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North American Skater
Finland
Julius
Honka
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 7"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 180
LAST CLUB TEAM: Swift Current, WHL
BIRTHDATE: December 3, 1995
MID RANK: 13
HOMETOWN: Jyväskylä, Finland
FINAL RANK: 11
BORN IN: Jyväskylä, FIN
• Honka was a member of Finland’s gold medal winning team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. It marked the third time Finland has earned the gold medal at the tournament, after previously winning in 1998 and 1987. He also earned bronze with Finland at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championship registering four points (1-3—4) in seven games.

• He earned the first Western Hockey League Player of the Week award of the 2013-14 season, his first in North America, after picking up six points in his first two WHL games. He went on to finish the season leading all Swift Current defensemen in goals (16), assists (40) and points (56).

• Credits Broncos second year goaltender Eetu Laurikainen, also from Honka’s hometown of Jyvaskyla, with helping him transition from Finland to the WHL.

• An offensive defenseman who models his game after Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.

NEWS

MOVE TO NORTH AMERICA SUITED HONKA’S STYLE OF PLAY (click here)

FAVORITES

NHL team: New York Rangers
NHL player: Erik Karlsson
Shootout move: “The Pavel Datsyuk”
Video game: NHL 14
Movie: Lone Survivor
TV show: SportsCentre
Actor: Will Ferrell
Music group: Swedish House Mafia
Website: YouTube
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Athlete (non-hockey): Rafael Nadal
Twitter follow: @monsterimonni