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HF Article 04-03-2013 10:15 PM

Olkinuora making the most of his opportunities with DU

Two years ago, Juho Olkinuora was an unknown. After going 14-13 with a 2.78 goals-against average in 2011 for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, the Helsinki native returned home to Finland empty-handed with no scholarship offers to play college hockey in the United States.

However, an unexpected injury to University of Denver goaltender Sam Brittain in June of 2011 changed everything for both Olkinuora and the Pioneers.

Once an unknown, Olkinuora has risen from emergency back-up goalie to full-time starter atop the Pioneers’ depth chart and expectations that were once non-existent are now growing every day.

“We had no expectations for him when he came here as a freshman because none of us knew him,” said now former DU coach, George Gwozdecky.… read more


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