Antti Laaksonen

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Antti Laaksonen
Born (1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 43)
Tammela, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for HPK
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
Lukko
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 191st overall, 1997
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1993–2010

Antti Akseli Laaksonen (born October 3, 1973) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey left winger who last played for the Lukko of the SM-Liiga. Antti had a seven-year NHL career, mostly as a third line wing and penalty killer for the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche.

Playing career[edit]

Laaksonen left Finland for North America in 1993 as a junior pro from the SM-Liiga. He enrolled at the University of Denver where he played four seasons for the Pioneers. Laaksonen was selected 191st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. In 1997–98, Laaksonen made his professional debut in North America, playing with both the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL and the Bruins affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Laaksonen made his NHL debut with the Bruins at the start of the 1998–99 season, playing in 11 games before he was sent down to Providence where he helped the Bruins capture the Calder Cup. Unable to become a regular with the Bruins by the end of the 1999–2000 season Laaskonen left the Bruins as a free agent.

On July 14, 2000, Antti signed with the Minnesota Wild for their inaugural season. Antti became a fixture in the Wild offense resulting in four seasons with the Wild.

On July 2, 2004, Laaksonen was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche to a two-year contract. With the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Laaksonen played his first game with the Avalanche in their season opener for the 2005–06 season. Laaksonen established career highs with the Avalanche scoring 16 goals and 34 points. On June 28, 2006, the Avalanche exercised their option for the 2006–07 season. During the season however, a poor run of form led Laaksonen to be demoted to affiliate, the Albany River Rats of the AHL.

At season's end, Laaksonen left North America and signed with Swiss team HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the NLA on June 18, 2007. After only one season with Gottéron he returned to his native Finland and signed with Lukko of the SM-Liiga.[1] In his second season with Lukko, Antti captained the team on its return to the post-season before retiring and settling where he enjoyed the majority of his NHL success' in Minnesota.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HPK SM-l 2 0 0 0 0
1993–94 University of Denver WCHA 36 12 9 21 38
1994–95 University of Denver WCHA 40 17 18 35 42
1995–96 University of Denver WCHA 38 25 28 53 71
1996–97 University of Denver WCHA 39 21 17 38 63
1997–98 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 15 4 3 7 12 6 0 3 3 0
1997–98 Providence Bruins AHL 38 3 2 5 14
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 11 1 2 3 2
1998–99 Providence Bruins AHL 66 25 33 58 52 19 7 2 9 28
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 27 6 3 9 2
1999–00 Providence Bruins AHL 40 10 12 22 57 14 5 4 9 4
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 12 16 28 24
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 16 17 33 22
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 15 16 31 26 16 1 3 4 4
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 12 14 26 20
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 16 18 34 40 9 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 3 1 4 16
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 24 9 7 16 4 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 46 12 13 25 44 6 1 0 1 14
2008–09 Lukko SM-l 51 17 23 40 66
2009–10 Lukko SM-l 47 9 14 23 46 4 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 483 81 87 168 152 25 1 5 6 6
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2004 Canada
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Hanover

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Finland WJC 5th 7 2 0 2 2
2001 Finland WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 2 4 6 8
2004 Finland WC 6th 7 1 2 3 2
2004 Finland WCH 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 0 0 0 0
2006 Finland OG 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 0 0 0 6
Junior totals 7 2 0 2 2
Senior totals 25 3 6 9 16

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1995–96
AHL Calder Cup (Providence Bruins) 1998–99

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antti Laaksonen re-signs with Lukko". Lukko Rauma. 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Where are they now?". Minnesota Wild. 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 

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