The Hockey Club Lugano informs to have reached an agreement with the Finnish Club RoKi Hockey Rovaniemi to loan Riccardo Sartori from 1.9.2017 to 1.3.2018, the last date available for the IIHF transfers.
As already announced last April during his contract renewal until 30.4.2020, the management, the HCL's staff and the player are aware that to complete his formation process and develop his growth potential, Ricky needs to play regularly.
For this reason Sartori will train and play during the month of August under Greg Ireland's orders to then have an important role in the Finnish second division's team, called "Mestis", with the colours of RoKi Hockey Rovaniemi, a city of 60'000 people in the North of Finland.
The HCL has the right to recall the defenseman in case of emergency, for exemple to supply on a high number of injured elements.
The staff will be constantly in contact with the Finnish Club to monitorate the progress of the player.
Here are Riccardo Sartori's words: "I thank the HCL for this great opportunity that they have given to me, so that I can grow on the human and professional side. I'm glad to live this new experience that will be the first far from Ticino for me, and I'm aware that this is the moment to take advantage of this chance. During August I'll be available to play for HCL and in September I'll have almost a month to settle in before the start of the Finnish championship."