four consecutive seasons playing in Kazakhstan in order to warrant a transfer. If a player has already competed for one country at an official IIHF tournament, they must require the four year period before being able to transfer to another team that they currently are a citizen for. Just like in the two year case, a player isn’t allowed to compete for their previous country and has to play a minimum of four years in the new country.

Kazkahstan will look to earn promotion back into the top group for 2016 when they take to the ice for the Division IA World Championships in April. The country has failed to stay in the top group for more than a year since their three tournament stint from 2004-2006, bouncing up and down between the top group and Division IA ever since.

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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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