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The Bears strengthen their defence with American and Finn

Transfers 28.07.2017.
The Bears strengthen their defence with American and Finn

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.