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Joey Tenute hasn't given up his dream of playing full-time in the National Hockey League.

His one-game stint with the Washington Capitals in 2005-06 only has fueled the fire to get back to the game's pinnacle. So much so that Tenute is willing to take a pretty dramatic detour. For that reason, no one should be surprised to see the 25-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario, playing center for Jokerit when the Finnish power hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins in an exhibition game in Helsinki on Oct. 2.

In 2006-07, Tenute was a point-per-game player in the American Hockey League, starring for Hershey as it reached the Calder Cup championship for the second-straight season. But he never received a call-up to the Capitals. Last season, Tenute scored 21 goals and 49 points for the AHL's San Antonio Rampage, yet still couldn't get a sniff of NHL interest.

Hence, Tenute's interest in Europe.

A student of the game, he knows a solid European career can provide an alternate entry route into the NHL. After all, Detroit's Brian Rafalski went undrafted, and after college went to Finland. A decade later, he is an all-star with three Stanley Cup rings.

Boston's Glen Metropolit spent four years on the shuttle between the AHL and NHL, including several stops in Hershey and Washington -- just like Tenute. After failing to earn a full-time job with the Capitals, Metropolit packed his bags for the same Jokerit club Tenute is trying and turned a successful two-season stint in the Finnish capital into permanent NHL duty three years ago. After a NHL career-best 33 points with the Boston Bruins last season, he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers during the summer.

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