Forward Joona Harjama joins the team for the 2019-2020 season. The 25-year old Native of Hamina has played for Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis (Finland 2) for the past 3 seasons, and served as captain or alternate during each season. Before his time in Vantaa, Joona played 4 seasons for KalPa in Liiga (Finland Top).

“Joona brings a huge amount of experience and leadership to the team, and is a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the ice”, summarizes Matti Karjalainen, GM of Hernesaaren Näädät.

Joona will start his sophmore year at Aalto University School of business in the fall, and is hoping to help the team succeed both domestically, as well as internationally during the rest of his studies.

“I’m tremendously excited to be part of the team and our journey in developing the University Hockey scene in Finland. We’re all looking forward to playing tough games both in Finland, as well as on an international stage. See you at the rink!”

More player news to be announced soon!

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Hernesaaren Näädät was invited to represent Finland at the first ever International Collegiate University Tournament in China- Wuliangye Cup. The tournament was held in Beijing, as part of the promotional campaign for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

In addition to Team Finland (Näädät), the tournament hosted participating teams from universities in Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, USA, South Korea and Russia.

Näädät finished their Wuliangye Cup round-robin with two wins and one loss, facing South Korea in the first game (6-1 W), Kazakhstan in the second (4-3 L) and Russia in the last one (7-2 W).

On Thursday, In the very fast-paced and high-level semi-final game against The Czech Republic (Engineers Prague), Näädät fell short just before the buzzer. Czech captain Tomáš Hlaváč scored the winning goal of the match with less than four minutes remaining, and the Czechs eventually tallied a few empty netters to beat Finland with a final score of 5-1.

However, as they say - all's well that ends well. Backed by the solid goaltending of Henri Nousiainen and Harri Iisakka, Finland beat Belarus 3-2 after a shootout on Friday afternoon to win the bronze medal. What a tournament!

Hernesaaren Näädät would like to thank everybody involved with making the tournament happen. A special thanks goes to our partners, making the trip possible for us. See you in Beijing next year!