After a lengthy tryout, Ontario Hockey League grad Roy Radke has signed with SaiPa in Finland’s Liiga. In his rookie pro season, Radke has already put in 22 games with the team. Not the most successful of clubs in recent years, SaiPa is currently sitting sixth in the 15 team league with aspirations of reaching the post season.
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The American born Roy Radke played three years in the OHL from 2014-15 to 2016-17, all with the Barrie Colts. He was a 12th round pick by Barrie at the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, 243th overall. Over his three years, Radke scored 51 and assisted on 42 for 93 points in 175 regular season games. In 24 playoff games, he added four assists.
The Chicago Blackhawks selected Roy in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL entry Draft, 164th overall, after just his first year in the Ontario Hockey League. A dream selection for Radke, a player born in Chicago, Illinois.
With no takers in North America, Radke was brought in by SaiPa on August 21, 2017 on a Professional Tryout (PTO) basis. On November 7, 2017, the team announced the tryout was successful and that Roy had signed for the rest of 2017-18. Playing all of the team’s regular season games to date, Roy has five points in 23 games.
Founded in 1948, Saimaan Pallo plays home games at the 4,820 seat Lappeenrannan Jaahalli in Lappeenranta, Finland, a venue that opened in 1972. SaiPa was last promoted to the elite level Liiga for the 1996-97 season. Since, they have not fared so well, often missing the post season.
In 2016-17, the team finished dead last in the 15 team league and did not qualify for the playoffs. Currently, they are in sixth position, 23 games into the 60 game schedule. In the Liiga, ten teams qualify for the post season. Teams positioned one through six qualify for the quarter-finals. Teams seven through ten play a qualifier round to determine the other two teams in the quarters.
Roy Radke OHL Stats