Lasse Kukkonen

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Lasse Kukkonen
Lasse Kukkonen 2012-01-16.JPG
Born (1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 35)
Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Oulun Kärpät
Chicago Blackhawks
Philadelphia Flyers
Avangard Omsk
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Rögle BK
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 151st overall, 2003
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2004–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

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.

On 24 June 2009, Kukkonen signed a two-year deal with Russian team, Avangard Omsk of the KHL.[1]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Slovakia
Silver medal – second place 2016 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2007 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Latvia
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Russia

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.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Kärpät SM-l 47 1 5 6 46 9 0 2 2 4
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 55 2 6 8 42 4 0 3 3 4
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 56 6 12 18 67 15 1 4 5 16
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 59 3 11 14 58 8 0 0 0 8
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 55 5 13 18 68 12 0 2 2 6
2005–06 Kärpät SM-l 56 11 16 27 38 11 5 7 12 8
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 5 9 14 30
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 1 4 5 38 14 0 2 2 6
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 0 2 2 10
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 26 0 11 11 20 4 2 0 2 6
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL 53 6 6 12 34 3 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 37 4 8 12 16 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 51 4 4 8 22 10 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 159 6 16 22 90 14 0 2 2 6
KHL totals 141 14 18 32 72 18 0 2 2 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Finland WJ18 7 1 0 1 0
2001 Finland WJC 7 0 0 0 2
2005 Finland WC 7 0 0 0 2
2006 Finland Oly 2 0 0 0 0
2006 Finland WC 9 2 0 2 8
2007 Finland WC 9 0 1 1 4
2009 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 4
2010 Finland Oly 6 0 1 1 4
2010 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 2
2011 Finland WC 9 0 0 0 1
2012 Finland WC 10 0 1 1 0
2013 Finland WC 10 0 0 0 0
2014 Finland Oly 6 0 0 0 2
Junior int'l totals 14 1 0 1 2
Senior int'l totals 45 2 2 4 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avangard Omsk sign Kukkonen from NHL". (in russian) hawk.ru. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Lasse Kukkonen at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Ilkka Mikkola
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
2005–06
Succeeded by
Cory Murphy