Juha Leimu

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Juha Leimu
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Born (1983-01-30) January 30, 1983 (age 34)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
SM-liiga team Lahti Pelicans
NHL Draft undrafted
Playing career 2003–present

Juha Leimu (born January 30, 1983 in Tampere, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for Lahti Pelicans of the SM-liiga.

Playing career[edit]

Leimu made his SM-liiga debut in 2009–10 when he was offered an eight-game trial period with Tappara having spent the start of the season in Lempäälän Kisa. After the tryout his contract was extended for the rest of the season. [1] Leimu recorded 24 points in 36 games and was awarded a three-year extension in May 2010.[2] In 2010–11 Leimu had his career season with 12 goals and 31 points in 50 games.

After his contract with Tappara expired, Pelicans signed Leimu to a two-year contract on April 26, 2013.[3] During his opening season in Lahti Leimu led all Pelicans defencemen in goals scored with 10. In the 2013–14 playoffs Leimu scored the overtime goal in Game 2 that eliminated HIFK in the opening round.[4]

Prior the 2014–15 season Leimu was named the team captain.[5] Leimu was sidelined on multiple occasions during the season due to injuries[6][7] and recorded 16 points in 40 games. On November 20, 2014 he signed a two-year contract extension with Pelicans.[8]

Leimu holds the Liiga record for the fastest hat-trick after scoring three power-play goals in just 44 seconds in a 5–6 overtime loss against JYP Jyväskylä on December 15, 2015.[9] Leimu's 16 goals in 2015–16 season were a league high for defensemen.


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