Sami Lepistö

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Sami Lepistö
Samilepisto.jpg
Born (1984-10-17) October 17, 1984 (age 30)
Espoo, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
Jokerit
Washington Capitals
Phoenix Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago Blackhawks
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Lev Prague
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 66th overall, 2004
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2003–present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 2014 Sochi
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Bronze 2008 Halifax
Gold 2011 Bratislava
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2004 Helsinki

Sami Lepistö (born October 17, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He is the son of former Jokerit captain and youth international defenceman Jussi Lepistö. Sami was drafted by the Washington Capitals as their third-round pick, #66 overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Jokerit[edit]

Lepistö played professional hockey for Jokerit in the SM-liiga. In his first season in 2003-04, Lepistö had three goals and seven points in 53 games, followed by an assist in eight playoff games for Jokerit. He also played for Finland in the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship, scoring four goals and eight points in seven games. Lepistö saw his offensive numbers rise in 2004-05, as he had seven goals and 25 points in 55 games. Lepistö also had a solid playoff performance for Jokerit, as he had a goal and eight points in 12 games. Lepistö returned to Jokerit in 2005-06, and increased his offensive numbers once again, scoring eight goals and 29 points in 56 games. Lepistö had an injury plagued 2006-07 season, as he had one goals and 10 points in 26 games. On May 31, 2007, Lepistö was signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Washington Capitals.[1]

National Hockey League[edit]

Lepistö was sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL in 2007-08, where in 55 games, he scored four goals and 45 points, as well as having a solid +29 rating. Lepistö also made his NHL debut on February 16, 2008 with the Capitals. In seven games with Washington in 2007-08, Lepistö had an assist. He was returned to Hershey, where he had an assist in five playoff games. After the season, Lepistö played for Finland at the 2008 World Hockey Championship, where he had a goal and an assist in seven games.

Lepistö spent most of the 2008-09 season with Hershey once again, as in 70 games, he had four goals and 42 points, as well as a +24 rating. He once again appeared in seven games with the Capitals, where Lepistö earned four assists. On June 27, 2009, Washington traded Lepistö to the Phoenix Coyotes for the Coyotes fifth round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Lepistö spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he scored a goal and 11 points in 66 games, helping the club to the playoffs. In seven playoff games with the Coyotes, Lepistö had a goal. Lepistö also played for Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics, as he had an assist in six games. He returned to the Coyotes for the 2010-11 season, where Lepistö had four goals and 11 points in 51 games.

On February 28, 2011, the Coyotes sent Lepistö and Scottie Upshall to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers.[3] On July 15, 2011, Lepistö signed a one year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

On June 4, 2012, it was announced that Lepistö has signed a one year contract to play for the rebuilding Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL.[4]

On January 12 2013, Lepistö was traded to Lev Prague of the KHL. In summer 2013 he signed a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Jokerit SM-l 53 3 4 7 20 8 0 1 1 4
2004–05 Jokerit SM-l 55 7 18 25 44 12 1 7 8 12
2005–06 Jokerit SM-l 56 8 21 27 68
2006–07 Jokerit SM-l 26 1 9 10 32 10 2 2 4 4
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 55 4 41 45 51 5 0 1 1 4
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 1 1 12
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 70 4 38 42 80
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 4 4 6
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 66 1 10 11 60 7 1 0 1 6
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 51 4 7 11 37
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 19 0 5 5 18
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 26 1 2 3 4 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 26 0 3 3 30
2012–13 Lev Prague KHL 11 0 5 5 20 3 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 53 6 19 25 67 4 1 1 2 6
NHL totals 176 6 29 35 137 10 1 0 1 6
KHL totals 90 6 27 33 117 7 1 1 2 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Finland WJC 3rd 7 4 4 8 10
2008 Finland WC 3rd 7 1 1 2 10
2010 Finland Oly 3rd 6 0 1 1 6
2011 Finland WC 1st 9 0 3 3 6
2013 Finland WC 4th 10 0 4 4 2
2014 Finland Oly 3rd 6 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 7 4 4 8 10
Senior totals 38 2 10 12 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals sign Sami Lepistö to entry-level contract". capitals.nhl.com. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Coyotes' trade for 3 defensemen". azcentral.com. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jackets trade Klesla to Coyotes for Upshall, Lepisto". TSN. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Lepisto signs with KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl". 

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