Juhamatti Aaltonen

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Juhamatti Aaltonen
Juhamatti Aaltonen HIFK.jpg
Born (1985-06-04) June 4, 1985 (age 31)
Ii, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Liiga team
Former teams
HIFK
Oulun Kärpät
Lahti Pelicans
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Rögle BK
Jokerit
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 284th overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2004–present

Juhamatti Tapio Aaltonen (born June 4, 1985) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, who currently plays for HIFK of the Liiga . Known for his skill and skating speed, Aaltonen was drafted to NHL by St. Louis Blues as the 248 overall in 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Aaltonen started his professional career with Oulun Kärpät, playing with the team from 2002 to 2009 winning Finnish championship twice. After the years he spent with Kärpät, Aaltonen moved to Lahti to play for Pelicans, where he played his breakthrough year scoring 28 goals and 49 points in 58 games in regular season. He signed a five-year contract with Pelicans, but the contract also gave Aaltonen a possibility to play in other leagues.

This option in his contract was exercised on June 15, 2010, when he was loaned from the Pelicans to Russian club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.[1] Aaltonen was an integral part of Metallurg's offense in his two seasons in the KHL before he opted to sign with Swedish club, Rögle BK of the then Elitserien on October 15, 2012. He made his debut in Sweden two-days later and in the 2012–13 season, contributed with 31 points in 42 regular season games.

After a season's long return with his original Finnish club, Kärpät, Aaltonen signed for his third Finnish team, and only KHL participant, Jokerit on August 1, 2014.[2]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Slovakia

Following the season 2009–10 season, he was selected to join the Finland men's national ice hockey team and he played at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.[3] He won the World Championship in 2011 IIHF World Championship. He also played in the 2014 Winter Olympics, scoring the game-tying goal against Russia in the quarterfinal and went on to win bronze.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Kärpät Jr. A 33 19 3 22 30 1 0 0 0 7
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Kärpät Jr. A 32 30 15 45 32 3 1 0 1 2
2003–04 Kärpät SM-l 8 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Kärpät Jr. A 34 27 23 50 38 5 0 2 2 22
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 6 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Kärpät SM-l 50 13 12 25 28 9 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Kärpät SM-l 53 11 21 32 48 10 1 4 5 6
2007–08 Kärpät SM-l 44 9 17 26 20 15 3 2 5 4
2008–09 Kärpät SM-l 53 11 21 32 14 15 3 6 9 2
2009–10 Pelicans SM-l 58 28 21 49 56
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 54 20 19 39 22 20 6 3 9 16
2011–12 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 54 22 9 31 26 8 1 2 3 2
2012–13 Rögle BK SEL 42 12 19 31 22
2013–14 Kärpät Liiga 35 12 19 31 38 16 8 7 15 6
2014–15 Jokerit KHL 48 10 24 34 28 10 4 2 6 22
2015–16 Jokerit KHL 45 15 13 28 14 6 0 1 1 0
Liiga totals 308 84 111 195 204 65 15 19 34 18
KHL totals 201 67 65 132 90 44 11 8 19 40

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Finland WJC18 7th 6 0 1 1 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 1 2 3 2
2011 Finland WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 1 2 3 6
2013 Finland WC 4th 10 4 7 11 4
2014 Finland OG 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1 0 1 2
2015 Finland WC 6th 8 1 3 4 2
Junior totals 6 0 1 1 4
Senior totals 38 8 14 22 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magnitogorsk Metallurg's 2010-11 Roster". hockeydb.com. 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Aaltonen agrees to contract with Jokerit" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  3. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 317. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1. 

External links[edit]

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