Leo Komarov in 2012
January 23, 1987 |
Narva, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||180th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Leonid Aleksandrovitš Komarov (Russian: Леонид Александрович Комаров, Leonid Aleksandrovich Komarov; born January 23, 1987) is a Finnish-Russian professional ice hockey player. He is currently a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), where he returned after joining Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Raised in Finland, Komarov is the first Estonian-born player in the NHL. Komarov was a member of the gold-winning Finnish national team in the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
Komarov was born to Russian parents. When he was five years old, Komarov's family moved to the Swedish-speaking town of Nykarleby, Finland when his father Alexander Komarov accepted a contract to play ice hockey there. Because his father was an ethnic Karelian, the family was able to permanently reside there. Leo Komarov also holds dual Russian-Finnish citizenship.
After playing with different junior teams, he started his career in the SM-liiga with Ässät. After winning a silver medal with Ässät in 2006, he moved to Pelicans. During the 2009-2010 season Komarov began to play with HC Dynamo Moscow. He was chosen in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 180th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Komarov was captain of Team Finland at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Sweden. Komarov won a gold medal with Finland at the 2011 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.
In May 2012, Komarov agreed to terms with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2012–13 season. The reported value of his contract is 1.2 million dollars, including bonuses. Komarov played his first NHL game on January 19, 2013. Komarov scored his first NHL goal, a game winner, against the Montreal Canadiens on February 9, 2013.
After one season with the Maple Leafs, Komarov left the NHL to sign a one-year contract to return with Dynamo Moscow in June 2013 with ambition to make the Finnish Olympic squad in a more offensive role with Dynamo.
Despite signing with Dynamo Moscow, Komarov stated that he is not done with the NHL; on July 1, 2014, he signed a four-year deal worth $2.9 million per season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||Hermes||Jr. C SM-sarja||14||7||12||19||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Sport||Jr. B SM-sarja||19||6||9||15||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Ässät||Jr. A SM-sarja||34||6||5||11||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Ässät||Jr. A SM-sarja||10||5||6||11||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Team Finland U20||Mestis||5||0||3||3||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Team Finland U20||Mestis||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||42||4||5||9||18||7||0||0||0||17|
|Competitor for Finland|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honours
- 2009 - First Channel Cup
- 2010 - Winner SHHI
- 2011 - IIHF World Champion
- 2011 - Medal "For military cooperation"
- 2011 - KHL All-Star Game participant
- 2012 - Gagarin Cup
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