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The Russian defenseman joins the team from Liiga's Jukurit Mikkeli.

New defenseman in Biel

For the remainder of the season, EHC Biel will have an additional import defenseman available. Alexander Yakovenko joins the team effective immediately. So far, the 21-year-old has spent the season with Jukurit Mikkeli in the Finnish Liiga.

With import defender Anssi Salmela still being out and HC Davos-loan Otso Rantakari only being around temporary, the new Russian should provide a better-suited alternative for Biel.

Prior to joining Jukurit last summer, Yakovenko spent some time in the USHL with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Before that, he was engaged in Russia's second-highest league, the VHL, for a while.

( 12 February 2020 | esi* )
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