Mari Pehkonen

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Mari Pehkonen
Born (1985-02-06) 6 February 1985 (age 34)
Tampere, Finland
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10 st 6 lb)
Position Forward
Played for Minnesota–Duluth
National team  Finland
Playing career 2004–2009
Mari Pehkonen
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
IIHF World Women's Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2008 China Tournament

Mari Heini Emilia Pehkonen (born 6 February 1985 in Tampere, Finland) was a member of the 2006 and 2007 Finnish national women's ice hockey team.

Playing career[edit]


She competed in the Finnish League (Sm-Sarja) with club team Ilves (Tampere), finishing third in league scoring and second in goal scoring (19 goals and 14 assists). She led the team to a second-place finish in 2004–2005 in the National Championship tournament. In 2005, she won an Under-20 Finnish National Championship with Ilves Under-20 club team finishing as top goal scorer. She was a member of the Under-22 National team from 2002–2005 and was the leading scorer for two out of three seasons. Pehkonen finished the 2004–05 season second in the Finnish Championship league in assists (14) and ended the year third in the league in points (33) and fifth in goals (19). A five-year member of the Finnish Championship league, Pehkonen helped her club team (Ilves) to a second-place finish in the Finnish championship league tournament.[1]

Prior to her time with the Under 22 team, she played in Finnish League in 1998–2003 with club team Tappara (Tampere), where she was named team MVP in 2002–2003, and scoring leader in 2003–2004. In addition to hockey, she was also a member of the Finnish Under-17 National Soccer team in 2001. She was selected to play for Finland in the 2007 IIHF World Championships, where she registered a goal and an assist in Finland's five games. At the 2008 IIHF World Champhionships, she scored three goals and two assists and was voted Team Finland's Most Outstanding Forward.[2]

NCAA hockey[edit]

Pehkonen was a sophomore transfer from the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she played hockey her freshman year. She tallied eight goals and six assists in 27 games as a Bulldog. As a sophomore, she played in 34 of the Friars' 36 games. She led the team with 18 goals. Her 29 points were the most by a sophomore, and the third highest total on the team. In addition, she led the team with 12 power-play goals and scored 10 power-play goals in HOCKEY EAST play (tied for first in the league). Sheed the Friars in game-winning goals with four.

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; +/- = Plus Minus Rating

Event GP G AST PTS PIM +/-
2006 Winter Olympics[3] 5 3 0 3 2 +3
2007 IIHF Women's World Championships 5 1 1 2
2008 IIHF Women's World Championships 3 2 5

Awards and honors[edit]

  • HOCKEY EAST All-Tournament team, 2007[4]
  • Hockey East All-Tournament Team, 2008