He has signed a two-year contract with HPK (Liiga) with an option for an additional season. "We have been talking to Juuso for several years and now the time was right," team manager Mika Toivola states. "It's great that Juuso is committing to HPK for several years."
Hietanen thus leaves Switzerland after one season. The defender recorded two goals and 17 assists in 50 regular-season games and also appeared in three postseason games, putting up one assist.