Aittokallio with Lake Erie Monsters during 2013-14 AHL season.
August 6, 1992 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
|NHL Draft||107th overall, 2010
Sami Aittokallio (born August 6, 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League as a prospect within the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.
Aittokallio was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Despite ranked as the number one European Goalie before the draft he was selected as the seventh goaltender to be taken.
In the 2009–10 season, Aittokallio made his debut in the SM-liiga as a 17 year-old playing in one game for Ilves. As well as representing Ilves in junior, Aittokallio spent a portion of the season on loan with Lempäälän Kisa in the Mestis league. On April 12, 2010, Aittokallio signed a two-year contract extension to remain with Ilves, his original team as a youth. In each season, he continued to split the year between Ilves youth team, LeKi and in the 2010–11 SM-liiga season, he played a career high 16 games for 5 wins.
After fulfilling his junior eligibility and his commitment to Ilves, Aittokallio was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Avalanche on May 11, 2012.
After 26 games with the Monsters, Aittokallio received his first NHL recall to the Avalanche during the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, to fill the back-up position after an injury to starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov on April 9, 2013. On April 11, 2013, he made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the youngest since Marc Denis to start for the Avalanche. Aittokallio failed to complete the game after suffering from dehydration with the game tied midway through the third period, and was replaced in the eventual shootout loss by veteran Jean-Sébastien Giguère.
|Competitor for Finland|
|Men's ice hockey|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
Aittokallio was first selected to represent Finland at the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge tournament organised by Hockey Canada. With an understrength team, Aittokallio mirrored the Finnish team and went winless in three games for the tournament to finish tenth out of ten. Touted for his hockey intelligence, good reflexes and athleticism, Aittokallio was selected to be first choice goaltender for Finland at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Sami, however, missed the tournament after suffering an ankle injury as Finland went on to defend their Bronze medal against Russia.
Aittokallio was selected to serve as the backup goaltender to Joni Ortio for Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championships. He made a solitary appearance in relief for Ortio, playing the third period of a 6-0 victory over Slovakia on December 31, 2010.
Aittokallio returned for the 2012 World Junior Championships, and was Finland's starting goaltender, with Christopher Gibson serving as his back-up. In Finland's semifinal against Sweden, Aittokallio made 56 saves, but ultimately, Finland lost 2–3 in a shootout. Aittokallio was named Finland's player of the game with his impressive performance. Following that loss, they played in the bronze medal game against Canada, which they lost 0–4. However, Finland recorded their best performance in the World Juniors since 2006 with their 4th-place exit and Aittokallio was subsequently selected in Finland's top three players for the tournament.
Regular season and playoffs
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||27||14||12||1||1540||77||1||3.00||.899||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||9||3||5||0||483||29||1||3.60||.920|
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