Jets Should Have Brought Niku to Finland The Winnipeg Jets have multiple Finnish players in their organization, including Sami Niku, but many of them are still in North America as the Jets prepare for their overseas games. On and off the ice, this is a mistake. The Jets haven’t met expectations so far this season and that has a lot to

Predators prospect Tolvanen motivated after slipping in Draft

Forward, 18, selected No. 30 in 2017, has impressed in KHL by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer BUFFALO — Right wing Eeli Tolvanen has always had a passion for scoring goals in different ways since the day he began playing hockey as a 3-year-old in Vihit, Finland. “It was just working hard after every practice,

Flames prospect Valimaki leads as Finland’s Captain at World Juniors

Juuso Valimaki, a first-round pick of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.  Postmedia file He missed the bus. Over and over again. That would usually be a troublesome trend, but not in the case of Calgary Flames’ first-round selection Juuso Valimaki. “We have our development camp in the summer over at WinSport, and (the players) stay at a

Finnish Prospect Notes from Around the Liiga

Notes Around the Liiga, Part 1 21.11.2017 by marcobombino, posted in feature, liiga, nhl This is a new feature article that will take a look at NHL prospects playing in the Finnish Liiga.  Minnesota Wild prospect Kaapo Kähkönen has been the cornerstone for Lukko in net in his second Liiga campaign. He currently ranks second in goals against average (1.71) and third in

Välimäki making an impression at Tri-City Americans camp

R/P Annie Fowler Tri-City Herald Selecting a player in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft is a crapshoot at best, but Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory had his eyes on a certain player for a couple of years. He was confident Juuso Välimäki would be a solid choice. He was right. The Americans picked

Helenius Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

February 18, 2013 Photo: Syracuse Crunch SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch goaltender Riku Helenius has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 17, 2013. Helenius backstopped the Crunch to three wins this week, recording two shutouts in the process—against the Albany

Anton Babchuk Scores in Season Opener in Finland

Brandon Sutter scored twice, and the Carolina Hurricanes held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Thursday in Helsinki in the NHL season opener. Anton Babchuk, back after a year in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes. Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with 3:21 left, but Hurricanes goalie

Football-playing father finds joy in Haula’s success with Wild

RP by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune Wild rookie Erik Haula didn’t follow in his father Tomi’s footsteps. And that’s worked well for all involved. Tomi Haula’s son might be a hardworking hockey-playing rookie for the Wild, but Tomi grew up playing American football. Erik Haula’s dad played and coached in the Vaahteraliiga, a semipro