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
NLA team
Former teams
HC Lugano
SM-liiga
Lukko Rauma
HIFK
NHL
New York Rangers
KHL
Sivir Novosibirsk
SEL
Växjö Lakers
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 HC Lugano of the National League A (NLA).

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
SM-l totals 283 31 82 113 255 21 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 7 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 49 7 15 22 19 4 0 0 0 4
SEL 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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