Janne Kivilahti, Coventry Blaze’s final signing of the autumn, will not make his EIHL competition debut this weekend (9-10 September), The Boar Sport can confirm.
Although the 29-year-old Finn is unavailable for Coventry’s upcoming Challenge Cup double-header against the Cardiff Devils, the Skydome Arena outfit is “hopeful” that he could feature against the Belfast Giants on 17 October.
“We’re very happy to get Janne on board,” Blaze head coach Danny Stewart said on Tuesday (5 October). “He’s a very skilled player that has produced everywhere he has been.”
“He will bring speed and skill to our line-up; an area we feel we need a bit more of. He will certainly help us create more offence both five-on-five and on the powerplay.”
During his junior career, Kivilahti spent time with Finland’s biggest clubs: Jokerit, Espoo Blues, and Kärpät.
The 5’10” winger made his senior debut with HCK in 2012/13, registering two assists in ten regular-season appearances in the Finnish second division. He became an established figure in the team a year later, notching 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 40 appearances.
Kivilahti ended his time in Finland following the 2017/18 season, leaving his homeland with 131 points (58 goals, 73 assists) in Mestis 197 regular-season games. A year earlier, he won a bronze medal with Espoo United.
After arriving in Sweden in 2018/19, the left-shot winger registered 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists) in 77 appearances second-tier appearances. Kivilahti also has 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) to his name from 54 third division games.
Coventry Blaze, 2021/22 Roster:
C.J. Motte – 29-year-old goalie, USA
Jordan Hedley – 24-year-old goalie, GBR
David Clements – 26-year-old defenceman, GBR
Justin Hamonic – 27-year-old defenceman, CAN
Dillon Eichstadt – 27-year-old defenceman, USA
Nathanael Halbert – 25-year-old defenceman, CAN-GBR
Dane Gibson – 27-year-old defenceman, CAN
Joey Raats – 25-year-old defenceman, USA-CAN
Ross Venus – 27-year-old forward, GBR
Alex Forbes – 25-year-old forward/defenceman, GBR
Luke Ferrara – 28-year-old forward, GBR
Johnny Curran – 26-year-old forward, CAN
Janne Laakkonen – 39-year-old forward, FIN
Alec Marsh – 25-year-old forward, USA
David Broll – 28-year-old forward, CAN
Matthew Thompson – 27-year-old forward, CAN
Evan Bloodoff – 30-year-old forward, CAN
Ryan Penny – 26-year-old forward, CAN
Janne Kivilahti – 29-year-old forward, FIN
Sam Russell – 21-year-old defenceman, GBR (Milton Keynes Lightning)
Austin Mitchell-King – 19-year-old forward, GBR (Telford Tigers)
Nathan Ripley – 19-year-old-forward, GBR (Sheffield Steeldogs)