Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs send Finnish defender home

Lewiston, ME — For the second time this season, the Lewiston Maineiacs have sent a European player home as Riku Duvfa was sent back to Finland on Monday due to an injured hip he has been dealing with since the beginning of the season.

“The hip injury played a role for sure; his inability to get going certainly played a role,” said Lewiston Maineiacs’ General Manager Roger Shannon.

Dufva, 19, was the Maineiacs first selection in the 2009 CHL Import Draft with the 65th overall selection.

In 24 games this season, he’s had one goal and one assist and has been out of the line up since November 28th due to the hip injury.

With the open roster spot, it can lead to a prospect getting the call to take Dufva’s place.

“No question (Stephen) Woodworth and (Mathieu) Brisebois will be added to the team we hope,” Shannon added. “Discussions have to take place further with (their) Junior A teams.”

Woodworth who was called up for the Maineiacs most recent road trip through the Maritimes won’t be available until the New Year because he will be with Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Challenge.

With the Halifax Lions of the Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League, the defenseman has seven assists in 20 games.

Brisebois who plays for the Sherbrooke of the Quebec Junior “AAA” Hockey League has six goals and nine assists in 31 games. The 17-year old could potentially join the team once the holiday break is over.

Back in October, the Maineiacs sent Oscar Orrpars home for personal reasons.

Since returning to Sweden, the 17-year old has signed with the Malmo organization where he has appeared in two games with their U-20 squad.

Despite heading back to Sweden there’s a chance Orrpars could return to the team.

“We may work at trying to bring Orrpars back to the team, (but) there are logistical issues to doing this,” Shannon stated.

NOTES: Tyler Piercy has been sent back to the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League. He will rejoin the team in Victoriaville on December 27th.

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