Filppula with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
March 20, 1984 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||95th overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Valtteri Filppula (born March 20, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He has previously played for the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2008.
Filppula started his hockey career with the Jokerit organization, and secured his place in the SM-liiga team in the 2003–04 season as an excellent offensive forward. He won the SM-liiga silver medal with Jokerit in 2005, and was set to become the team's number one center for the next season. However, Filppula headed across the Atlantic to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. He was selected to play for PlanetUSA in the 2005–06 AHL All-Star Game.
On December 15, 2005 he made his NHL debut with the Red Wings, becoming the first Finnish player ever to play an NHL game for Detroit. He scored his first NHL goal on October 28, 2006 against former Wing Manny Legacé in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Filppula scored his first playoff career goal in Game 1 against the Calgary Flames on April 12, 2007 in his first post-season game.
Filppula continued playing for the Red Wings and scored 36 points on his third season for the team.
Filppula won his first Stanley Cup when Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Filppula scored the 2–0 goal for Detroit in the decisive sixth game of the series, Detroit won the game 3–2.
On July 30, 2008, Filppula signed a five-year, $15-million contract with the Red Wings, avoiding salary arbitration.
On September 21, 2012, he signed with SM-liiga team Jokerit due to the 2012 NHL lockout. He returned to the Red Wings at the conclusion of the lockout, as the contract was signed to last as long as the lockout did. 
|Competitor for Finland|
|World Junior Championships|
Filppula was named Captain of Team Finland at the World U18 Championships in Slovakia in 2002. At the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he scored four goals and five assists in seven games to be selected as the tournament all-star. He was selected to play for Team Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics, which eventually resulted in a bronze medal win over Slovakia. He scored the empty net goal in the 5–3 win.
On January 7, 2014, Filppula was named to the team Finland roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. On February 6, 2014, Filppula suffered an ankle injury in Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The injury was diagnosed as a non-displaced fracture, which he was expected to miss at least three weeks. This injury caused him to miss representing his country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||74||20||50||70||30||16||7||9||16||4|
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||4||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||73||10||7||17||20||18||3||2||5||2|
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||3||2||2||4||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||19||17||36||28||22||5||6||11||2|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||12||28||40||42||23||3||13||16||8|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||55||11||24||35||24||12||4||5||9||6|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||71||16||23||39||22||11||2||6||8||6|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||23||43||66||14||5||0||2||2||2|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||41||9||8||17||6||14||2||4||6||4|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||75||25||33||58||20||4||0||1||1||0|
Filppula is the younger brother of Ilari Filppula.
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