Finnish forward Joona Luoto will not return for a third season with the Winnipeg Jets organization. A team spokesman says Luoto wanted to play closer to his home in Tampere, Finland.
Luoto played 16 games for Winnipeg during his professional rookie season in North America in 2019-20. That same year, the 6′-two, 191-pound left winger added four assists in 18 games for the AHL Manitoba Moose.
Luoto started last season with Finnish League HIFK, scoring five goals and adding four assists, collecting nine points from 19 games before rejoining Moose. In 11 games with the Jets affiliate, Luoto scored two goals and two assists for four points.
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The Jets’ five-day professional mini-camp begins later this week at the Bell MTS Iceplex, with the first ice session scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday morning. A total of 21 players are on the roster which includes 2 goalkeepers, 8 defenders and 11 forwards. Ville Heinola and Cole Perfetti lead that group along with netminder Arvid Holm.
The first ice session for Main Camp is scheduled for 10 am on Thursday, September 23 at Bell MTS Iceplex with 45 players on the roster. The Jets begin their six-game exhibition schedule on Sunday, September 26, when they host Ottawa in a 7 pm start at the Canada Life Center.
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