Tony Virta

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Tony Virta
Born (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 44)
Hämeenlinna, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for SM-l
HPK
TPS
Jokerit
DEL
Frankfurt Lions
NHL
Minnesota Wild
SEL
Södertälje SK
NLA
ZSC Lions
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 2001
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 1991–2015

Tony 'QB' Virta (born June 18, 1972 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild as their fourth-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Virta is currently playing for Jokerit in the SM-liiga. On December 5, 2005, Virta received a serious knee injury from a failed hip check against him in a game against Ilves, but recovered to play in the last games of the season.

In the summer of 2001 Virta signed with Färjestads BK, but before the season had started he signed with the NHL club Minnesota Wild, who had drafted the same summer, and therefore never played a game for Färjestad.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 HPK Jr. Fin-Jr. 10 6 2 8 0
1989–90 HPK Jr. Fin-Jr. 17 1 16 17 40
1990–91 HPK Jr. Fin-Jr. 28 17 34 51 42
1991–92 HPK Jr. Fin-Jr. 35 24 31 55 114
1991–92 HPK SM-l 23 1 2 3 0
1992–93 HPK SM-l 48 9 8 17 35 12 1 0 1 0
1993–94 HPK SM-l 47 17 16 33 50
1994–95 HPK SM-l 43 9 24 33 75
1995–96 HPK SM-l 48 15 19 34 12 9 1 3 4 31
1996–97 Frankfurt Lions DEL 48 13 13 26 40 8 1 2 3 56
1997–98 TPS SM-l 48 17 15 32 26 3 0 0 0 0
1998–99 TPS SM-l 54 16 27 43 32 10 6 6 12 8
1999–2000 TPS SM-l 53 14 37 51 57 11 2 7 9 6
2000–01 TPS SM-l 56 27 32 59 24 10 2 5 7 6
2001–02 Houston Aeros AHL 67 25 33 58 29 14 1 9 10 10
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 2 3 5 0
2002–03 Houston Aeros AHL 39 6 12 18 14
2002–03 Södertälje SK SEL 5 2 1 3 31
2003–04 HPK SM-l 55 18 20 38 81 8 0 3 3 6
2004–05 GCK Lions NLB 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 ZSC Lions NLA 40 10 14 24 12 14 7 6 13 14
2005–06 Jokerit SM-l 36 7 12 19 48
2006–07 Jokerit SM-l 26 5 10 15 18 10 0 10 10 4
2007–08 Jokerit SM-l 56 10 23 33 67 14 1 6 7 10
2008–09 HPK SM-l 50 8 15 23 65 6 1 2 3 6
2009–10 HPK SM-l 34 4 14 18 28
2009–10 Leksands IF Swe-2 17 6 6 12 8
2011–12 PaKa II-Div 1 2 4 6 2
2014–15 HauSi III-Div 3 2 10 12 0
SM-l totals 677 177 274 451 618 93 14 42 56 77

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland WJC 7 0 1 1 10
2000 Finland WC 9 1 1 2 0
2001 Finland WC 9 2 6 8 2
2003 Finland WC 2 0 0 0 0
2004 Finland WC 7 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 7 0 1 1 10
Senior totals 27 3 8 11 2

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Preceded by
Timo Pärssinen
Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy
2000–01
Succeeded by
Janne Ojanen