Eeli Tolvanen, who once was committed to play for the Boston College Eagles but was denied admission last month, has found a home for the 2017-18 season. Unfortunately, for NCAA fans that home is not with college hockey as Tolvanen is returning to his native Finland to play for Jokerit. Jokerit is the lone Finnish franchise in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) widely considered the best professional league in Europe.
Tolvanen, who was recently selected by the Nashville Predators 30th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, spent the last two seasons in North America playing for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. In 101 regular season games Tolvanen scored 47 times while also contributing 45 assists. This past season the Musketeers made the playoffs where Tolvanen put up 5-5-10 in 13 games played. Tolvavnen also was a member of the Finnish team at the U20 World Junior Championships where he scored 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games played.
The Eagles class for 2017-18 now has 5 players.