Ilari Filppula

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Ilari Filppula
Born (1981-11-05) November 5, 1981 (age 33)
Vantaa, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Lugano
JYP Jyväskylä
TPS
Grand Rapids Griffins
Jokerit
CSKA Moscow
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present

Ilari Filppula (born November 5, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the National League A team HC Lugano. He is the older brother of Valtteri Filppula of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1] The Red Wings assigned Filppula to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, during training camp.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5] In 2013 he signed a one-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Kiekko-Vantaa Suomi-sarja 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 44 13 22 35 20 5 4 2 6 2
2002–03 Jokerit SM-liiga 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 41 13 22 35 20 5 4 2 6 2
2003–04 JYP SM-liiga 47 3 6 9 12 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 JYP SM-liiga 55 8 10 18 10 3 1 0 1 0
2005–06 Jokerit SM-liiga 56 9 16 25 14
2006–07 JYP SM-liiga 54 16 26 42 42
2007–08 JYP SM-liiga 56 7 15 22 20 6 0 1 1 0
2008–09 TPS SM-liiga 48 6 17 23 47 8 0 3 3 6
2009–10 TPS SM-liiga 58 12 37 49 24 15 2 12 14 8
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 20 44 64 24
2011–12 Jokerit SM-liiga 44 10 21 31 10 10 4 4 8 2
2012–13 Jokerit SM-liiga 53 19 35 54 36
2013–14 CSKA Moscow KHL 51 8 16 24 16 4 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Hockey Club Lugano National League A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SM-liiga totals 472 90 183 273 209 43 7 20 27 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roose, Bill. "Wings sign Filppula's older brother." 15 June 2010. http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=531784
  2. ^ Ansar Khan (September 2010). "Red Wings release enforcer Aaron Downey, send eight others to Grand Rapids". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  3. ^ Steve Vedder (January 2011). "Griffins' Ilari Filppula scores goal, records assist in AHL all-star game". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  4. ^ Michael Zuidema (April 2011). "Consistency of Jamie Tardif highlight of Griffins' season; Gustav Nyquist's future looks bright". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Filppula and Hahl the latest confirmations" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 

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