Ville Peltonen

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Ville Peltonen
Ville Peltonen 2.jpg
Born (1973-05-24) May 24, 1973 (age 41)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
San Jose Sharks
Nashville Predators
Florida Panthers
SM-liiga
Jokerit
Elitserien
Frölunda HC
Nationalliga A
HC Lugano
KHL
HC Dynamo Minsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 58th overall, 1993
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1991–2014

Ville Sakari Peltonen (born May 24, 1973) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward who last played for the HIFK of the Finnish Liiga. He was the captain of his team.

Peltonen was drafted by the San Jose Sharks as their third round pick, 58th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. During his professional career, he has played 382 NHL games for Sharks, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers.

Playing career[edit]

Peltonen started playing hockey with Etelä-Vantaan Urheilijat (EVU), and moved to HIFK when he was ten years old.[1] He debuted the Finnish SM-liiga in 1991–92 SM-liiga season, playing six games in regular season.[2] The following year, Peltonen scored 13 goals and 37 points in 46 games with HIFK winning the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy as the best rookie of the season.[3][4] The NHL franchise San Jose Sharks drafted Peltonen as their third round pick, 58th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.[5] Peltonen decided to stay with HIFK for two more seasons before heading to the NHL.

Peltonen with his current team HIFK, wearing the golden helmet as the leading scorer of his team in 2011.

In his rookie season in the NHL, Peltonen played 31 games with Sharks, scoring 13 points. He scored his first career NHL goal on February 26, 1996 against the Montreal Canadiens into an empty net in a Sharks 7-4 victory,[6] San Jose's first ever over Montreal. He also played 29 regular season games for Sharks' IHL affiliate Kansas City Blades,[7] scoring 18 points. However, San Jose did not make the playoffs. The next season Peltonen scored only five points in 28 NHL games, but with the Kentucky Thoroughblades he scored 22 goals and 52 points in 40 games. After two years in the NHL, Peltonen returned to Europe to play for Västra Frölunda HC of Swedish Elitserien. He was the best pointman of the league, scoring 51 points in 49 games. After a

successful season with Frölunda, Peltonen returned to NHL to play for Nashville Predators. However, his returning season was short lived, when he injured after 14 games. Before the injury, Peltonen had scored 10 points with the team. He stayed with the Predators for two more seasons, but in 2000-2001 NHL season he played mostly for Milwaukee Admirals, and was chosen to AHL's All Star Game.[8]

After the years in Nashville, Peltonen returned to SM-liiga, signing a two-year contract with Jokerit, a local competitor of Peltonen's former SM-liiga team HIFK. He was chosen as the captain of the team, but was injured and played only 30 games of the regular season scoring 29 points. However, Jokerit and Peltonen won the Kanada-malja championship. He continued with Jokerit in 2002–03 SM-liiga season, scoring 42 points in 49 games.[9] He won the Raimo Kilpiö trophy as league's "gentleman player",[10][11] and was chosen to the league's All-Star lineup.[12]

After a two-season stint with Jokerit, Peltonen headed to Switzerland's National League A to play for HC Lugano, where he played three outstanding seasons. In his first season with the team, he scored career-high 28 goals, 44 assists and 72 points in only 48 games, winning the title of league's best pointman. The following season Peltonen scored 56 points. In his last season with the team, he was named the captain of the team. Peltonen led the playoffs in goal scoring, and also scored the game-winning goal winning the championship of the league.[13] The great three seasons with Lugano gave Peltonen an opportunity to return to NHL, this time for Florida Panthers. In his first season with Florida, he scored 37 points in 72 games of regular season. The following season was disturbed by a leg injury, which caused Peltonen to miss 24 games.[14] Peltonen stayed with the Panthers for one more season, but then moved to Kontinental Hockey League to play for HC Dinamo Minsk, where he was once again the captain of his team. However, Peltonen only scored 26 points in 51 games for the team in regular season.

After only one season in KHL Peltonen returned for his old franchise HIFK with a two-year contract in 2010,[15][16] and was named as team's captain.[17] Peltonen scored 28 goals and 65 points, and finished second in points of the whole league after Perttu Lindgren of Lukko, who scored 66 points. Peltonen was chosen as the best player of the regular season winning the Lasse Oksanen trophy.[18] He was also awarded with the Raimo Kilpiö trophy for second time during his career, and for the first time he also won the Kultainen kypärä (The Golden Helmet), being awarded as the best player by league's other players. Peltonen was chosen to the All-Star lineup and HIFK won the Kanada-malja championship for first time since 1998 as Peltonen, Mikael Granlund and Juha-Pekka Haataja led the team to the championship.

In the 2011-12 SM-liiga season, Peltonen played 49 regular season games scoring 24 goals and 48 points, finishing as the ninth player of the league in points. After another great season, 38-year old forward decided to continue his career with the IFK.[19] In March 2014, Peltonen officially announced his retirement as a player. He played his last game as his club HIFK was eliminated from the playoffs.

International play[edit]

VillePeltonen2008IIHF.jpg
Peltonen at the 2008 IIHF World Championship
Medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 1998 Nagano
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Bronze 2008 Canada
Silver 2007 Russia
Bronze 2006 Latvia
Bronze 2000 Russia
Silver 1999 Norway
Silver 1998 Switzerland
Gold 1995 Sweden
Silver 1994 Italy
World Cup
Silver 2004 World Cup of Hockey

Peltonen has represented Finland in international play on several occasions, since 1994 Winter Olympics. After this, Finland has played 25 international tournaments, with Peltonen playing in the team for 19 times, being tied with Finnish hockey legend Raimo Helminen. He has also played as the captain of his team in IIHF World Championships for six times.[20] Peltonen is by far the most successful Finnish hockey player with 13 medals from his 19 tournaments. The next best medalrecord is nine.

Peltonen debuted the national team in November 1993 in a game against Czech Republic. He was chosen to the Finnish olympic team to play for 1994 Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer. He played on the same line with Jere Lehtinen and Saku Koivu, and they formed team's best line of the tournament.[21] The Finns achieved a bronze medal and Peltonen, who scored 7 points in 8 games, was also chosen to the IIHF World Championships 1994, where the team gained a silver medal after a 3-2 loss to Canada in a shootout competition.[22] However, the following year Peltonen established his place in the history of Finnish hockey; Peltonen scored a hat trick in the final game against Sweden, leading his team to 4-1 victory and taking their first World Championship victory. Peltonen once again formed a great line with Lehtinen and Koivu, and all three were named tournament All-Stars line.[23]

In the 1998 Winter Olympics Peltonen was replaced with Finnish NHL-star Teemu Selänne on the first line of Finland. However, Selänne was injured before the bronze medal game, and Peltonen once again showed his skills with Koivu and Lehtinen, scoring the game-winning goal against Canada.[24] The same year in the World Championships, Peltonen tied the game against Canada in second consolation round only ten seconds before the end of the game.[25] The Finns once again played in the finals, but were defeated by Sweden.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 HIFK SM-l 6 0 0 0 0
1992–93 HIFK SM-l 46 13 24 37 16
1993–94 HIFK SM-l 43 16 22 38 14 3 0 0 0 2
1994–95 HIFK SM-l 45 20 16 36 16 3 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Kansas City Blades IHL 29 5 13 18 8
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 2 11 13 14
1996–97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 40 22 30 52 21
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 2 3 5 0
1997–98 Frölunda HC SEL 45 22 29 51 44 7 4 2 6 0
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 14 5 5 10 2
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 79 6 22 28 22
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 27 33 60 26 5 2 1 3 6
2001–02 Jokerit SM-l 30 11 18 29 8
2002–03 Jokerit SM-l 49 23 19 42 14 10 4 6 10 0
2003–04 HC Lugano NLA 48 28 44 72 16 16 4 10 14 8
2004–05 HC Lugano NLA 44 24 32 56 16 5 0 3 3 2
2005–06 HC Lugano NLA 39 23 25 48 22 17 12 16 28 8
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 72 17 20 37 28
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 56 5 15 20 20
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 79 12 19 31 31
2009–10 Dynamo Minsk KHL 51 6 20 26 54
2010–11 HIFK SM-l 54 28 37 65 16 16 6 6 12 6
2011–12 HIFK SM-l 49 24 24 48 36 4 0 1 1 0
2012–13 HIFK SM-l 43 13 16 29 40
SM-liiga totals 365 148 176 324 160 40 10 15 25 10
NHL totals 382 52 96 148 119

International[edit]


Year Team Event   GP G A P PIM
1993 Finland WJC 7 5 6 11 2
1994 Finland Oly 8 4 3 7 0
1994 Finland WC 8 4 1 5 4
1995 Finland WC 8 6 5 11 4
1996 Finland WC 6 3 2 5 6
1996 Finland WCp 4 1 3 4 0
1997 Finland WC 7 2 2 4 0
1998 Finland Oly 6 2 1 3 6
1998 Finland WC 10 4 6 10 8
1999 Finland WC 10 2 3 5 2
2000 Finland WC 9 0 4 4 2
2003 Finland WC 7 3 4 7 2
2004 Finland WC 7 4 6 10 2
2004 Finland WCp 6 1 2 3 2
2005 Finland WC 6 1 2 3 4
2006 Finland Oly 8 4 5 9 6
2006 Finland WC 9 2 2 4 8
2007 Finland WC 9 2 7 9 4
2008 Finland WC 9 1 3 4 2
Senior int'l totals 137 46 61 107 62

Awards[edit]

SM-liiga[edit]

Other awards[edit]

  • Ice Hockey World Championships Tournament All-Star (1995, 1998, 2004)
  • NLA-league Championship (2006)
  • Leading scorer Swedish Elitserien (1998
  • Leading scorer Swiss NLA-league (2004)
  • The Most Valuable Player of the national team (2005)

References[edit]

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  25. ^ "Leijonien karvas MM-tappio 1998". MTV3. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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Preceded by
Petri Varis
Winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy
1992–93
Succeeded by
Juha Lind
Preceded by
Vesa Viitakoski
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
2002–03
Succeeded by
Kimmo Kuhta
Preceded by
Päivi Halonen
Winner of the President's Trophy
2004–05
Succeeded by
Erkka Westerlund
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Janne Lahtela
Flagbearer for  Finland
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
Enni Rukajärvi