Finnish Defenseman Drafted by Stars in 7th Round of 2011 NHL Draft
CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has reassigned defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka (pronounced YUHR-kee yoh-kih-PAH-kah) to Texas from Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga in Finland.
Jokipakka, 21, appeared in 59 games, recording 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) and 20 penalty minutes this season for his hometown club, Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga, the top division in Finland. The Tampere, Finland native has played in 159 SM-liiga games, all with Ilves, scoring 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) and posting 56 penalty minutes. Jokipakka represented Finland at the 2011 IIHF Under-20 World Championships in Buffalo, New York, tallying three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and 4 penalty minutes in six games as he helped Team Finland reach the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Russia. The six-foot-three, 193-pound defenseman was drafted by Dallas in the seventh round (195th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Jokipakka signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas on June 14, 2012.
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