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2003 NHL Entry Draft

The 2003 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21, 2003. Goaltender Marc-André Fleury was selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins; this was only the third time a goalie was selected first overall in the draft, after Michel Plasse in the 1968 draft and Rick DiPietro in the 2000 draft. Eric Staal was selected second, by the Carolina Hurricanes, Nathan Horton was the third selection, by the Florida Panthers. Many analysts rate this draft as having one of the most talented groups of players, some say better than the 1979 NHL Draft; every first-round pick went on to play in a regular season NHL game. Among those, two played only a handful of games: Shawn Belle. All other first round picks had much more substantial NHL careers: the third-fewest games was Marc-Antoine Pouliot with 192. Fleury, Horton, Nikolay Zherdev, Patrice Bergeron all became NHL regulars after they were drafted. Milan Michalek was expected to do the same, was selected for the San Jose Sharks' NHL roster after training camp, but suffered a serious knee injury that ruled him out for the season.

All of the top ten selections played at least nine games in the NHL in the 2005–06 season. Calgary Flames' first round selection Dion Phaneuf scored 20 goals in his rookie campaign, becoming the third defenseman to do so, after Brian Leetch and Barry Beck. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Eric Staal all led their teams in scoring in the 2007–08 regular season, Dustin Brown went on to break the record for most Stanley Cups won by an American team captain. Rounds of the draft featured more players than usual that went on to have substantial NHL careers; these included Shea Weber, Corey Crawford, David Backes, Jimmy Howard, Clarke MacArthur, Jan Hejda, Paul Bissonnette, Kyle Quincey, Lee Stempniak, Nigel Dawes, Marc Methot, Nate Thompson, Joe Pavelski, Kyle Brodziak, Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien, Shane O'Brien, Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak, David Jones, Brian Elliott. The following trades were made on the day of the draft: The Florida Panthers traded the first pick and 73rd pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third pick, the 55th pick and Mikael Samuelsson.

The Boston Bruins traded the 16th pick to the San Jose Sharks for the 21st pick, the 66th pick, the 107th pick The Edmonton Oilers traded the 17th pick to the New Jersey Devils for the 22nd pick and the 68th pick. The St. Louis Blues traded Cory Stillman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 62nd pick; the New Jersey Devils traded Mike Danton and the 101st pick to the St. Louis Blues for the 93rd pick; the Chicago Blackhawks traded Andrei Nikolishin to the Colorado Avalanche for the 120th pick The St. Louis Blues traded Tyson Nash to the Phoenix Coyotes for the 148th pick 2003–04 NHL season List of NHL first overall draft choices List of NHL players 2003 NHL Entry Draft player stats at The Internet Hockey Database

National Interest Party (Nigeria)

The National Interest Party is a political parties in Nigeria. It was formed in 2017 by a group of young Nigerians led by Eunice Atuejide, NIP's founder and first National Chairman. NIP is designed to function predominantly online, therefore it is safe to refer to NIP as the world's first virtual political party. NIP adopts the centrist progressive ideology i.e. neither rightist. The party balances social conservative values with economic liberalism, thereby striking a balance between liberal ideology supporting social justice and enhanced government regulations, a conservative ideology supporting pro-business and pro-growth reforms; the party aims to attract exceptional talents of Nigerian descent to vie for elective roles in the polity. NIP is designed to appeal to Nigerians. People who are united irrespective of ethnic origins, creeds, tribes etc. People who will help the party build an all-inclusive Nigeria with the sincerity of purpose that has eluded the country since inception. Membership of NIP is open to every Nigerian over the age of 18 irrespective of physical location.

This allows for Nigerians outside Nigeria to directly take part in shaping the direction of the party, as well as influencing the outcome of primary elections which produce the aspirants for general elections. In effect, Nigerians in the diaspora have the same level of influence as Nigerians within the shores of Nigeria in deciding the affairs of the party, in the selection of aspirants to vie for office at general elections on the party's platform. In effect, Nigerians in the diaspora may take part in primary elections at NIP, emerge NIP's final aspirants for participation in general elections in Nigeria from wherever in the world they reside. Nigerians in the diaspora may contest and win NIP's primaries without first making a trip to Nigeria, as they can reach and campaign to all party members via the party's website. All NIP elections are held online. NIP admits only men and women with undisputed integrity at the helm of its affairs; the party does not have a large number of executive roles because being a predominantly online platform, the party can function smoothly with fewer executives than most political parties.

The party has fewer than normal physical offices, however, it has many contact and support centres with local schools, business owners, places of worship etc. for the purpose of helping party members navigating the online platform. Apart from the Board of Trustees and the Patrons who are selected and/or elected in accordance with the party's constitutional provisions, all other positions above are open for free and fair contests via NIP's website. All party members over the age of 21 may contest any of the above positions provided they meet the party's additional constitutional requirements to contest the positions they wish to fill. All members who wish to contest at NIP must first however first submit themselves to NIP's Screening Committee for a thorough background check. All aspirants are checked against the constitutional requirements for holding public office in Nigeria before they are permitted to vie for any office under the platform. Once screened, aspirants are automatically admitted to the Leadership Cadre of the party which comprises all the men and women deemed fit to hold public office and control the affairs of the party.

NIP is more interested in selecting honest Nigerians who identify with its ideologies and strategy for bringing about a progressing Nigeria than it is in admitting more popular politicians, the educated or the wealthy class. Every Nigerian over the age of 18 can join NIP, only Nigerians 21 or over, who distinguish themselves may join the Leadership Cadre of NIP. Only those who cross into this cadre may run for office within the party, run on the party's platform to seek political office in Nigeria, and/or get nominated or appointed to hold public office in Nigeria through the party. In effect, members who wish to work as Ward Representatives at remote villages, just like those who wish to contest national elections or the Presidency must first get past the Screening Committee to cross into the Leadership Cadre to do so. A token is paid by each applicant for the screening, candidates who cannot raise the required amount may use the points they accumulated from referring people to join NIP to pay their screening fees.

This allows indigent but decent members of the party the opportunity to become executives of the party and/or vie for public office on the party's platform notwithstanding the requirement to pay for their screening. Every member who meets the requirements to join the Leadership Cadre is encouraged to submit to the screening process because membership of the cadre allows them active and passive control of the party, it is from this group that members will be selected to represent the party were called upon to send forth party representatives. Leadership Cadre members will have the opportunity to design programs for party members which may be implemented online and/or on ground e.g. lectures, seminars, symposiums etc. The cadre will consist only of Nigerians from every corner of the country who have been checked for criminal history and behaviour, dishonest use of private and public funds, embezzlement or fraud, involvement with terrorist organisations, secessionist groups, secret cults, community development initiatives etc. and found to have led exemplary lives.

Those are the only members of NIP who may lead the party, run for office on the party's platform, through appointive roles, lead the country. Once screened and admitted, leadership members are free to compete with other interested aspirants for whatever roles they w

Vahid Mirzadeh

Vahid Mirzadeh is an American tennis player. Mirzadeh was a wildcard entrant at the 2014 US Open in the doubles event, where he partnered Philip Simmonds, but they lost in the first round to Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram 2–6, 3–6. Mirzadeh made his ATP main draw debut at the 2014 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in the doubles event partnering Sekou Bangoura; the pair had only made through the doubles draw as an alternate team but in the first round they defeated the 2nd seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 7–5, 3–6. However, their run came to an end in the quarterfinals, which they lost to Sam Groth and Max Mirnyi 6–7, 4–6. ATP Profile Vahid Mirzadeh at the International Tennis Federation