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‘A Dinosaur & Unicorn Blood,’ Penguins Prospect Larmi Stuck at Airport



Pittsburgh Penguins Prospects Emil Larmi

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie prospect Emil Larmi is headed to Pittsburgh to join the Penguins for their Phase 2 workouts. The Penguins prospect who just finished his first professional season in North America went back to his native Finland after the North American professional hockey leagues paused then eventually canceled the remainder of their seasons due to the Coronavirus.

Larmi began the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, but after a mysterious fainting spell, his play declined, and the organization sent Larmi to Wheeling of the ECHL to regain his rhythm. After a few weeks, Larmi earned a recall with up and down results.

As part of the NHL Return to Play agreement, NHL teams are expecting to carry 28-skaters and unlimited goalies. However, that roster size is preliminary and must be finalized as part of the Phase 3 and Phase 4 agreement.

Based on his Tweet, Larmi was stuck at an airport just outside Helsinki, Finland. The gregarious goalie with an amusing social media presence wrote,


And in the end, I wasn’t allowed to get on the plane because I didn’t have all (of) the 67 documents, one dinosaur, and a few drops of Unicorn blood.

I only had 58 documents, wrong dinosaur, and just the horn of a unicorn. Let’s try again on Friday.”

Larmi also referenced showing at the wrong airport in the past. PHN had a good time chatting with the Penguins 22-year-old goalie prospect last September during Training Camp about his all-black pads and his change from them.

Larmi backstopped his team to the Finnish Elite League championship and signed with the Penguins as a free agent. Larmi started nine games for the WBS Penguins in the AHL. He had a 2-3-4 record with an .883 record. He also started 11 games in the ECHL.

WBS Penguins coach Mike Vellucci was blunt with PHN when he discussed Larmi’s season, but also praised Larmi’s potential.

There was no word which dinosaur Larmi brought with him to the airport, or which one the Pittsburgh Penguins requested he bring or which part of Finland he found the unicorn horn.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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