Janne Pesonen

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Janne Pesonen
Pesonen Janne Kärpät.jpg
Janne Pesonen in white away jersey of Kärpät
Born (1982-05-11) May 11, 1982 (age 32)
Suomussalmi, Finland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Ak Bars Kazan
NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
SM-liiga
Kärpät
Mestis
Hokki
SM-Liiga
HIFK
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 269th overall, 2004
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2001–present

Janne Tapani Pesonen (born May 11, 1982 in Suomussalmi, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Career[edit]

Janne Pesonen
Janne Pesonen.jpg
Pesonen at the 2011 gold medal celebrations in Helsinki
Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2011 Slovakia

Pesonen began his career with Hokki in 1998, playing in the second-highest division of hockey in Finland, the Mestis.

Kärpät[edit]

He then played for Kärpät in the Finnish top division, the SM-liiga, from 2001–02 and 2003–08. After his first season with Kärpät he returned to Hokki for one season in 2002–03. He returned to Kärpät in 2003–04 and won the SM-liiga Rookie of the Year award, helping Kärpät to their first Finnish championship since 1981. His five seasons with Kärpät from 2003–08 saw Pesonen win four Finnish championships in total, in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008. He won the Jari Kurri trophy, which is annually awarded the playoff MVP, in 2007. He had his best season in 2007–08 when he led the SM-liiga in goals, points, and plus-minus, winning the Aarne Honkavaara, Veli-Pekka Ketola, and Matti Keinonen trophies, respectively, for his efforts. That season he tallied 34 goals and 44 assists for a total 78 points in only 56 games played.

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

On July 7, 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they signed Pesonen to a one-year contract. After 3 preseason games in which he tallied 1 goal and 1 assist, Pesonen was sent to the Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on October 8, 2008. Pesonen would show his ability to adapt to the North American style of hockey by scoring 9 pts in his first seven games, scoring two goals and garnering seven assists. On October 31, Pesonen was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he made his NHL debut on November 1 against the St. Louis Blues.[1] Pesonen's stay with the Penguins was brief, and he was returned to the AHL after seven games. On March 16, Pesonen set a new record for points in a single season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins, passing up Toby Petersen's 67-point season of 2000–01.[2] At season's end, Pesonen finished with 82 points, fourth in the AHL in scoring and the highest point total by a Finn in AHL history.[3]

Ak Bars Kazan[edit]

After one season in North America, Pesonen opted to return to Europe and signed with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League on August 4, 2009.[4] He left Kazan after two seasons for a try-out contract with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL) on August 11, 2011.[5] He was released from the Jets on October 2, after failing to get an extended offer.[6]

After a year in Finland playing for HIFK, Pesonen announced he had signed a one-year contract with Ak Bars Kazan.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Hokki 2. Divisioona 2 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Kärpät Jr. A SM-liiga 41 9 22 31 18 6 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Kärpät SM-liiga 9 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Kärpät Jr. A SM-liiga 42 12 19 31 18 3 2 0 2 2
2002–03 Hokki Mestis 40 14 21 35 62 3 2 0 2 4
2003–04 Kärpät SM-liiga 56 17 13 30 28 15 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Kärpät SM-liiga 55 11 18 29 42 12 2 0 2 0
2005–06 Kärpät SM-liiga 53 8 14 22 34 11 4 0 4 8
2006–07 Kärpät SM-liiga 56 22 33 55 38 9 4 3 7 10
2007–08 Kärpät SM-liiga 56 34 44 78 58 14 7 9 16 10
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 70 32 50 82 33 5 1 5 6 0
2009–10 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 42 14 11 25 12 8 1 0 1 4
2010–11 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 46 14 13 27 28 8 3 1 4 4
2011–12 HIFK SM-liiga 38 13 15 28 18 4 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 45 17 10 27 42 18 4 8 12 28
2013–14 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 48 16 6 22 18 6 1 2 3 6
KHL Totals 181 61 40 101 100 40 9 11 20 42
SM-liiga Totals 323 107 137 244 220 66 18 14 32 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kasan, Sam (2008-11-01). "Aftermath: Penguins 6 Blues 3". penguins.nhl.com (Pittsburgh Penguins). Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ Bombulie, Jonathan (2009-03-19). "Pesonen punishes Phantoms". The Citizens' Voice (Times-Shamrock Communications). Retrieved 2009-04-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ Bombulie, Jonathan (2009-04-15). "All eyes on Pesonen". The Citizens' Voice (Times-Shamrock Communications). Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Shelley (2009-08-05). "Penguins Notebook: Pesonen to play in Russia". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Kokenut suomalaishyökkääjä Winnipegin treenileirille" (in Finnish). MTV3. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Jets trim roster by three". Winnipeg Jets. 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 

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Preceded by
Miika Wiikman
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
2006–07
Succeeded by
Tuomas Tarkki