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Laakkonen brings wealth of experience to Blaze

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to complete their 2019/20 Elite League roster with the signing of 37-year-old Finnish forward Janne Laakkonen.

The 5’9” winger brings a wealth of European experience which includes over 550 games and near 380 points in the top-level Finnish Liiga with HPK and KalPa.

Photo credit: Wesa Koistinen

After leaving his home country in 2013/14, Laakkonen has iced in Sweden, Kazakhstan, Belarus, France and most recently Poland with KH GKS Katowice where in 54 regular season and playoff games he contributed 19 goals, 38 assists for 57 points, helping the club to a bronze medal finish.

During last season, he also played in the IIHF Continental Cup, with the group and final stage being held at the SEE Arena in Belfast where in 6 games he scored 4 goals, 6 assists for an impressive 10 points, the best of any player over the two rounds.

Photo credit: William Cherry

In 2016/17, his 55 points in 52 regular season and playoff games helped Neman Grodno to a Belarusian championship, and he is also a three-time bronze medallist of the Finish Liiga, and once silver medallist.

Photo credit: Neman Grodno

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “It’s evident that Janne has had a tremendous career, but we believe he has more to give. We have a very young group, and his experience will only help on and off the ice. He possesses a very good playmaking ability and is in tremendous shape. He has produced everywhere he has been, and we will expect that here as well. He makes players around him better and will be a key contributor on our power play."

Own and Loan a Laakkonen Jersey

Janne Laakkonen will wear #62 for the Blaze in the 2019/20 Elite League season.

You can now Own and Loan his home or away regular season jersey, or his Challenge Cup special edition jersey by calling the Blaze office on 02477 719919 (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm).

Own and Loan a blue (home) or white (away) regular season jersey - £250.

Own and Loan a special edition Challenge Cup jersey - £150.