Neftekhimik signs Maris Jass
Kontinental Hockey League club Neftekhimik Niznekamsk has signed 25-year-old Latvian defender Maris Jass, who played for HK 36 Skalica of the Slovakian Extraleague.
After the previous season, when Neftekhimik finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, the team is currently struggling to maintain its place in the play-off zone, as it is currently placed eight with 35 points in 24 games. The head coach Vladimir Krikunov, who played for Dinamo Riga in the 1980’s, decided that a change was desirable – as Jass was signed, Neftekhimik released Slovakian defender Peter Mikus from the team.
Maris Jass has already previously played in Russia – in 2005-06, when the KHL was not yet established, he played 14 games for Lada Togliatti. For the most of his career Jass played for Metalurgs Liepaja – a Latvian club, which had and has been playing in the Eastern European Hockey League (folded in 2004), as well as both Belarussian Extraleague and Latvian league. He has also played for HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraleague, however since the beginning of 2009-10 he was playing in the Slovak Extraleague.
He has also appeared on international stage, playing for the Latvian national team at the 2006 and 2010 World Championships, as well as two U20 and one U18 Championship.
Written by Didzis Rudmanis
November 25, 2010 at 16:35
Tagged with Belarussian Extraleague, Czech Extraleague, Dinamo Riga, Eastern European Hockey League, HC Slavia Praha, HK 36 Skalica, Kontinental Hockey League, Lada Togliatti, Latvian league, Latvian national team, Maris Jass, Metalurgs Liepaja, Neftekhimik Niznekamsk, Peter Mikus, Slovakian Extraleague, Vladimir Krikunov, World Championship