Ironic news: Koekkoek’s gain has led to… KooKoo’s gain.
With the emergence of Slater Koekkoek on the Blackhawks blue line, Joni Tuulola was one of the guys stuck in Rockford over the past two years. He appeared in 108 games with Rockford over the past two seasons but never appeared in an NHL game.
On Tuesday, Tuulola opted to leave the Blackhawks organization to continue his career.
Tuulola, 24, signed a one-year contract with KooKoo in Liiga (Finland’s top division). He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (181 stoverall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.