Matty P to Play In Jolly ‘Ol Finland
In pre-official news it looks as if Mathieu Perreault will be heading to Finland to play for HIFK Helsinki to become the 8th Capitals player to leave for Europe. Earlier Friday, Perreault's agent broke the news of the move that would be made official next week. Finland's SM-Liiga would be home to the first Capitals player this season. Perreault, who scored an impressive hat trick against the Boston Bruins last season, had worked out a 2 year contract extension during the off season with the Capitals that would make him an RFA for the 2014-15 season. After conversations with Adam Oates and others he was promised to be a top 6 forward for the 2012-13 season. Coming off of last year's career record 16 goals, Perreault is starting to turn into a permanent fixture in the NHL.
Let's take a walk through what Perreault will be experiencing with his new setup after he signs on the dotted line.
A video starring Perreault's future teammates with epic music and dramatics (Watch this in full screen mode) Video via HIFK.fi
The "beast cave" or Helsinki Ice Hall is home to HIFK and can hold approximately 8,120 people but they haven't looked into profiting off of the concrete floors and plopping people in painted squares. Yet.
If you have no idea where Helsinki let alone Finland, here's Perreault's potential new digs
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This would be the club's logo. IFK stands for Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna which at this time Google Translate did not help us out with the meaning.
Matty P gets to look forward to sizing up yogurt containers in the locker room. Fast forward to 25 seconds in, and you'll see what we're talking about. Video via HIFK.fi
In the "ZOMG I WANT A PERREAULT JERSEY NEOW!" department, once he does sign and has played a couple of games be sure to go here, in order to order your very own jerseys.
HIFK Helsinki jerseys Home Authentic Away Authentic If you wondering, there is a Joel Perrault on the injured reserve roster for HIFK which they have no relation (although it is very close in spelling. We made that mistake already)
A preview of the home jersey with sponsors from a copier company, bank, and candy bar. Makes sense.
A preview of the away jersey with the same random sponsorships.
And as a bonus, Matty P getting a hatty against the then Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins on January 24th 2012.