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Blackhawks take goal scorer No. 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 22 (UPI) -- The Chicago Blackhawks Friday made winger Patrick Kane the first pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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Philadelphia Flyers James van Riemsdyk celebrates his goal with Flyers Arron Asham after scoring in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on January 7, 2010. UPI/Archie Carpenter
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James van Riemsdyk (born May 4, 1989) (also known as JVR) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Van Riemsdyk attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey before transferring out after his sophomore year to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan play for the U.S. National Team Development Program. Before that he played Mite to Bantam at Brick Hockey Club in Brick, NJ. As a youth in the greater NY area, JVR was an avid New York Rangers fan.

Van Riemsdyk was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft behind number one pick and fellow American Patrick Kane, marking the first time in NHL history that two Americans were drafted 1st and 2nd overall in the same draft.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "James van Riemsdyk."
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