November 5, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
Ilari Filppula (born November 5, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the SM-liiga team Jokerit. He is the older brother of Valtteri Filppula of the Detroit Red Wings.
 Playing career
Filppula started his pro career in Kiekko-Vantaa, in the Finnish lower leagues, and after two years with JYP, he spent a season with Jokerit, and then returned to JYP with a two-year contract. In 2008, he signed a 2-year contract with TPS. Filppula won the Jari Kurri trophy in 2010.
On June 15, 2010, Filppula signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings, where his brother Valtteri has played since 2005. The Red Wings assigned Filppula to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, during training camp. In his first season in North America, Filppula participated in the AHL All-Star game and finished the season first on the Grand Rapids Griffins in assists and points.
Despite leading the Griffins with 64 points, Filppula was not given an opportunity in the NHL with the Red Wings and on May 19, 2011, he returned to Finland with Jokerit, signing a four-year deal.
 Career statistics
|2010–11||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||76||20||44||64||24||—||—||—||—||—|
- Roose, Bill. "Wings sign Filppula's older brother." 15 June 2010. http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=531784
- Ansar Khan (September 2010). "Red Wings release enforcer Aaron Downey, send eight others to Grand Rapids". Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- Steve Vedder (January 2011). "Griffins' Ilari Filppula scores goal, records assist in AHL all-star game". Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- Michael Zuidema (April 2011). "Consistency of Jamie Tardif highlight of Griffins' season; Gustav Nyquist's future looks bright". Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Filppula and Hahl the latest confirmations" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
- Ilari Filppula's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Ilari Filppula's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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