“Organization had been very unhappy w/ Hovinen. They perceived work ethic issues ("doesn't compete") and half-hearted effort to adapt game. “
He later added,
“There were loud whispers that Hovinen quit trying to work his way up after bad preseason + being sent to Trenton. Wasn't a question of talent.”
Hovinen was 4-6-3 with a 3.14 GAA and a .889 SV% in 16 games for the Titans this season. Rumors began to circulate that Hovinen was headed back to Finland after the Titans game on Tuesday but he denied the rumors.
Hovinen joins fellow goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz as Flyers goaltenders who have struggled this year. Stolarz was struggling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha when he left for the OHL’s London (Ont.) Knights. Stolarz was 2-5 with a 2.56 goals-against-average and a .898 save percentage in eight games with UNO. According to HockeyFutures.com, Hovinen and Stolarz were the Flyers top two goaltending prospects.
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