Penn State Standout Aarne Talvitie Signs Entry Level Contract with NHL’s Devils

Story posted March 24, 2021 in CommRadio, Sports by Kyle Cannillo

Penn State junior alternate captain Aarne Talvitie has put pen to paper and will turn pro for the remainder of this season. Today, he signed his entry level contract with the New Jersey Devils and will play the remainder of the season for their AHL squad in Binghamton.

Talvitie, a Finnish native, has enjoyed a solid career at Penn State. Known for his defensive game, Talvitie plays a two-way style consistently against the opposition’s top line.

Talvitie can play in all situations, making him an elite special teams option. The junior played on both Penn State’s top power-play and penalty-kill unit.

The do-it-all forward has been a great fit wherever he has gone. His most impressive achievement might be captaining Team Finland in the 2019 World Junior Championships. Thanks to a late goal by Kaapo Kakko, his team took home the gold over current Devil Jack Hughes. Talvitie had seven points in seven games in the tournament. 

At Penn State, Talvitie had 48 points in 68 games with the Nittany Lions. He was a big piece in his school’s run to the Big Ten regular season championship in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic paused the Nittany Lions’ season.

He will report to New Jersey’s Binghamton AHL squad where he is expected to finish the remainder of the season.


Kyle Cannillo is a journalism major at Penn State. To contact him, email or follow him on Twitter @KyleCannillo.