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Flames add Finnish forward Kari Sihvonen

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Guildford Flames logo The Guildford Flames ice hockey club have signed Finnish veteran forward Kari Sihvonen. The 5’11”, 205lb skater began this season at Swedish Division 1 outfit Kristianstads IK where he iced in 18 games while recording 5 goals and 7 points. The 33 year old had 15 points during his 45 game full season stay last season with Allsvenskan side Tingsryds AIF.

The former Finland Under 16 international began his senior career by skating in 15 games with Finnish Elite League, aka Liiga, Blues in 2002-2003. His full time stint in the league commenced in 2004-2005 with 46 games at Pelicans where he spent the following 7 seasons totalling 411 games while registering 36 goals and 59 assists. In 2012-2013 he made his first venture abroad when he signed with Beibarys Atyrau in Kazakhstan. He bagged 21 goals and 46 points across his 50 game debut. The following term he remained in the country but split time with Ertis Pavlodar and Arystan Temirtau, staying with the latter for the early part of the 2014-2015 set. His Kazakhstan stay was just shy of 100 games with a 25 goal, 66 point final account.

“We have a clearer picture of our injury situation now, and they are not all going to be short term issues so we have to make an addition,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon. “Kari is a very experienced player at a world class level, and we are excited to get another player of that calibre into our line-up. We have played much better over the past couple of months and have banked nearly 75% of potential table points over a 15 game run. We want to keep that going in the final stretch here and into the playoffs. This will hopefully be a boost in helping that aspiration.”

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