Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Posts Tagged ‘HeKi

HeKi decides to release Straupe

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Latvian center Janis Straupe has not managed to impress the coaching staff of Finnish Mestis league club HeKi so that they would sign the 21-year-old Latvian, thus being released from the club.

He joined HeKi in late August for a one month try-out and played three official games for the club, scoring a goal and adding two penalty minutes. Unfortunately, he has been released, making it rather difficult finding a new club, as the season has already started.

However, currently it seems that the large number of Latvians employed in Finland (14 !) will not decrease after all, as Martins Gipters is on his way to Suomi-sarja club RoKi.

Written by Didzis Rudmanis

September 27, 2010 at 17:11

HeKi signs Straupe

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Finnish Mestis (second tier) league club HeKi has signed a two-way contract with 21-year-old Latvian forward Janis Straupe, who was released from Belarusian Metallurg Zhlobin a couple of week ago, reports

Straupe spent the last season with Dinamo Juniors Riga, the affiliate of Dinamo Riga, at the Belarusian Extraleague. He posted 39 (15+24) points in 49 games, finishing the season as the team’s top scorer along Miks Indrasis. In 2008/09 Straupe appeared also in five Dinamo Riga games. Already in May Janis signed a contract with Metallurg Zhlobin, however in the middle of August he was released from the club.

Straupe has become already the fourteenth (!) Latvian in different Finnish leagues for the upcoming season and the fourth Latvian in Mestis, others being Roberts Jekimovs (Jokipojat), Mihails Koklins (LeKi), Janis Purins (try-out, Kiekko-Vantaa).