Congrats to former Broncos goaltender Eetu Laurikainen on singing a deal to join the Espoo Blues of the top professional league in Finland. It’s an opportunity for Laurikainen to prove himself in one of the best leagues in Europe. An article I roughly translated from a website in Finland quoted their goalie coach Ilari Näckel as saying that Laurikainen has the basics and a lot of potential to improve. I’d say his ceiling is very high.
The 21-year-old has shown he can adapt his game to the North American style well enough to be one of the top goaltenders in the WHL. Now he has a chance to prove himself against the top competition in his country. If he just keeps exceeding expectations the door is wide open for an opportunity in North America if that’s what he ultimately decides to chase.
Either way the talented and classy young netminder is now a professional in one of the biggest markets in Finland. That’s quite an accomplishment and I hope there is much celebration in the Laurikainen household today. Eetu became a huge fan favourite in Swift Current for his athletic saves on the ice and the way he carried himself off the ice. Broncos fans will be following his career now as he takes his next step back home. As his father told us on Twitter earlier today… he’ll be doing it in the #41 he made famous in Swift Current.
All the best!
PARSONS WINS TELUS CUP
Congrats are also due to Mathew Parsons who helped the Prince Albert Mintos to a Telus Cup victory. The young defenceman was from all accounts a key player for the Mintos in becoming national Midget AAA champions. That kind of experience is tremendously valuable as he tries to make the next step in his hockey career.
EAKIN STRONG IN LOSS
Former Broncos Captain Cody Eakin scored once and had an assist, but his Dallas Stars couldn’t hold a 4-2 lead and lost 5-4 to Anaheim last night. That knocks the Stars out of the playoffs. Eakin had 5 points in 6 games during the series. Broncos fans always knew he was a big game player and now Stars fans know it too. This season was a significant first step for a new era in the Stars organization and Eakin will be a big part of their future.