Monsters’ Assistant Captain Called To Columbus For 5th Time This Season

POSTED BY: DAVID SPROUSE JANUARY 1, 2017


CLEVELAND -The Cleveland Monsters announced Saturday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled second-year Monsters left wing Markus Hannikainen for the fifth time this season.

Columbus was able to string yet another win together in the New Year’s Eve matchup with a 4-2 victory to bring the total to 15 straight for the first-place Blue Jackets.

In 24 appearances for the Monsters this year, Hannikainen ranks second on the team in goals (9) and sixth in points (14) with eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating to his credit.

A 6’1”, 189 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, posted a -1 rating in five appearances for the Blue Jackets this season and has a -3 rating to his credit in nine career NHL games played spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Texas Stars with full coverage, live from H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX, underway at 8:30 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

About David Sprouse

David is a professional sports photographer and writer for multiple outlets. He gets to bring fans closer to the sports they love by covering high school, college, ameture and professional sports teams such as the CSU Vikings, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators, Lake County Captains, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians. David can also be heard doing color commentary on allsportscleveland.com and as a music DJ on wixyradio.com. He is also an instructor at the Ohio Media School where he teaches all things broadcasting. In his spare time, David enjoys leading worship, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. David has worked for iHeart Media, WMMS, WMJI and WHK radio and The Lorain Journal as a sports reporter. He hopes to continue and advance in his career, leaving his mark on the broadcast industry by inspiring new broadcasters to realize their potential and fostering relationships with professionals throughout the landscape.

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