Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

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Ozollapa fails to make Pelicans roster

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Latvian forward Eriks Ozollapa, who had signed a try-out contract with Pelicans Lahti of SM-liiga, has not been able to make the team’s roster.

In July Ozollapa already failed to make Dinamo Riga’s roster, but now the 23-year-old forward is once again without a club. Only now the situation is slightly more difficult – the season has already started in most countries and finding a new club might be  more difficult.

Without Ozollapa, there are only two more Latvians left at SM-liiga – Kaspars Saulietis and Armands Berzins, who both managed to sign one-year contracts with HPK, after proving themselves during a try-out. In lower-tier Finnish league there are 11 (!) more Latvian players.

Written by Didzis Rudmanis

September 13, 2010 at 15:28

Ozollapa for a try-out in Lahti

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Latvian forward Eriks Ozollapa, who was recently released from the Dinamo Riga training camp, will join Pelicans Lahti of the SM liiga for a try-out next week, informs news agency LETA.

Ozollapa spent the previous four seasons playing in different North American leagues. Last two years he spent at the Robert Morris University in Illionis, whose team plays in the ACHA. The 23-year-old Latvian was released from Dinamo camp without having a chance to wear the Dinamo jersey at a single exhibition game.

Eriks becomes already the 13th (!) Latvian in different professional leagues of Finland at the moment and one of the three Latvians in the SM liiga, the other two being Kaspars Saulietis and Armands Berzins (try-out) in HPK. There are also Roberts Jekimovs, Mihails Koklins and Janis Purins (try-out) in different Mestis clubs, as well as seven Latvians in Suomi-sarja.