Michael Keränen

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Michael Keränen
Michael Keränen 2012.jpg
Born (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 27)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Ilves
Ilves
Minnesota Wild
Jokerit
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Michael Keränen (born 4 January 1990) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. Keränen is playing for Ilves in the Finnish Liiga.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Keränen first played as a youth in his native Finland with Tappara before moving to Ilves as a 17-year-old. Keränen made his professional debut in the SM-liiga with Ilves at the conclusion of the 2009–10 season. After his fifth season with Ilves, in which he led the team in scoring with 52 points in as many games, Keränen initially signed as a free agent on a one-year contract with rival Finnish Liiga club, HIFK on 30 April 2014.[1]

A little over a month later, Keränen exercised his NHL out clause to leave HIFK and sign his first NHL contract on a one-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild on 5 June 2014.[2]

In the following 2015–16 season, Keränen returned to the Iowa Wild for a second season. He was leading Iowa in goals when on 17 November 2015, he received his first recall to the Wild. Making his NHL debut later that night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[3] He was prompty returned to the AHL and on 29 February 2016, he was dealt by the Minnesota Wild, executing a minor league trade deadline deal, to the Ottawa Senators in return for defenseman Conor Allen.[4]

On April 28, 2016, Keränen ended his North American tenure in agreeing to return to Finland in signing a two-year contract with Jokerit of the KHL.[5] Keränen and Jokerit parted ways by mutual consent in late November 2016.[6] He had appeared in 25 KHL contests for the club, with two goals and five assists. On December 6, 2016, he returned to Ilves, where he once had made his Liiga debut.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Ilves SM-l 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Ilves SM-l 42 5 6 11 45
2010–11 LeKi Mestis 9 7 4 11 4
2011–12 Ilves SM-l 44 6 5 11 20
2012–13 Ilves SM-l 56 13 14 27 10
2013–14 Ilves Liiga 52 17 35 52 47
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 70 10 27 37 22
2015–16 Iowa Wild AHL 45 8 15 23 22
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Binghamton Senators AHL 21 4 3 7 13
Liiga totals 195 41 60 101 122
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Liiga Golden Helmet 2013–14 [8]
Liiga Lasse Oksanen Award 2013–14 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Keranen of IFK will be encouraged" (in Finnish). HIFK. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wild inks Keranen to one-year deal". Minnesota Wild. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wild re-assigns Keranen and Olafsson". Minnesota Wild. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Wild, Senators Exchange Michael Keranen, Conor Allen". The Hockey Writers. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Keranen brings skill to the attack" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Keränen ulos Jokereista". Jatkoaika.com - Kaikki jääkiekosta. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Michael Keränen palaa Ilvekseen". ilves.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  8. ^ a b "Golden Helmet". Elite Prospects. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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