Former Merrimack College forward Mike Vaskivuo has signed with the Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Chris LeBlanc signed with the Solar Bears earlier this offseason, and has been invited to camp with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Vaskivuo, 31, joins Orlando after spending most of last season with Switzerland’s National League B club Thurgau, where he posted 34 points (22g-12a) and 43 penalty minutes in 30 games. He was also loaned to National League A side HC Davos for three playoff games, recording two points (1g-1a) and two penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Vaskivuo played two seasons of collegiate hockey for Merrimack College from 2006-08, collecting four points (1g-3a) and 32 penalty minutes in 53 games for the Warriors.
Born in Helsinki, Finland, Vaskivuo relocated with his family to Palm Beach County as a child, and grew up playing his youth hockey in the Sunshine State.