Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Posts Tagged ‘ASK Ogre

Third Latvian joins TKH Torun

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39-year-old Latvian veteran Andrejs Ignatovics has joined Polish club TKH Torun. Latvian forward spent previous season with Brest of French 2nd league.

During his long career Ignatovics has played in seven World Championships for Latvian national team, but his career highlight is the 2001/02 season, which he spent in Djurgarden of Swedish Elitserien.

Andrejs is joining already two Latvians at the club – Toms Bluks and Edgars Adamovics. Between 2007 and 2009 all three of them played together in ASK Ogre.

TKH Torun will soon begin a three team tournament, whose winner will qualify for a spot in Polish league.

Bluks and Adamovics ready for Poland

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Two Latvian defencemen Toms Bluks and Edgars Adamovics have signed a contract with Polish club TKH Torun, which will soon begin a three team qualification tournament. One of the teams will qualify for a spot in the Polish league, while the other two will play in the Polish 2nd league.

While Adamovics spent last season with Mont-Blanc of French Ligue Magnus, Bluks played for Sport Club of Hungarian league. Previously for several seasons both players played in ASK Ogre and definitely have a certain chemistry between them.

According to a trustable source, if the team will not manage to qualify for the spot in the Polish league, both players have rights to leave the club.

TKH Torun will play its first qualification game on August 13, when it will face Podhale Nowy Targ.

Raitums likely to join Ertis Pavlodar

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Kazakh portal Ekspress K has announced that Kazakh league club Ertis Pavlodar is very close to signing Latvian goalkeeper Martins Raitums, who spent the previous season with Hull Stingrays of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Martins has participated in four World Championships for Latvian national team and last year was the second goalie, changing Edgars Masalskis in the middle of 1-6 blowout against Canada.

During 2008/09 he played for ASK Ogre – one of the Latvian clubs in the Belarusian league, but last season he managed to join Hull Stingrays only by late January – just before the trade deadline.

Currently also several other Latvian players are in negotiations with Kazakh league clubs and might join them for the next season. According to an unexposable source, the salaries in Kazakhstan are way bigger than, for example, French Ligue Magnus.