Rich Peverley to Play in Finland

By Emma Harger
Rich Peverley makes use of a partnership agreement between the Bruins and JYP of the Finnish SM-liiga. Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Five Boston Bruins have now made plans to play overseas during the duration of the NHL lockout.

Rich Peverley has become the first Bruin to find a team in Finland, selecting JYP Jyvaskyla as his temporary destination. JYP has a partnership agreement with the Bruins that generally covers player transfer and training between the teams and their developmental systems, but may have helped speed up the process for Peverley.

JYP chairman Jukka Seppanen said in a Finnish-language release (run through Google Translate) that he liked how Peverley had risen through the hockey ranks starting with the ECHL and making it all the way to winning the Stanley Cup. That journey started with time spent in the ECHL in 2004-05.

Seppanen also said that he liked Peverley’s playing style and it was well suited for the Finnish SM-liiga. He even saw Peverley in action during a visit to Boston as part of the partnership agreement.

JYP was founded in 1977 in the city of Jyvaskyla, the largest city in central Finland, situated near some of Finland’s lakes. It’s about 170 miles northeast of the capital Helsinki. It has been nicknamed the Athens of Finland because of the city’s role as an education center and its historical distinction as the first city to provide education in Finnish.

As for JYP, Peverley will not be the only Canadian on the team. Jason Lepine, Ramzi Abid and Eric Perrin also hail from Canada, plus American Corey Quirk will be another native English-speaking teammate. JYP won the SM-liiga championship in 2012 and 2009.

JYP has already played four games and won all but one of them.

Peverley will arrive in Finland later this week.

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