Esa Pirnes

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Esa Pirnes
Pirnes Esa Suomi.jpg
Born (1977-04-01) April 1, 1977 (age 42)
Oulu, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
SEL team
Former teams
Oulun Kärpät
SM-liiga
Kärpät
Espoo Blues
Tappara
Lukko
Jokerit
NHL
Los Angeles Kings
AHL
Manchester Monarchs
KHL
Atlant Moscow Oblast
SEL
Färjestads BK
AIK
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 174th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1995–present

Esa Pirnes (born April 1, 1977) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre. He is currently playing for Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga. Pirnes was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 6th round (174th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Pirnes started his career with Kärpät in the Finnish second league in 1995 and played with them until 1999, when he signed with SM-Liiga club Blues. He stayed with the Blues for two seasons before he moved to rivals Tappara in 2001. In 2003, he was drafted by the Kings after four good seasons in SM-Liiga. Pirnes went over the Atlantic to play in the NHL. But he did not have the same success in NHL as he had in Finland. Despite playing 57 games with LA he only scored 11 points. Before the season was over he also played a few games with the Kings's farm team, Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He was named to team Finland in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey roster, but did not play a game.[1] But he did not stay in the NHL, instead he went back home to Finland and signed with Lukko for the 2004/05 season. After one year in Lukko he moved back to his former club, Blues. But after the season he signed with his fifth club in five years, Swedish club Färjestads BK, for the 2006/07 season. In Färjestad he was re-united with his former teammate from Lukko, Janne Niskala. In the Season 2008/2009 Pirnes signed to play for Atlant Moscow Oblast and left the club on May 6, 2009 the club to sign with Jokerit.[2]

In May 2012, Pirnes signed with AIK of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL).[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Kärpät Fin-2 20 8 4 12 12 3 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Kärpät Fin-2 36 17 16 33 20 9 0 2 2 16
1997–98 Kärpät Fin-2 32 6 15 21 12
1998–99 Kärpät Fin-2 47 26 26 52 16 5 0 3 3 2
1999–00 Blues SM-Liiga 51 15 24 39 12 4 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Blues SM-Liiga 54 10 8 18 51
2001–02 Tappara SM-Liiga 49 8 16 24 30 10 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Tappara SM-Liiga 56 23 14 37 6 15 5 9 14 2
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 3 8 11 12
2003–04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 4 3 1 4 2
2004–05 Lukko SM-Liiga 47 9 29 38 31 9 1 3 4 2
2005–06 Blues SM-Liiga 44 10 23 33 24 9 5 3 8 2
2006–07 Färjestads BK SEL 43 17 26 43 28 9 2 3 5 8
2007–08 Färjestads BK SEL 52 15 23 38 74 12 4 3 7 12
2008–09 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 51 22 28 50 84
2009-10 Jokerit SM-liiga 58 17 21 38 46
2010-11 Jokerit SM-liiga 39 9 12 21 57 3 1 0 1 2
2011-12 EV Zug NLA 29 12 14 26 4 3 0 0 0 25
NHL totals 57 3 8 11 12
AHL totals 4 3 1 4 2
SM-Liiga totals 398 101 147 248 255 51 12 17 29 12
Fin-2 totals 135 57 61 118 60 26 0 5 5 18
SEL totals 95 32 49 81 102 21 6 6 12 20
KHL totals 51 22 28 50 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470766
  2. ^ Pirnes ei peittele isoja odotuksiaan
  3. ^ "Esa Pirnes ansluter och Robert Rosén lämnar" (in Swedish). AIK. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.

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Preceded by
Kari Lehtonen
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
2002–03
Succeeded by
Niklas Bäckström
Preceded by
Jani Rita
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
2005–06
Succeeded by
Tommi Paakkolanvaara