May 25, 1981 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|NHL Draft||153rd overall, 2001
Los Angeles Kings
|Competitor for Finland|
Tuukka Matias Mäntylä (born May 25, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 5th round (153rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
In late October 2009, playing with Tampere Tappara, Mäntylä checked Helsinki IFK defenceman Mikko Kurvinen from behind into the boards, resulting in an injury that kept Kurvinen sidelined for six games. Mäntylä received a match penalty for the hit. In advance of Tappara's next visit to Helsinki on November 26, 2009, the IFK club ran a full-page ad in a Tampere newspaper that read: “Welcome to Helsinki, Tuukka”, and on the evening of the match between the two clubs the SM-liiga head office, which had previously approved the ad, announced it had given IFK a warning for “crossing the line of good taste”. Early in the first period of the November 26 game, with IFK head coach Kari Jalonen watching, IFK defenceman Ilari Melart mugged Mäntylä in the corner and a wrestling match ensued resulting in both players being ejected from the game.
- Tuukka Mäntylä's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Tuukka Mäntylä – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Tuukka Mäntylä's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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|Captain of Tappara