Another Flin Flon Minor Hockey Association product will be entering junior A next season.
Forward Derek Koivisto will join the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s (SIJHL) Dryden Ice Dogs for the 2020-21 season. The Ice Dogs announced the commitment of Koivisto online June 26.
Originally from Creighton, the 5-foot-10, 165 pound 2002-born Koivisto played U18 hockey in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Koivisto headed to Prince Albert for U18 AA hockey with the Prince Albert Raiders for two seasons before joining the U18 AAA Norman Northstars across the border last season.
In 42 games with the Northstars this season, Koivisto scored nine goals and 23 points, adding in 113 penalty minutes. Koivisto also made a pair of appearances with the junior B OCN Storm, scoring two goals.
Koivisto will join an Ice Dogs roster that has recruited heavily from northern Manitoba this summer. In addition to Koivisto, Dryden has also signed former Northstars Branden Hill and Chase Muswagon. Both former defenders from The Pas, Hill finished with Norman last season scoring 26 points, while Muswagon played for the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) Flames, putting up 29 points in 26 games. The Ice Dogs also signed La Ronge, Sask. native Liam Hallett, a hulking 6-foot-4 defender who played junior B last season for the Carrot River Outback Thunder.