Pekka Tirkkonen

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Pekka Tirkkonen
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Born (1968-07-17) July 17, 1968 (age 49)
Savonlinna, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for SEL
Linköpings HC
SM-liiga
HC TPS
KalPa
SaiPa
DEL
Starbulls Rosenheim
Augsburger Panther
Denmark
Herning Blue Fox
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 34th overall, 1986
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1984–2008

Pekka Tirkkonen (born July 17, 1968) is a Finnish ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. He is currently the head coach for EHC Kloten of the Swiss NLA. Tirkkonen was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Tirkkonen played 14 seasons in Finnland's top-tier SM-liiga, registering 161 goals, 236 assists, 397 points, and 241 penalty minutes, in 647 games played for HC TPS, KalPa and SaiPa. He won the championship with TPS in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Other stops in his playing career included Germany (Starbulls Rosenheim, Augsburger Panther), Sweden (Linköping HC) and Denmark (Herning Blue Fox). He claimed the Danish championship with Herning in 2005, 2007 and 2008, before retiring following the 2007-08 season.

Coaching career[edit]

Tirkkonen kicked off his career behind the bench immediately after retiring as a player and was appointed as head coach of Finnish second division side SaPKo prior to the 2008-09 season. After four year at the helm and after receiving Mestis Coach of the Year honors in 2012, he moved on and was named head coach of SaiPa of the country’s top-tier Liiga ahead of the 2012-13 campaign. In the 2013-14 season, Tirkkonen won the Kalevi Numminen Trophy as the league’s Coach of the Year. He guided SaiPa to the Liiga semifinals that season, where they fell short to eventual champions Kärpät.

Tirkkonen parted ways with SaiPa following the 2015-16 season and was named head coach of EHC Kloten of the Swiss top-flight National League A (NLA) on June 24, 2016.[2]

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