Tier 3 Junior Hockey Around the Globe: Scandinavian Countries
January 26, 2016
The Tier 3 Around the Globe series continues highlighting players from Denmark, Finland and Norway
Over 200 players came from over 30 countries on 4 continents to play Tier 3 Junior Hockey in the 2015-16 season. There are 2 players from Denmark, 6 from Finland and 4 from Norway as we highlight players from the Scandinavian region of Europe. Sweden, part of this region, is in an article of its own, view it here.
Jacob Gammelgaard, D, 1995, Philadelphia Flyers Premier
Denmark Defenseman Jacob Gammelgaard logged 2 points through 28 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in his first season playing at the Tier 3 level.
Jacob Schmidt Svejstrup, F, 1998, Junior Bruins
Sixth in points on the Boston Junior Bruins Premier squad roster this season, Denmark Forward Jacob Schmidt Svejstrup logged 15 goals and 12 assists through his first 30 games at the Tier 3 level. Earning a point in 17 games including 6 multi point efforts and a hat trick on January 10, 2016. A 1998, Svejstrup commited to the University of Maine for the 2017-18 season.
Tommi Ahlgren, G, 1995, North Iowa Bulls
In his second season with the North Iowa Bulls, Tommi Ahlgren earned a 15-1-1 record, splitting time between the pipes with teammate David Johnson. The 6'2 180lb Goaltender currently holds a 1.18 gaa and .956 save percent, placing him statistically in the Top 5 among all Tier 3 goalies.
Daniel Backstrom, F, 1995, New York Aviators
Second in points on the New York Aviators roster, Forward Daniel Backstrom logged 16 goals and 36 assists through his first 25 games this season, earning a point in 21 contests. In his second season with the Aviators organization, Backstrom earned 97 points through his 2014-15 campaign.
Aleksi Hoivala, D, 1996, Atlanta Capitals
In his first season playing in America, Atlanta Capitals Defenseman Aleksi Hoivala earned 1 goal and 13 assists through 29 games for a defense thats allowed only 81 goals all season.
Samu Landen, D, 1995, East Coast Minutemen
Through 9 games this season on the East Coast Minutemen roster, Defenseman Samu Landen earned 1 goal and 2 assists. Landen has not appeared in a game since November 15, 2015.
Vili Lappalainen, F, 1997, East Coast Wizards
In his first season playing at the Tier 3 level, Helsinki native Vili Lappalainen logged 4 goals and 4 assists through his first 29 games on the East Coast Wizards Premier squad.
Jesse Orenius, D, 1995, Roc City Royals
Finland native Jesse Orenius began the 2015-16 season playing Tier 3 for the Roc City Royals before advancing to the El Paso Rhinos of the WSHL in Mid December. In his time with the Royals, Orenius logged 5 goals and 3 assists through 23 games.
Eirik Lavik, F, 1996, Boston Jr Rangers Premier
In his first season playing at the Tier 3 level, Oslo native Eirik Lavik began the year on the Minnesota Wilderness roster, playing 2 games at the Tier 3 level before transferring to the Boston Jr Rangers Premier Squad. Lavik logged 6 goals and 8 assists through his first 25 games while earning a point in 12 contests, including 2 multi point efforts and a season best 5 game point streak from November 22 - December 5, 2015.
Simen Pettersen, D, 1997, Boston Bandits Elite
In his first season playing in America, Boston Bandits Elite defenseman Simen Petterson logged 5 assists through 30 games for a defense thats allowed the 2nd least number of goals in the EHL Elite division.
Sigurd Vaula, G, 1995, Blaine Energy
Norwegian Goaltender Sigurd Vaula earned a 1-1-0 record through 2 games for the Blaine Energy this season.
Mathias Yttereng, G, 1997, Skylands Kings
In his first season playing at the Tier 3 level, Skylands Kings Goaltender Mathia Yttereng earned an 8-4-0 record through his first 12 games in net. Yttereng logged a 7 game win streak from October 24, 2015 - January 2, 2016 as the go to goaltender for the Kings, earning more than half the Kings season wins.