Mika Hannula

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Mika Hannula
Mika Hannula.jpg
Born (1979-04-02) April 2, 1979 (age 35)
Huddinge, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
SM-liiga team
Former teams
Espoo Blues
KHL
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
HC CSKA Moscow
AHL
Houston Aeros
SEL
Modo Hockey
Malmö Redhawks
HV71
Djurgårdens IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 269th overall, 2002
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2000–present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 2006 Turin Team
World Championships
Gold 2006 Team
Silver 2003 Team

Mika Stefan Hannula (born April 2, 1979) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently playing with HIFK.

Playing career[edit]

Hannula started playing ice hockey with Finnish team TPS. He is a hard working and quick player with very good skating abilities. He is intensive, works hard and is dangerous around the opponents net.[1]

Hannula was drafted in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by Minnesota Wild with their 9th choice, 269th overall selection. During his career he has played for three different hockey teams in the Stockholm area; AIK Hockey, Djurgårdens IF and Hammarby IF. He also tried in the States playing for Houston Aeros in American Hockey League during the season 2003–04, totalling 27 points in 67 regular season games.[1]

During the semi-final game in the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia, against Canada, Hannula cross-checked the Canadian player Sidney Crosby to the neck and head area when Crosby was celebrating a goal he just had scored.[2] Hannula was immediately suspended for the final game against Czech Republic, and later the IIHF Disciplinary Committee extended his suspension to the first four games of the 2007 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, plus a fine of 5,000 euro (approx. $6,400).[3]

The Swedish club HV71 signed Hannula from Malmö Redhawks in April 2005, for three years.[4] He played for the club in one season and started the 2006–07 season successfully. Although, on November 13, 2006, HV71's general manager Fredrik Stillman announced through the club's web site that Hannula will take an indefinite break from ice hockey due to personal reasons.[5] One week later, November 20, it was noted that he participated in a training session with the Stockholm based club Vallentuna BK, where also Hannula's younger brother played at the time.[6]

On December 1, HV71's chairman Hans-Göran Frick announced that the club have let go of Hannula and broken his contract, which had one year left.[7] Hannula signed on December 19 with the Russian club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Russian Super League. After his first season in RSL, scoring 15 points in 23 games, Hannula signed with SKA Saint Petersburg for one year. According to media the contract was worth approximately 770,000 euro after tax deductions.[8] After an unsuccessful season, scoring 14 points in 46 games, he signed with HC CSKA Moscow in June 2008.[9]

Hannula signed on a short term contract with Djurgårdens IF in December 2009 when Djurgården temporarily lost three players, Daniel Brodin, Jacob Josefson and Marcus Krüger to the World Junior Hockey Championship.[10] He had previously practiced with Djurgården's J20 team before signing on for the senior team.[10] After his stint at Djurgården he moved on to KHL team Salavat Yulaev.[11] Hannula played a total of 13 games, scoring 3 goals and 10 points. He moved on to league rival Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the 2010–11 KHL season, however he was only able to play one game for the team due to an injury.[12] His contract was terminated and he spent the rest of the 2010 fall rehabilitating.[12] Hannula signed on again for Djurgården in the beginning of January 2011, a contract that expired at the end of the 2010–11 Elitserien season.[13]

On 30 August 2011, Hannula signed a contract of unknown duration with the Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien.[14] The contract ended on 16 October, one day after a game against Luleå HF which ended 3–1 in Modo's favour. Hannula recorded two goals and one assist in that game, but after just two goals in twelve games he was not expected to stay with the team.[15][16][17] However, on 17 October 2011, Hannula extended his contract with Modo to expire on 5 November.[18]

On 21 November 2011, the SM-liiga team Espoo Blues announced having signed the forward for the current season.[19]

Off the ice[edit]

Hannula has a younger brother who is seven years younger than Mika, Ronnie, who is also a hockey player.[1] Despite been born in Sweden, Mika Hannula has totally Finnish name, since his father is from Finland.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Lidingö HC Swe-3 32 10 0 10 47
1999–00 Hammarby IF Swe-2 43 10 10 20 53 2 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Malmö Redhawks SEL 45 2 9 11 26 8 3 2 5 14
2001–02 Malmö Redhawks SEL 41 10 7 17 14 5 2 1 3 0
2002–03 Malmö Redhawks SEL 49 15 15 30 72
2003–04 Houston Aeros AHL 67 9 18 27 59
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 47 14 9 23 71
2005–06 HV71 SEL 45 13 18 31 62 12 3 8 11 22
2006–07 HV71 SEL 18 9 6 15 64
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 23 7 8 15 32 5 0 3 3 10
2007–08 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 46 7 7 14 34 9 1 0 1 4
2008–09 CSKA Moscow KHL 52 14 10 24 57 3 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 7 3 1 4 0
2009–10 Salavat Yulaev KHL 13 3 7 10 4 16 2 3 5 18
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 14 5 3 8 14 5 3 0 3 0
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Espoo Blues SM-liiga 22 4 10 14 16 16 5 7 12 10
2012–13 Espoo Blues SM-liiga
SEL totals 266 71 68 139 323 30 11 11 22 36
RSL totals 69 14 15 29 66 14 1 3 4 14
AHL totals 67 9 18 27 59

International play[edit]

Hannula has played for Sweden in:

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Sweden WC 9 2 0 2 2
2006 Sweden Oly 8 0 0 0 2
2006 Sweden WC 8 4 1 5 35
Senior int'l totals 25 6 1 7 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mika Hannula". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2006-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Quest for Double Gold: Sweden edges Canada". IHWC.net 2006. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2006-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Sweden's Mika Hannula suspended four games and fined". IIHF News. 2006-08-08. Archived from the original on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2006-08-11. 
  4. ^ Gustafsson, Daniel (2005-04-21). "Mika Hannula klar för HV71" (in Swedish). HV71.se. Retrieved 2006-08-11. [dead link]
  5. ^ Gustafsson, Daniel (2006-11-13). "Mika Hannula tar time-out" (in Swedish). HV71.se. Retrieved 2006-11-14. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Hannula tränar med Vallentuna" (in Swedish). jnytt.se. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  7. ^ "HV71 och Hannula går skilda vägar" (in Swedish). HV71.se. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2006-12-01. [dead link]
  8. ^ Ek, Mattias (2007-05-01). "Hannula klar för St Petersburg" (in Swedish). Expressen.se. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  9. ^ Abrahamsson, Hans; Ros, Tomas (2008-06-24). "Hannula byter till klassiska CSKA: "Han ser det som en ära"" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  10. ^ a b "Hannula stannar inte i Djurgården". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  11. ^ Petter Nilsson (2010-01-11). "Hannula till Salavat Julajev". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  12. ^ a b Mälarberg, Apollonia. "OFFICIELLT: Hannula klar för Djurgården". hockeykanalen.se (in Swedish). TV4 Group. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mika Hannula tillbaka i Djurgården". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  14. ^ Patrick Edlund (2011-08-30). "Mika Hannula klar för MODO Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  15. ^ Uffe Bodin (2011-10-15). "Hannulas härliga avskedsshow" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  16. ^ Patrick Edlund (2011-10-15). "MODO Hockey tog revansch på Luleå" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  17. ^ Sigge Dabrowski (2011-10-08). "Hannula mållös - med utgående kontrakt" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  18. ^ Patrick Edlund (2011-10-17). "Hannula fortsätter i MODO Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  19. ^ "Mika Hannula Blues miehistöön" (in Finnish). Espoo Blues. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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