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Photo Credit: Photo courtesy the Stockton Heat

Valimaki leaves Stockton Heat game Sunday with lower-body injury

Stockton Heat defenceman Juuso Valimaki made an early exit from Sunday’s game against the Ontario Reign after suffering a lower-body injury.

The Heat announced Valimaki’s injury before the start of the third period. The 23-year-old defenceman took part in the first two periods before being ruled out for the final 20 minutes.

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Valimaki has been riddled with injuries throughout his professional career. He missed most of the 2018–19 season with a high-ankle sprain before sitting out the entire 2019–20 campaign with a torn ACL.

There has not yet been any word about the severity of Valimaki’s latest injury. In 10 AHL games with Stockton this season, Valimaki has six assists.