Williamstown’s Tyson Spink, a 27-year-old hockey player in the Finnish elite league, was recently honoured as the league’s most valuable player for the month of February.
A member of the Ässät Aces, which play in Pori, Finland, Spink tied for the most goals last month, notching 6 in 11 games.
On the season, the left winger has 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 50 games.
Today, he learned that the league is cancelling the remainder of the season and will not hold playoffs, nor award a championship, due to concerns over COVID-19.
Spink tells me that he and his twin brother Tylor (who also plays for Ässät), are “trying to get on the next plane out” of Finland and return home to Glengarry.
In the Liiga this season, Tylor had 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 52 games.
The Spinks played their junior hockey with the Char-Lan Rebels of the CCHL2, before graduating to the CCHL Cornwall Colts and an NCAA career with the Colgate Raiders. Their professional careers a season in the ECHL, followed by the last two campaigns in Sweden. This was their first winter in Finland.
Ässät finishes in 9th place in the 15-team Liiga, with 20 wins, 12 ties, and 27 losses.
Tyson ends up 44th overall in player scoring, while Tylor finishes in 56th spot in the league. The men were one-two in scoring for their team.