Finns will continue hockey careers closer to home

The Finns are finished.

Defenceman Eemeli Rasanen and forward Linus Nyman have flown the coop from the Kingston Frontenacs, opting to play professional hockey in their homeland next year after two seasons in Kingston.

Rasanen, a National Hockey League draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer, has signed a two-year deal with Jokerit, based in Helsinki. Rasanen signed last week.

Nyman, who was not drafted by an NHL team last year but is again rated in the top 100 players available in the June 22-23 draft in Dallas this year, also signed with a Finnish pro team.

Both players were key performers for the Frontenacs. Nyman, who was Kingston’s first-round Canadian Hockey League Import Draft pick in 2016, scored 39 goals and had 85 points this past season. In 135 career games for the Frontenacs, Nyman, who will turn 19 on July 11, had 65 goals and 135 points. He also averaged a point a game in 23 playoff games and scored the overtime winner in Game 7 in Kingston’s series win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2017.

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