Ari Ahonen

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Ari Ahonen
Ari Ahonen.jpg
Born (1981-02-06) February 6, 1981 (age 33)
Jyväskylä, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
Former teams
Barys Astana
SM-liiga:
JYP
HIFK
Espoo Blues
Jokerit
KalPa
SHL:
Frölunda HC
AHL:
Albany River Rats
KHL:
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1999
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1998–present
Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold 1999 Germany

Ari Ahonen (born February 6, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted in the first round, 27th overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

After playing three seasons in Finland's SM-liiga, representing JYP and HIFK, Ahonen joined the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany River Rats. After five seasons with the River Rats, Ahonen returned to Finland in 2006 to represent Blues, but when he found himself serving as backup to Bernd Brückler, Ahonen signed with Jokerit when no less than three of their goaltenders were injured. With Jokerit Ahonen have won silver medals in 2007. During 2011-12 season Ahonen signed a 2-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Ahonen is the only goaltender in SM-liiga history to have represented all three teams in the greater Helsinki area: HIFK, Jokerit and Blues.

Ahonen joined KHL team Barys Astana for 2013-14 season.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 JYP SM-l 5
1999–00 HIFK SM-l 38
2000–01 HIFK SM-l 37 18 13 4 2101 97 2 2.77 0.000
2001–02 Albany River Rats AHL 36 6 22 6 2106 106 0 3.02 0.914
2002–03 Albany River Rats AHL 38 13 20 3 2071 110 1 3.04 0.898
2003–04 Albany River Rats AHL 50 13 30 6 3012 150 2 2.99 0.902
2004–05 Albany River Rats AHL 38 16 20 1 2195 114 4 3.12 0.910
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 16 3 13 0 949 63 0 3.98 0.892
2006–07 Espoo Blues SM-l 5 1 2 2 308.17 13 0 2.53 0.921
2006–07 Jokerit SM-l 19 8 6 5 1152.17 51 1 2.56
2007–08 Frölunda HC SHL 47 20 18 9 2737:27 116 4 2.47 0.896
2008–09 Frölunda HC SEL 14 503 24 1 2.86 0.885
2009–10 KalPa SM-l 43 21 10 9 2479:04 94 6 2.28 0.903
2010–11 KalPa SM-l 51 23 15 11 2986 106 5 2.13 0.916
2011–12 KalPa SM-l 18 13 3 2 1092:09 27 2 1.48 0.945
2011–12 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 17 13 4 0 1018:06 33 2 1.94 0.934

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ Askar Sultan. "Barys Hockey Club Returns to Action". The Astana Times. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Scott Gomez
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
David Hale