Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Posts Tagged ‘LeKi

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 icebox.lv.

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).

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Janis Purins for a try-out in Finland

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23-year-old Latvian center forward Janis Purins has joined Finnish Mestis league club Kiekko-Vantaa for a try-out. He spent previous two seasons with Latvian club Metalurgs Liepaja.

If Janis will manage to sign a contract with the club, he will become the third Latvian in the Finnish Mestis next season, as perspective Roberts Jekimovs will spend his second season with Jokipojat and 25-year-old Mihails Koklins has signed a one-year contract with LeKi.

The younger brother of Janis, Gints Purins, is currently also in Finland – he, alongside four other Latvians, already for some time are trying to impress coaches of Finnish Suomi-Sarja league club Hermes.