Valtteri Filppula

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Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula 140103.png
Born(1984-03-20) March 20, 1984 (age 30)
Vantaa, Finland
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
PositionCentre/left wing
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
Jokerit
National team Finland
NHL Draft95th overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2003–present
 
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Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula 140103.png
Born(1984-03-20) March 20, 1984 (age 30)
Vantaa, Finland
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
PositionCentre/left wing
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
Jokerit
National team Finland
NHL Draft95th overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career2003–present

Valtteri Filppula (born March 20, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He has previously played for the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2008.

He is the younger brother of Ilari Filppula.

Playing career[edit]

Filppula was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third-round, ninety-fifth overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Valtteri Filppula 1 2014-03-22

Filppula started his hockey career with the Jokerit organization, and secured his place in the SM-liiga team in the 2003–04 season as an excellent offensive forward. He won the SM-liiga silver medal with Jokerit in 2005, and was set to become the team's number one center for the next season. However, Filppula headed across the Atlantic to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. He was selected to play for PlanetUSA in the 2005–06 AHL All-Star Game.

On December 15, 2005 he made his NHL debut with the Red Wings, becoming the first Finnish player ever to play an NHL game for Detroit. He scored his first NHL goal on October 28, 2006 against former Wing Manny Legacé in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Filppula scored his first playoff career goal in Game 1 against the Calgary Flames on April 12, 2007 in his first post-season game.

Filppula continued playing for the Red Wings and scored 36 points on his third season for the team.

Filppula won his first Stanley Cup when Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Filppula scored the 2–0 goal for Detroit in the decisive sixth game of the series, Detroit won the game 3–2.

On July 30, 2008, Filppula signed a five-year, $15-million contract with the Red Wings, avoiding salary arbitration.[1]

On September 21, 2012, he signed with SM-liiga team Jokerit due to the 2012 NHL lockout. He returned to the Red Wings at the conclusion of the lockout, as the contract was signed to last as long as the lockout did. [2]

On July 5, 2013, Filppula signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[3]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Bronze2004 Finland
Bronze2003 Canada

Filppula was named Captain of Team Finland at the World U18 Championships in Slovakia in 2002. At the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he scored four goals and five assists in seven games to be selected as the tournament all-star. He was selected to play for Team Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics, which eventually resulted in a bronze medal win over Slovakia. He scored the empty net goal in the 5–3 win.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2003–04JokeritSM-l49513186
2004–05JokeritSM-l55102030201256112
2005–06Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL74205070301679164
2005–06Detroit Red WingsNHL40112
2006–07Detroit Red WingsNHL731071720183252
2006–07Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL32242
2007–08Detroit Red WingsNHL78191736282256112
2008–09Detroit Red WingsNHL801228404223313168
2009–10Detroit Red WingsNHL5511243524124596
2010–11Detroit Red WingsNHL7116233922112686
2011–12Detroit Red WingsNHL812343661450222
2012–13JokeritSM-l1669156
2012–13Detroit Red WingsNHL4198176142464
2013–14Tampa Bay LightningNHL752533582040110
NHL totals55812518430917810919395830

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2002FinlandU184th846102
2003FinlandWJC3rd60112
2004FinlandWJC3rd74592
2010FinlandOly3rd63030
2012FinlandWC4th1046106
Junior totals21812206
Senior totals1676136

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lage, Larry (2008-07-30). "Red Wings re-sign F Filppula to $15M, 5-year deal". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Valtteri Filppula to become the latest locked-out NHL star to join the Finnish SM-Liiga". Helsingin Sanomat. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  3. ^ Damian Cristodero (July 5, 2013). "Lightning signs free agent C Valtteri Filppula as No. 2 center". Tampabay.com. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 

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