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Esa Pirnes
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Essi
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
189 lb (86 kg)
NLA Team
F. Teams
EV Zug
Kärpät
Espoo Blues
Tappara
Los Angeles Kings
Manchester Monarchs
Lukko
Färjestads BK
HC Atlant Moscow
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born April 1 1977 (1977-04-01) (age 39),
Oulu, FIN
NHL Draft 174th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 1995 – present

Esa Pirnes (born April 1 1977 in Oulu, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre playing for EV Zug in the Swiss National League A.

Draft Edit

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in the 6th round as the 174th pick overall.

Playing careerEdit

Pirnes started his career with Kärpät in the Finnish second league in 1995 and played with them until 1999, when he signed with SM-Liiga club Espoo Blues. He stayed with the Blues for two seasons before he moved to rivals Tappara in 2001. In 2003 he was drafted by the Kings after four good seasons in SM-Liiga. Pirnes went over the Atlantic Ocean to play in the NHL. But he didn't have the same success in NHL as he had in Finland. Despite playing 57 games with LA he only scored 11 points. Before the season was over he also played a few games with the Kings's farm team, Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. But he didn't stay in the NHL, instead he went back home to Finland and signed with Lukko for the 2004/05 season. After one year in Lukko he moved back to his former club, Blues. But after the season he signed with his fifth club in five years, Swedish club Färjestads BK, for the 2006/07 season. In Färjestad he will reunited with his former teammate from Lukko, Janne Niskala. In the Season 2008/2009 Pirnes signed to play for HC Atlant Moscow (Former Khimik Moscow Oblast`) and left the club on 06 May 2009 the club to sign with Jokerit.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Kärpät Fin-2 20 8 4 12 12 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Kärpät Fin-2 36 17 16 33 20 -- -- -- -- --
1997–98 Kärpät Fin-2 32 6 15 21 12 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Kärpät Fin-2 47 26 26 52 16 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Blues SM-Liiga 51 15 24 39 12 4 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Blues SM-Liiga 54 10 8 18 51 -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Tappara SM-Liiga 49 8 16 24 30 10 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Tappara SM-Liiga 56 23 14 37 6 15 5 9 14 2
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 3 8 11 12 -- -- -- -- --
2003–04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 4 3 1 4 2 -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 Lukko SM-Liiga 47 9 29 38 31 9 1 3 4 2
2005–06 Blues SM-Liiga 44 10 23 33 24 -- -- -- -- --
2006–07 Färjestads BK SEL 43 17 26 43 28 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Färjestads BK SEL 52 15 23 38 74 12 4 3 7 12
2008-09 HC Atlant Moscow KHL 51 22 28 50 84 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 57 3 8 11 12 -- -- -- -- --
AHL totals 4 3 1 4 2 -- -- -- -- --
SM-Liiga totals 301 75 114 189 154 -- -- -- -- --
Fin-2 totals 135 57 61 118 60 -- -- -- -- --
SEL totals 95 32 49 81 102 12 4 3 7 12
KHL totals 51 22 28 50 84 -- -- -- -- --

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Preceded by
Kari Lehtonen
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
2002–03
Succeeded by
Niklas Bäckström
Preceded by
Jani Rita
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
2005–06
Succeeded by
current


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