#11 Jaakko Heiskanen
The Building Craftsmen Dumfries Ltd Solway Sharks are delighted to announce the signing of their second import for the 2019/20 season. Jaakko Heiskanen, a 28 year old Finnish forward has joined the club after spending last season with Marseille in France where he got 24 points in 26 games.
Heiskanen has spent the rest of his career in his native Finland and always put up numbers in the Suomi-Sarja, has played in the mestis and has also played on the same team as Peter Gápa with Hokki a few seasons ago.
Heiskanen is a speedy, skilled forward and we looking forward to him arriving in the Uk and seeing him as a Shark.
Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “Jaakko has played at a high level in Finland and is someone who will be a good addition to our team. He comes highly recommended and when I spoke to coaches and team mates of his they all spoke highly of his skating ability, speed, work-rate and ability to see the ice. He is a friend of Gaps who spoke highly of him and that friendship should help him settle into the team and town and that always helps. I know Jaakko wants to come here and be an impact player and also help our young players get better and I really look forward to working with him.
We caught up with Jaakko and asked him a few questions ahead of his arrival.
What made you decide on the U.K. and Solway Sharks as your next team?
I wanted to find new challenges. Gapus told me good things about the organisation and people in Dumfries. We played together in Hokki in Finland and we found good connection so he convinced me to join the Sharks. I am happy to be part of the team and I’m excited to start the hockey season.
What can the supporters expect to see from you as a player?
I will bring lot of speed and offensive skills on the ice. As a centerman I need to play both offensive and defensive way. Of course I want to score lot of goals and help the team to win the games.
Do you think your experience in Finland and last year in France will help you at Solway?
I think that one of my strengths is Finnish work ethic and I want to bring that to the team. Last year in France was great experience for me even if our season ended too early in the first round of playoffs. I heard that there are many young players in the team this season so hopefully I can also help them to develop during the season.
Do you have any targets for the season ahead?
As a team I want that we can improve from the last season. Individually my target is to be one of the top forwards in the league.
Do you have a message for the supporters of the Sharks?
I hope there are lot of fans and big support in the home games. See you soon at the rink!
Jaakko Heiskanen will wear the number 11 jersey for the Sharks.