Mikko Mäenpää

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Mikko Mäenpää
Mäenpää Mikko HPK.jpg
Born (1983-04-19) April 19, 1983 (age 34)
Tampere, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Ambrì-Piotta
JYP
Pelicans
HPK
Syracuse Crunch
Skellefteå AIK
Frölunda HC
Amur Khabarovsk
CSKA Moscow
HC Lev Praha
National team  Finland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Mikko Mäenpää (born April 19, 1983) is Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for HC Ambrì-Piotta in the National League A (NLA).

Playing career[edit]

He could not break through into Tappara roster at young age, so he moved to JYP in 2002. He also made brief visits to Pelicans and Mestis teams Jukurit and Sport. After full season in Jukurit in 2005-06 when the team won Mestis title, he moved to HPK and made a breakthrough season in SM-liiga, having 40 points. After the 2006-2007 season, Mäenpää was chosen to the SM-liiga All-Star Team.[1]

He signed a contract with Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the summer, but ended up playing for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. He returned to HPK mid-season, only to continue to Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Elitserien later in the season. He played two more seasons in HPK until 2010 and had seasons of 47 and 30 points. He was then selected to the national team for the 2010 IIHF World Championship for the first time in his career.

He then returned to Elitserien and signed for Frölunda HC for the 2010–11 season before signing for Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia for 2011–12. In 2012–13 he played 25 matches for HC CSKA Moscow and moved to Lev Prague after that. On July 2, 2015, he signed a one-year deal to continue his professional career with HC Ambrì-Piotta, a Swiss team competing in the National League A.[2]

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 Tappara Jr. A 35 10 8 18 30 5 1 0 1 4
2001–02 Tappara Jr. A 39 13 12 25 201
2002–03 JYP Jr. A 4 1 3 4 0
2002–03 JYP SM-l 9 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Sport Mestis 2 1 0 1 0
2003–04 JYP SM-l 40 0 2 2 44 2 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Jukurit Mestis 4 0 2 2 4
2004–05 JYP SM-l 9 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Pelicans SM-l 32 0 2 2 0
2005–06 Jukurit Mestis 40 6 10 16 75 6 2 1 3 2
2006–07 HPK SM-l 52 14 26 40 48 9 3 2 5 10
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 7 0 2 2 6
2007–08 HPK SM-l 13 3 2 5 18
2007–08 Skellefteå AIK SEL 11 3 4 7 12 5 0 1 1 25
2008–09 HPK SM-l 58 11 36 47 40 6 1 1 2 6
2009–10 HPK SM-l 43 12 18 30 72 17 5 4 9 26
2010–11 Frölunda HC SEL 46 8 10 18 46
2011–12 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 51 14 23 37 58 4 0 3 3 4
2012–13 CSKA Moscow KHL 29 2 2 4 8
2012–13 HC Lev Praha KHL 3 1 1 2 0 4 1 1 2 2
2013–14 HC Lev Praha KHL 31 0 12 12 10 22 2 9 11 6
2014–15 JYP Liiga 19 3 12 15 26 12 2 6 8 6
Liiga totals 280 43 99 142 268 46 11 13 24 50

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland U17 9th 3 0 0 0 2
2001 Finland WJC U18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 0 1 1 2
2012 Finland WC 4th 10 1 4 5 6
Junior totals 9 0 1 1 6
Senior totals 17 1 5 6 8

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