Lasse Pirjetä

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Lasse Pirjetä
Born (1974-04-04) April 4, 1974 (age 40)
Oulu, FIN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
SM-liiga team
Former teams
Pelicans
TPS
Frölunda HC
Tappara
HIFK
Kärpät
Columbus Blue Jackets
Pittsburgh Penguins
Kloten Flyers
Malmö Redhawks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 133rd overall, 2002
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 1991–2009

Lasse Pirjetä (born April 4, 1974 in Oulu, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Pelicans in the Finnish SM-liiga. Pirjetä has represented several teams in the Finnish SM-liiga, Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien and the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Pirjetä spent the majority of his first nine years of his professional career playing in his native Finnish league the SM-Liiga. After nominating, Pirjetä was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets as their fifth-round pick, 133rd overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, as an overage draftee. Pirjetä made the jump to the NHL immediately in 2002–03 season with the Blue Jackets, appearing in 51 games with a solid 21 points. In the following 2003–04 season, Pirjetä struggled to maintain his form from his debut season and was traded by the Blue Jackets, to the Pittsburgh Penguins, for Brian Holzinger on March 10, 2004.[1]

After starting the 2005–06 season with Pittsburgh, he was sent down to the Penguins' AHL team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on December 15, 2005.[2] After playing only 8 games with Wilkes-Barre on January 20, Pirjetä returned to Europe to play for the Kloten Flyers in the Swiss NLA.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Tacoma Rockets WHL 16 5 2 7 4
1993–94 TPS SM-l 43 9 9 18 14 11 4 0 4 2
1994–95 TPS SM-l 49 7 13 20 64 8 0 1 1 29
1995–96 TPS SM-l 45 13 14 27 34 11 6 3 9 4
1996–97 Frölunda HC SEL 50 14 8 22 36 3 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Tappara SM-l 48 24 22 46 20 4 1 1 2 2
1998–99 Tappara SM-l 54 22 19 41 32
1999–00 HIFK SM-l 54 18 25 43 24 9 2 3 5 10
2000–01 HIFK SM-l 56 15 18 33 20
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 55 15 26 41 24 4 2 2 4 2
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 51 11 10 21 12
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 57 2 8 10 20
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 5 1 2 3 2
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 6 6 12 0
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 45 16 20 36 26 5 2 0 2 2
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 4 3 7 18
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 8 1 4 5 6
2005–06 Kloten Flyers NLA 7 1 2 3 2 9 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Malmö Redhawks SEL 54 10 16 26 44
2007–08 Malmö Redhawks Swe-1 4 4 2 6 2 10 3 5 8 6
2008–09 Pelicans SM-l 7 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 146 23 27 50 50

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Finland WC 7 0 0 0 0
2003 Finland WC 7 1 0 1 0
2004 Finland WC 7 3 0 3 2
Senior int'l totals 21 4 0 4 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Playoffs? St. Louis going for it". ESPN. 2004-03-10. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Penguins recall Oullet; Pirjeta, Talbot demoted". ESPN. 2005-12-15. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 

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