Toni Koivisto

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Toni Koivisto
Koivisto Toni Ilves.jpg
Born (1982-11-05) 5 November 1982 (age 34)
Ylitornio, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Lukko
Ilves
Kärpät
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Frölunda HC
Luleå HF
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 200th overall, 2001
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1999–present

Toni Koivisto (born 5 November 1982 in Ylitornio) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Lukko of the Finnish Liiga.

Playing career[edit]

A native of Ylitornio, Finland, Koivisto moved to Rauma as a teenager in 1998 to play for Lukko, as northern Finland lacked an SM-liiga team at that time. After one year spent with the Lukko junior A team, Koivisto debuted in the SM-liiga in the 1999–2000 season, although he still split his time between the adult and the junior teams. In 2000, Koivisto appeared in the U18 World Championships and won the gold medal with Team Finland. He also represented Finland in the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Championships, coming home with silver and bronze, respectively.

After six mediocre seasons with Lukko, Koivisto moved to Tampere to play for Ilves. In his first season there he reached for the first time the 30 points mark, and the 40 points mark in the two following seasons.

In 2008, Koivisto returned to the north to play for Kärpät, the closest major club to Ylitornio, which had been promoted to SM-liiga in his absence. In Oulu, Koivisto rose to stardom, scoring 62 points in 58 games during both of his two seasons with Kärpät.

Koivisto signed a two-year contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL on 26 May 2009.[1] In his first season with Metallurg in 2009–10, Koivisto struggled offensively scoring only 19 points in 51 games, he forwent his final year and signed a new two-year contract with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL) on 20 May 2010.[2]

After scoring only 1 goal in the 2011–12 season's first 17 games, Frölunda and Koivisto decided to split apart on 31 October 2011. He subsequently signed a one-season contract with Luleå HF of the same league (Elitserien) on 6 November 2011, expiring after the end of the 2011–12 season.[3][4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Lukko SM-l 11 1 0 1 2
2000–01 Lukko SM-l 47 5 1 6 6 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Lukko SM-l 52 4 10 14 8
2002–03 Lukko SM-l 56 7 6 13 16
2003–04 Lukko SM-l 54 4 8 12 57 4 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Lukko SM-l 56 17 10 27 16 9 1 2 3 2
2005–06 Ilves SM-l 56 19 13 32 28 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Ilves SM-l 56 21 20 41 16 7 4 4 8 0
2007–08 Ilves SM-l 45 14 26 40 12 5 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Kärpät SM-l 58 23 39 62 12 14 6 5 11 2
2009–10 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 51 11 8 19 16 8 1 1 2 2
2010–11 Frölunda HC SEL 54 14 9 23 12
2010–11 Frölunda HC ET 8 4 6 10 4
2011–12 Frölunda HC SEL 17 1 0 1 6
2011–12 Frölunda HC ET 8 4 2 6 4
2011–12 Luleå HF SEL
2011–12 Luleå HF ET
SM-l Totals 491 115 133 248 173 42 11 11 22 6
KHL Totals 51 11 8 19 16 8 1 1 2 2
SEL Totals 71 15 9 24 18
ET Totals 16 8 8 16 8
Toni Koivisto
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Moscow
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Pardubice
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Kloten

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WJC18 7 0 3 3 0
2001 Finland WJC 7 0 1 1 0
2002 Finland WJC 7 3 4 7 2
Junior international totals 21 3 8 11 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pettersson, Robert (2009-05-26). "Finnish offensive star for Magnitogorsk" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ Gyllander, Peter (2010-05-20). "Mäenpää, Koivisto, Wallén och Hedman klara". Frölunda HC (in Swedish). frolundaindians.com. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ Gyllander, Peter (2011-10-31). "Frölunda och Koivisto överens". Frölunda HC (in Swedish). frolundaindians.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  4. ^ Hedlund, Robert (2011-11-06). "Luleå Hockey värvar finskt". Luleå HF (in Swedish). luleahockey.se. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

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