Thirty-three-year-old Finnish defenceman, Mikko Kuukka, will be joining the Sheffield Steelers to add injury cover over the busy period ahead for the club.
Aaron Brocklehurst, Aaron Johnson and Jonas Liwing have all been missing in recent weeks.
It’s unclear whether Kuukka will play a role for the club this weekend as the team heads to Scotland for road games against Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars.
“Mikko is a big steady stay at home d-man” said head coach Aaron Fox.
“He skates very well for a big guy and plays a heavy game. He has been a guy known for playing against other teams top players in a shutdown role and keeps the game simple and is a real team guy. He will bring a defense first mentality to our group and is excellent in PK/box play.
“With the amount of games coming up over the next five weeks and long term injuries to AJ and Jonas still a long ways out, we felt it was important to be proactive and make sure we are in a position to have success, especially if we lost anyone else”.
Born in Hameenkyro, Finland, but it was in Red Deer Alberta that Kuukka played his major junior hockey in the WHL.
Kuukka made his Liiga debut in 2005 with IIves, he would go on to play 695 league and play off games in Finland’s top division.
In 2010 Kuukka moved to Lukko for 2 years before heading for a four year stint with Blues, two of which as assistant captain. The last three years Kuukka has played in JYP, a team the Steelers know well from the Champions League days.
Next Home Game: Wednesday 16th October, 2019
Steelers Vs. Fife Flyers
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Face Off: 7.00pm
Doors Open: 6.00pm
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