Finlandia's Kocar Continues Hockey Career

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HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – Timo Kocar, a former Finlandia University men’s hockey player, has signed a professional hockey contract in his home country of Slovenia. He will be playing for HDD Jesenice.

Jesenice, as they are commonly referred to, is a member of the Slovenia Ice Hockey League (SIHL) and the Alps Hockey League (AHL). Over the last two seasons, Jesenice has made it to the AHL Playoffs semifinals both seasons and look to build on that.

“I’m very happy that Jesenice Head Coach Mitja Sivic showed interest in me and decided to bring me on board. Playing for Jesenice is a dream come true. I’m looking forward to the challenges that this will bring. I would like to thank my teammates, coaching staff (Joe Burcar, Brian Hannon, Micah Stipec, Jeff Finger), trainers (Angel Nunez, Maria LaLone, Abbey Yeo), Steve Nordstrom, and Curtis Wittenberg for my great four years at Finlandia University. I would not be where I am without them,” says Kocar.

Kocar played from 2016 to 2019 for the Lions. He scored three goals with four assists for seven points. In 2018-19, he helped Finlandia go 8-17-2 and qualify for the NCHA playoffs for the first time in seven years.

“Timo has created a great opportunity by his dedication, perseverance and hard work! Today is a great day seeing Timo sign a pro contract,” states Joe Burcar, Finlandia Head Coach.

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