18 September 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|NHL Draft||151st overall, 2003
Lasse Juhani Kukkonen (born 18 September 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, He currently plays for Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga. He previously played four seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.
Kukkonen was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as their fifth-round pick, 151st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played ten National Hockey League games during the 2003–04 NHL season, after which he returned to his hometown Kärpät in the SM-liiga. Kukkonen won the SM-liiga gold medal with Kärpät in 2005.
In the 2006-07 season, Kukkonen returned to the Chicago Blackhawks and played in 54 games before he was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers along with a 3rd round draft pick in a three-way deal with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on 26 February 2007. With the Flyers, Kukkonen was put on a defensive pairing with Joni Pitkänen, also a native of Oulu. The two were also a pairing for 4 years in Finland. On 17 May 2007 he signed a two-year contract with the Flyers.
|World Junior Championships|
He was named to the Finnish Olympic team at the 2006 Winter Olympics after defenceman Sami Salo was injured, and played in both the semifinal match versus Russia and the gold medal match versus Sweden.
- 2005–06 Pekka Rautakallio trophy
Regular season and playoffs
|Junior int'l totals||14||1||0||1||2|
|Senior int'l totals||45||2||2||4||24|
- "Avangard Omsk sign Kukkonen from NHL". (in russian) hawk.ru. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
Media related to Lasse Kukkonen at Wikimedia Commons
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Lasse Kukkonen on nhlfinns.com
- Brooklynite Hockey - Lasse Kukkonen
|Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy