Former Force defenseman Teemu Kivihalme (2013-14) has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs announced the signing on May 7. Kivihalme was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. The Cloquet, MN native is the third Force alumni to sign an NHL contract since April behind Blake Lizotte (LA Kings) and Riley Tufte (Dallas Stars).
Kivihalme was drafted by the Force in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. He played one full season (47 games) for Fargo in 2013-14. He scored three goals and added nine assists for 12 points on the year. The defenseman then went on to play at Colorado College for three seasons where he tallied 36 points in 107 total games in his collegiate career. Most recently, he has spent the past two years (2017-19) playing with Karpat of Finland’s Liiga. During the 2018-19 season, he played in 60 games scoring 30 points with nine goals and 21 assists. He was ranked ninth among Liiga defensemen in scoring.