Mattias Ritola

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Mattias Ritola
Born (1987-03-14) March 14, 1987 (age 29)
Borlänge, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
Leksands IF
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Modo Hockey
Skellefteå AIK
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2007–present

Mattias Kenneth Ritola (born March 14, 1987) is a professional Swedish ice hockey player currently playing for HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss NLA.

Playing career[edit]

Ritola made his debut in Sweden's top-tier SHL with Leksands IF during the 2005-06 season, after being drafted 103rd overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Ritola joined the Red Wings for the 2007-08 season and played his first NHL game on March 15, 2008 against the Nashville Predators. Ritola did not qualify to be engraved on the cup because he did not play in a post-season game, but he was awarded a Stanley Cup ring, and he was included on the 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup picture. Ritola played in his first post-season game on May 6, 2010 in a 7-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

On Tuesday October 6, 2010, Ritola was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[1] He scored his first NHL goal on October 30, 2010 against Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes. In late 2010, he was diagnosed with the Meniere's disease.[2] Early in November 2011, Ritola cleared regular waivers and was assigned to Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, however Ritola refused to report to the AHL club. On November 9, 2011, Ritola cleared unconditional waivers and his contract with Tampa Bay was terminated so he would be free to pursue playing opportunities in Europe.[3] On November 10, 2011, Modo Hockey announced that he signed a contract to play until the 2012–13 season of Elitserien.[4] His contract was extended to the 2015–16 season on January 4, 2013.[5]

During the 2014–15 season, after 10 games with Modo, Ritola transferred to return to his original and fellow SHL club, Leksands IF on October 13, 2014.[6] After spending the 2014-15 season with Leksands, he moved on to another SHL side, Skellefteå AIK. He was a regular on a Skellefteå squad that progressed to the SHL finals, where they were beaten by Frölunda HC.

On May 31, 2016, he signed a two-year deal with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss National League A (NLA).[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Leksands IF SEL 30 0 3 3 10
2006–07 Leksands IF Swe.1 23 1 4 5 4
2006–07 Arboga IFK Swe.1 3 1 0 1 2
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 72 7 15 22 62
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 66 15 27 42 32 8 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 19 23 42 50
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 4 4 8 11 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 17 9 18 27 8 4 1 4 5 0
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 0 0 6
2011–12 Modo Hockey SEL 35 7 13 20 30 6 1 1 2 8
2012–13 Modo Hockey SEL 50 11 13 24 12 5 2 1 3 4
2013–14 Modo Hockey SHL 38 7 11 18 26 2 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Modo Hockey SHL 10 2 2 4 12
2014–15 Leksands IF SHL 40 10 22 32 18
SHL totals 203 37 64 101 108 13 4 2 6 12
NHL totals 43 4 5 9 17 2 0 0 0 0

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