Hannu Toivonen

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Hannu Toivonen
Toivonen Hannu Ilves 2008.jpg
Born (1984-05-18) May 18, 1984 (age 30)
Kalvola, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Vaasan Sport
HPK
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
Ilves
Malmö Redhawks
SaiPa
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2002
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2002–present

Hannu Pekka Toivonen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈhɑnːu ˈtoiʋonen]; born May 18, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for Vaasan Sport in the Finnish Liiga. He previously played with the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Toivonen started his pro career with HPK in the Finnish SM-liiga. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and moved to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003.

With Andrew Raycroft sitting out due to a contract dispute, Toivonen started the 2005–06 NHL season as the Bruins' backup goaltender. He made his NHL debut on October 8, 2005 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coming away with an overtime win. He holds the distinction of allowing the first goal of Sidney Crosby's career in that game. On December 1, 2005, he recorded his first NHL shutout, blanking the Ottawa Senators. Toivonen was 9–5–4 with a 2.63 GAA and a .914 SV% before suffering a high ankle sprain in January that effectively ended his season.

At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Toivonen and Tim Thomas were competing for the starter spot. After a rough start at the beginning of the season, Toivonen was sent down to Providence and was replaced by Brian Finley on November 7, 2006, officially making Thomas the starting goaltender for Boston. Over the course of the next couple months, he was repeatedly recalled to Boston and sent back down to Providence. On April 2, he was recalled to Boston for the last two away games, then sent back to Providence on April 6.[1] On April 26, 2007, Toivonen signed a one-year contract extension with the Bruins.

On July 23, 2007, Toivonen was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Carl Söderberg.[2] Upon being traded to the Blues, Toivonen was reunited with former Bruins teammates Brad Boyes, Ryan Glenn, Yan Stastny and Derek Gustafson. In the 2007–08 season, Toivonen played in 23 games with the Blues before he was assigned to the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' AHL affiliate, on February 11, 2008.[3]

Toivonen spent the 2008–09 season with Ilves in Finland, but re-signed with St. Louis on June 9, 2009.[4] He was then assigned to the Blues' farm team in Peoria on September 21, 2009, for the beginning of the 2009–10 season. On March 1, 2010, Toivonen was traded from St. Louis to the Chicago Blackhawks, along with Danny Richmond, in exchange for goaltender Joe Fallon. All players involved in the trade remained with their respective AHL affiliates.[5]

Toivonen signed a two-year contract with the Malmö Redhawks of the HockeyAllsvenskan on July 1, 2011.[6] In the 2011–12 season he played in 19 games, averaging a .895 save percentage (SVS) and 3.30 goals against average (GAA). However, due to economical crisis in the Redhawks club, Toivonen was forced to leave the club after the 2011–12 season. His contract is being paid out by the Redhawks.[7]

With the commencement of the 2013–14 season under-way, Toivonen joined the Toledo walleye of the North American ECHL on November 11, 2013.[8]

On April 11, 2014, Toivonen returned to Finland to sign a contract with newly promoted Liiga club, Vaasan Sport.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 HPK-Jr Fin-Jr 31 15 12 4 1878 103 2 3.29 .903 7 3 4 440 31 0 4.23
2002–03 HPK SM-l 24 16 2 4 1432 54 2 2.26 .911 2 1 1 117 3 1 1.53
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 36 15 16 4 2162 83 2 2.30 .921
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 54 29 18 3 3017 103 7 2.05 .932 17 10 7 1038 42 0 2.43 .923
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 20 9 5 4 1163 51 1 2.63 .914
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 27 13 13 1 1618 64 2 2.37 .909 13 6 7 742 36 0 2.91 .897
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 18 3 9 1 893 63 0 4.23 .875
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 6 10 5 1202 69 0 3.44 .878
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 11 6 4 0 627 33 0 3.16 .883
2008–09 Ilves SM-l 56 19 23 9 2913 130 3 2.68 .910 3 1 2 198 6 1 1.82 .939
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 26 11 11 3 1516 69 0 2.73 .906
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 5 1 4 0 296 17 0 3.44 .883 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .800
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 49 21 16 4 2463 119 3 2.90 .907
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks Swe.1 19 1054 58 1 3.30 .894
2012–13 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 11 2 7 0 565 37 0 3.93 .888
2012–13 SaiPa SM-l 8 2 4 2 462 22 1 2.85 .900
2013–14 Toledo Walleye ECHL 31 12 17 1 1826 103 1 3.38 .905
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 4 1 1 1 120 5 0 2.50 .909
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 1 0 1 0 40 8 0 12.00 .680
NHL totals 61 18 24 10 3258 183 1 3.37 .890

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bruins assign Toivonen". Boston Bruins. 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Bruins acquire center Carl Soderberg". Boston Bruins. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Toivonen sent down, Beckford-Tseu and Stastny up". St. Louis Blues. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Blues agree to terms with Toivonen". St. Louis Blues. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Blues acquire Fallon from Blackhawks for Toivonen, Richmond". TSN. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Finsk målvakt klar för Redhawks" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  7. ^ Martin, Nathalie (2012-05-17). "Hugo Stenbeck och Malmö Redhawks eniga" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Toledo Walleye team roster". Toledo Walleye. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Stacking continues - 14 new players" (in Finnish). Vaasan Sport. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shaone Morrisonn
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Mark Stuart