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Leafs Loan Rubins to Europe

Leafs Loan Rubins to Europe

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs have loaned defenseman Kristians Rubins to Frederikshavn White Hawks in Denmark’s top ice hockey league, the Metal Ligaen.

Kristians played in 47 AHL games with the Marlies during the 2019-20 shortened season, producing two goals and 14 assists. Rubins finished the season with a plus-one rating.

The 22-year-old Latvian born has played in virtually every IIHF event that has Lativa has taken part in. Rubins stared in the Latvian U-16, U-18, and U-20 World Junior program before hitting the AHL. Punching in next season at $785,000, Rubins also played in the World Championships in 2018, drawing a plus-one and two points through two games.

In the 2018-19 season, Rubins played 56 games with the Newfoundland Growlers and helped the Growlers in their march towards the Kelly Cup playing in 17 playoff games with the club.

Rubins most recently signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in April.

As for the Frederikshavn White Hawks, the team itself has 335 games of AHL experience and another 491 in the KHL on their current roster.

One of the most notable players in the Metal Ligaen — Calder Cup winning goaltender Cristopher Nihlstorp, who backstopped the Texas Stars to a Calder Cup Championship against the St. John’s IceCaps in 2014.

The Metal Ligaen started their season in late September and plans on running until March.

The next White Hawks game lands on October 6.

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    Zack Power covers the Toronto Marlies for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHMarlies.

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