Petri Vehanen

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Petri Vehanen
Born (1977-10-09) October 9, 1977 (age 37)
Rauma, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
DEL team
Former teams
Eisbären Berlin
Lukko
Viking Hockey
HC Val Pusteria Wolves
Mora IK
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Ak Bars Kazan
HC Lev Praha
National team  Finland
Playing career 1995–present

Petri Vehanen (b. October 9, 1977, Rauma, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey Goaltender who currently plays for Eisbären Berlin in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Playing career[edit]

Liiga career[edit]

Vehanen has played his entire SM-liiga career for Lukko which is his hometown team. Vehanen has established himself as the starting goaltender for Lukko and played a solid season in 2007-08 season, earning himself a spot at the Finnish National Team roster. In the 2009 Karjala Tournament he was selected as the best goalkeeper.

Vehanen also has played for Mestis teams Jääkotkat and FPS.

Career across Europe[edit]

Vehanen has played in Europe for HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of Russia, Viking Hockey of Norway, where he was voted best goalkeeper, HC Val Pusterial Wolves in Italy and Mora IK in Sweden. Midway through the 2009-10 season, he joined the Kontinental Hockey League with Ak Bars Kazan, he made an immediate impact to help Kazan claim the Gagarin Cup, compiling the best Goals against average, save percentage and selected as the league's best goaltender.

After three seasons with Ak Bars, Vehanen returned to Lukko for a solitary season before again resuming his career in the KHL with HC Lev Praha.[1] Vehanen took Praha to their maiden Gagarin Cup finals in the 2013-14 season, before the club disbanded.

On July 20, 2014, Vehanen opted to sign with German club, Eisbären Berlin of the DEL, on a one-year contract.[2]

International Play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2011 Slovakia
Bronze 2008 Canada

Vehanen played in his first International tournament in 2008, when he was selected to Finnish national team to play in 2008 Ice Hockey World Championships. Vehanen's World Championship debut came when he played against Norway which Finland won 3-2 after overtime. In 2011 Ice Hockey World Championships Finland won gold with Vehanen as a starting goalkeeper. In the final game Vehanen made 32 saves leading his team to a 6-1 win against Sweden.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lev amour for a second season" (in Czech). HC Lev Praha. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Berlin sign Petri Vehanen" (in German). Eisbären Berlin. 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

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