Spitfires sign Finnish goaltender
Kari Piiroinen has agreed to a standard player and education package with the Spitfires. (Courtesy Windsor Spitfires)
Published Friday, July 27, 2018 4:58PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 27, 2018 8:11PM EDT
The Windsor Spitfires have a new goaltender on their roster.
The OHL team has announced Kari Piiroinen has agreed to a standard player and education package with the Spits.
General Manager Warren Rychel says "Kari is the best goaltender in Finland in his age group."
“He's a great addition to our team that will provide us depth behind Mikey (Michael DiPietro) in the immediate future,” says Rychel. “We're confident he will grow into a premier starter in our league.”
The Helsinki native played in 27 games with HIFK U-18s last season, posting a 2.73 goals against average and a .912 save percentage before an impressive 1.00 goals against and .957 save percentage in five playoff games.
Piiroinen also represented Finland at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia where he posted a 3.35 goals against average and .902 save percentage in four games played.
The 17-year-old netminder was selected by Windsor in June's 2018 CHL Import Draft, and will be at the Spitfires training camp in August.