Ilkka Heikkinen

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Ilkka Heikkinen
Born (1984-11-13) November 13, 1984 (age 30)
Rauma, FIN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Växjö Lakers
Lukko Rauma
HIFK
New York Rangers
Sivir Novosibirsk
HC Lugano
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present

Ilkka Heikkinen (born November 13, 1984 in Rauma, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for Växjö Lakers Hockey of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing career[edit]

Heikkinen developed within his hometown club of Lukko before making his professional SM-liiga debut in the 2003–04 season. After 4 season's in the top league with Lukko Ilkka moved to rival HIFK for two years, scoring a career high 37 points in the 2007–08 season.

On May 20, 2009, Heikkinen agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Rangers of the NHL.[1] After making his North American debut with American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, He appeared in his first career NHL game, a 2-1 Rangers victory over the Buffalo Sabres on December 5, 2009.[2] Heikkinen played in 7 games with the Rangers before returning to the Wolf Pack for the majority of the 2009–10 season.

On May 21, 2010, Ilkka returned to Europe, signing a one-year contract with HC Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL.[3]

On April 29, 2011, Ilkka signed a one-year contract with the Växjö Lakers Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL).[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Lukko SM-l 20 0 1 1 12
2004–05 Lukko SM-l 48 0 2 2 8 9 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Lukko SM-l 55 5 10 15 46
2006–07 Lukko SM-l 55 7 17 24 71 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 HIFK SM-l 51 11 26 37 96 7 0 2 2 6
2008–09 HIFK SM-l 54 8 26 34 22 2 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 72 8 30 38 27
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2010–11 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 49 7 15 22 19 4 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Växjö Lakers Hockey SEL 55 18 15 33 34
2012–13 HC Lugano NLA 44 14 13 27 32 7 2 0 2 8
2013–14 HC Lugano NLA 41 7 17 24 34 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 57 9 8 17 16 5 0 0 0 2
Liiga totals 283 31 82 113 255 21 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 7 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 106 16 23 39 35 9 0 0 0 6
SHL totals 55 18 15 33 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Heikkinen". New York Rangers. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Lundqvist leads way to a big 2-1 win at Buffalo". New York Rangers. 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Its better to be in Siberia and the KHL then Rangers and the AHL". HC Sibir Novosibirsk. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Finsk back klar för Lakers" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. 2011-04-29. 

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