Brandon, Man. – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that they expect to have a full complement of imports on their 2019-20 roster.
The WHL club has confirmed that Finnish forward Marcus Kallionkieli has signed his transfer card and is expected to join the Wheat Kings in 2019-20.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pound Helsinki, Finland product, Kallionkieli was selected 22nd overall in June’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft by Brandon. He was also a fifth-round selection, 139th overall, of the Vegas Golden Knights in June’s National Hockey League draft and recently signed an entry-level contract with the Golden Knights.
A member of the USHL’s Sioux City Muskateers during the 2018-19 campaign, Marcus scored 53 points (29G-24A) in 58 games and was named to the league’s All Rookie All Star Team. In 2017-18, Marcus scored 22 points (13G-9A) in 29 games for SM-sarja.
“Marcus is a really talented player,” Brandon general manager Darren Ritchie said. “He’s a big body, skates well and has a heavy shot.”
Kalllionkieli, who became the third Finnish born player to be selected by the Wheat Kings, will join another Golden Knights prospect in Brandon this season. Netminder Jiri Patera will be returning for his second season with the Wheat Kings.
The 20-year old native of the Czech Republic compiled a 3.31 goals against average and a .906 save percentage last season.
Patera and Kallionkieli will both be attending Golden Knights’ training camp in September. CHL clubs are permitted to carry a maximum of two imports on their active roster.