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Spink twins commit to German pro hockey season

The 27-year-old Spink twins, Tyson and Tylor, have committed to playing the 2020-21 professional hockey season in Germany, as members of the Schwenninger Wild Wings, of the DEL (German elite league).

Last season, the men skated in Finland with the Ässät team. The season was stopped in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Spinks travelled back to Glengarry, following its subsequent cancellation.

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The Spinks bid adieu to Finland at the end of the 2019-20 season. (submitted photo)

Tyson, a 5 ft. 10 in., 185 lb. forward, notched 35 points in 50 games with Ässät, while Tylor, a centreman, counted 32 points in 52 matches.

Previously they both played in Sweden for two years, and prior to that skated in the ECHL and AHL, following stellar NCAA careers at Colgate University.

Their new club, from Schwenningen am Neckar in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, has a storied history, founded in 1904, is an original member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). The Wild Wings play in the Helios Arena, which has a capacity of 6,193, and the club’s colours are blue and white.

Niklas Sundblad, head coach of the Wild Wings, got familiar with the Spinks when he was involved with their Swedish team, Örebro.

He describes the hockey twins as “well-educated guys who are passionate about what they do. As twins, they have a kind of natural chemistry that they also bring on the ice. Coupled with their speed, they are an important addition to our team.” (translated from the German original)

To read the full story about the Spinks joining the Wild Wings, please see this webpage (in German).

On the signing, Tylor is quoted as saying, “It’s always good when you come to a new place and meet familiar faces. We know what Sunny [Niklas Sundblad] expects from us, and he knows what to expect from us. We will have the same attitude again, work hard, but still go on the ice with a smile and try to improve ourselves and with it the team.”

Tyson tells me that he and his brother plan to travel to Germany in mid-September to join their new team.

In an abbreviated 2019-20 season, the Wild Wings had a record of 14-32-3-3 through 52 games.

The Spinks are sons of Kathy and Kenton, of South Glengarry.

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Spink twins reflect on Finnish hockey season, thank fans (video)

Tyson and Tylor Spink recently returned from Finland, following the cancellation of the country’s elite professional hockey league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 27-year-old forwards played for the Ässät Aces, in Pori, Finland, and led their team in scoring through the shortened 2019-20 season. (See my previous story for more.)

Via Twitter, the Spinks thanked their supporters.

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Tyson Spink recognized with Finnish hockey league MVP honours

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.

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(Ässät Finnish hockey team photo)

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.

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Spink twins ready for new pro hockey season

South Glengarry’s professional-hockey-playing twin brothers, Tylor Spink and Tyson Spink, have relocated to Finland, specifically the town of Pori, where they will skate for Ässät in the country’s pro hockey league, for the 2019-20 season.

The 26-year-old forwards were signed in June, following two seasons of playing in the Swedish Hockey League, for Örebro HK.

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The Spink twins don new jerseys, skating this season in Finland. (submitted photo)

The graduates of Char-Lan District High School played their junior hockey with the Char-Lan Rebels and Cornwall Colts, before going on to solid NCAA careers at Colgate College. Their pro careers In North America included time in the ECHL and AHL.

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