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Niko Hovinen | Goalie

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 200
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Niko Hovinen, claimed by the Edmonton Oilers on waivers off the Philadelphia Flyers shortly after the NHL lockout season started when their farm team the Oklahoma City Barons were looking for help in net, has signed a one-year deal in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk.
The Metallurg team plays in the Kontinental Hockey League. For a point of reference, this is where Sergei Bobrovsky was born and where he played for four years before making his way to the NHL, in Philly, before he was traded to Columbus, before he became a Vezina trophy candidate. The 6’7″ Hovinen, 25, played 10 games in OKCity this past season, as Yann Danis’s backup. Sat, May 4, 2013 10:28:00 AM

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Niko Hovinen has been claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.

With Nikolai Khabibulin (hip) sidelined, the Oilers could stand to upgrade their goaltending depth. All the same, Hovinen doesn't have any fantasy value and at best will warm the bench in the short-term. Hovinen had a 3.14 GAA and .889 save percentage in 16 games with the ECHL Trenton Titans.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Niko Hovinen injured his collarbone in Trenton's ECHL game Wednesday.

The Flyers' top goalie prospect is said to be day to day and will be checked out again this weekend. The 24-year-old has played just 80 minutes this year, posting a 1.49 goals-against average and .955 save percentage. Hovinen was due to play in the AHL, but had a miserable first preseason showing (five goals on 23 shots) and was sent to Trenton.
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 09:58:00 AM

Niko Hovinen and Blake Kessel were among six players loaned to Trenton of the ECHL on Monday.

Tyler Hostetter, Marcel Noebels, Jason Akeson and Luke Pither will also begin the 2012-13 campaign in the ECHL ranks. AHL Adirondack is preparing for the upcoming season and due to the influx of NHL-caliber talent some difficult cuts had to be made.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 04:21:00 PM

Niko Hovinen didn't make a successful debut in goal for Adirondack during the team's 5-3 loss to Albany in exhibition action on Tuesday.

He was beaten for three goals in the opening 7:41 and finished the contest with five goals against on 23 shots. Hovinen was surprised with his lack of rythym, Phantoms coach Terry Murray is confident that his goaltender will rebound. "I think he was probably a little jittery," Murray said. "He saw different kinds of shots from these players, it was in a smaller building. I'm sure there's a bunch of those goals that he'd love to have back. The next time he plays, he's going to be a lot better prepared to be able to handle those situations."
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 11:44:00 AM

Niko Hovinen is ready to make his North American debut in the AHL this season with Adirondack.

"I've been waiting for this for a long time," he said. "Obviously, the goal is to make it to the NHL, and before that, try to win some games and try to become a better goalie. I'm playing where I want to be this season. The (AHL) is a good league, and we should have a good team here. My intention last season was to play one more year at home and be ready to come here." The 24-year-old, 6-foot-7 netminder posted a 2.26 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 41 Finnish Elite League games last year.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 11:47:00 AM

Niko Hovinen has inked an entry-level deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Minnesota Wild, who originally drafted Hovinen in 2006, never signed him. Hovinen had a 2.59 GAA and .921 save percentage in 49 games with Lahti of the Finnish Elite League in 2010-11.
Source: Calgary Sun
Tue, May 17, 2011 06:27:00 PM

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