The WALDECK Peterborough Phantoms are thrilled to announce the signing of Finish forward, Janne Laakkonen!

The 5”9’ winger started his playing career in his home country of Finland where he played U18’s and U20’s before playing twelve seasons in the SM-Liiga. Since then, Janne has played in the HockeyEttan, the Belarusian ExtraLeague, the AlpsHL, and most recently the Erste Liga.

Janne played three seasons for the Coventry Blaze in the EIHL between 2019 - 2022, where he posted up 109 points from 108 games. In the 2019/20 season whilst playing for the Blaze, Laakkonen solidified his position as a playmaking forward by ending the season on the most assists in the EIHL and making the Second EIHL All-Star team.

Our new #62 is no stranger to success as he has won 3 bronze medals in the SM-Liiga, he won the League and Cup whilst in the Belarusian ExtraLeague and put up the most assists in a season in the SM-liiga as a rookie, the HockeyEttan, and the EIHL.

Janne Laakkonen had the following to say: ‘I am happy to join the Phantoms family for the upcoming season! I have heard only good things about it and I will do my best that we fight for a win in every single game. I am also very happy to get the opportunity to play once more with hometown legend Luke Ferrara. See you in September.”

Head Coach Slava Koulikov commented: “Absolutely thrilled to have Janne with us next season! With his vast experience in top leagues around the world, Janne brings an unparalleled level of skill and professionalism to our team. His unbelievable vision and playmaking ability are exactly what we need to elevate our game to the next level.

Janne also played with Feds for a couple of seasons in Coventry. They enjoyed playing together and I am looking forward to pairing them up again.

I can’t wait to see the impact Janne will have on the ice. I believe Janne will be one of the best playmaking forwards in the league and we are confident that our fans will be just as excited as we all are.”

Welcome to Peterborough Janne!

#62 Janne Laakkonen’s player sponsorship is available for the 24/25 season.

Janne’s own and loans are available for the 24/25 season, please email to reserve.

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