After an unsuccessful tryout in the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose early in the 2017-18 season, OHL grad Mark Flood has successfully caught on with Ilves in Finland’s Liiga. He joined the Finnish club on November 8, 2017 on a tryout basis and was given a contract on December 4. The team is currently struggling, sitting in 14th spot in the 15 team league.
Mark Flood played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Peterborough Petes. He was a sixth round pick by the team at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 101st overall. Over his four years, the defenseman scored 25 goals and assisted on 95 for 120 points in 253 regular season games. In 27 playoff games, he added 12 points.
In his final season with Peterborough, Mark served as team captain. That year, 2004-05, he was named a Third Team All-Star in the OHL.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Flood in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 188th overall. Since 2005-06, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL, NHL, KHL, Austria’s EBEL and Finland’s Liiga. His time in the National Hockey League consists of 39 games between 2009-10 and 2011-12 with the New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets.
This season, 2017-18, Mark started the year playing a single game with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL on a PTO basis. He moved to Europe for a tryout with Ilves on November 8, 2017 and was signed by the team on December 4, 2017. With Tampereen Ilves, Flood has scored a goal and assisted on four in his first 14 games with the club.
Twice, Mark has played in the Spengler Cup tournament. He appeared in 2014 as a member of Medvescak Zagreb. At the time, the team was in the EBEL. Since, they moved to the KHL for a while before returning to the EBEL for 2017-18. Flood also played in 2016 for Team Canada while playing for EC Salzburg in the EBEL.
Tampereen Ilves has been around in some form since 1931. Home games for the club are played at the Tampereen Jaahalli in Tampere, Finland, a 7,300 seat venue that opened in 1965. Ilves has not advanced past the quarter-finals since 2000-01. That year, they won the bronze medal game.
In 2016-17, the team finished tenth of 15 over 60 games and lost in the quarter-finals. This year, they sit 14th in the 15 team Liiga after 25 games.
Mark Flood OHL Stats