St. Cloud, MN – For the second consecutive day, the St. Cloud State University Huskies have received a commitment from a Finnish junior hockey player. Valtteri Piironen announced via Twitter on May 10 ” I am really excited to announce my commitment to University of St Cloud State!! And I am so exited to go to the Sioux Falls Stampede next season!”
The 6’3″ 185 pound left-shooting defenseman is a native of Pyhaselka, Finland and skated for Lukko U18 squad of the Jr B SM-Sarja league in 2017-18. The seventeen year-old posted 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 48 games. He also had 1 point in 3 league playoff games. He also has competed internationally with the Team Finland U17 team.
Marco Bombino of McKeens and Finnish Junior Hockey, who scouts the Finnish Juniors told me “He was noticeable. A big and strong defenseman who can move the puck effectively. Has good poise and a hard, yet somewhat inaccurate shot. He’s pretty mobile, plus stable and sound defensively. He’s an interesting prospect with long-term potential and made his national team debut this past season.”
Most recently, Piironen was selected by the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede as the 225th pick in the 14th round of the leagues Phase II draft. It is expected Piironen will join another SCSU commit, Jami Krannila with the Stampede next season prior to joining the Huskies.
The Huskies have had a number of recent players from Finland including Kalle Kossila, Niklas Nevalainen, Rasmus Rejola and Mika Ilvonen.