Transfers 28.07.2017

The Bears strengthen their defence with American and Finn

Medvescak strengthen their defensive line with former Finnish national team player Harri Tikkanen and Canadian Alexx Privitera.

Medvescak is finalizing their squad for the new season and the latest additions to the team are Finnish defenseman Harri Tikkanen and Canadian Alexx Privitera. 36-year-old Finn comes to Medvescak as a player with great experience and a former Finnish national team player.

Tikkanen played for every young selection of Finnish national team and in 2001 he won silver medal at the Under 20 World Championship. Tikkanen played two games for second Finnish national team in Mont Blanc Cup and he also got two caps for Finland in 2012.

He started his long-lasting career in Finland with SaiPa and managed to win under 20 national championship. Tikkanen debuted for the first team in 1999 and stayed in SaiPa until 2007 with a 30 games loan in Finnish second division Mestis.

After he played his last season in the 'A' line for SaiPa Tikkanen decided to move to HPK where he played 100 games racking up 29 points. From 2009 he played for Lukko and managed to play in the playoffs semis twice. After six seasons in Lukko, Tikkanen played his last two with TPS where he also got to the playoffs twice which extended his row of playing in the postseason for nine seasons in a row.

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„Harri will be a very solid two way defenseman at the EBEL level. He comes from playing top 4 minutes in the SM Liiga for many years and will be a real leader for our defenseman unit.  He skates very well and plays a very smart defensive game. We believe he can play in all situations and also play against other teams top lines“, said Aaron Fox, Medvescak Sports Director.

Tikkanen will be joined in defensive line with 24-year-old American Alexx Privitera. Player born in Old Tapan started his junior career in USHL where he played in All-Star game twice and got selected to the Second All-Star Team. Before going to college Privitera played for USNTDP Juniors and Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Biggest success of his young career was winning the gold medal in Under 17 World Championship for USA where he played six games racking up one goal and four assists.

Then Privitera opted for NCAA where he spent two years playing for Boston University before coming back to USHL team Dubuque Fighting Saints where Alexx played as a captain. After very successful season in which he got 44 points in 57 games, Privitera went back to NCAA where he joined University of Vermont.

Privitera played 77 games for Vermont and in his last season before joining Medvescak he played for ECHL team Manchester Monarchs and spent 19 games on loan in AHL for Ontario Reign.

„Alexx is a young solid up and coming defenseman who split his season between the AHL and the ECHL last year.  He plays a hard nose game for his size and his overall game should transition nicely to the European game“, added Aaron Fox.

EBEL 2017./2018.
no. Club GP W L pts
1 Vienna 41 26 8 87
2 Linz 42 23 13 78
3 Red Bull 42 23 15 76
4 KAC 42 21 16 70
5 Innsbruck 42 18 15 69
6 Medvescak 41 16 18 58
7 Graz 99ers 42 15 20 57
8 Dornbirner 42 14 18 56
9 Foxes 42 14 19 55
10 Fehervar AV19 42 12 21 51
11 Znojmo 42 11 20 49
12 VSV 42 13 23 47