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Hannu Toivonen
Toivonen Hannu Ilves 2008
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
197 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
St. Louis Blues
Ilves
Boston Bruins
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born May 18 1984 (1984-05-18) (age 32),
Kalvola, FIN
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2002
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 2002 – present

Hannu Toivonen (born May 18, 1984 in Kalvola, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently in the organization of the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League. At this time, he plays for the Peoria Rivermen in the American Hockey League.

Playing career Edit

Pre-NHL Edit

Toivonen started his pro career with HPK in the Finnish SM-liiga. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and moved to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003.

The NHL Edit

With Andrew Raycroft sitting out due to a contract dispute, Toivonen started the 2005–06 NHL season as the Bruins' backup goaltender. He made his NHL debut on October 8, 2005 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coming away with an overtime win. He holds the distinction of allowing the first goal of Sidney Crosby's career in that game. On December 1, 2005, he recorded his first NHL shutout, blanking the Ottawa Senators. Toivonen was 9–5–4 with a 2.63 GAA and a .914 SV% before suffering a high ankle sprain in January that effectively ended his season.

At the beginning of the 2006–07 NHL season, Toivonen and fellow team-mate and goaltender Tim Thomas were competing for the starter spot. After a rough start at the beginning of the season, Toivonen was sent down to Providence and was replaced by Brian Finley on November 7, 2006, officially making Tim Thomas the starting goaltender for Boston. Over the course of the next couple months, he was repeatedly recalled to Boston and sent back down to Providence. On April 2, he was recalled to Boston for the last two away games, then sent back to Providence on April 6.

On April 26, 2007, Toivonen signed a one-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins.>

On July 23, 2007, Toivonen was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Carl Soderberg. Upon being traded to the Blues, Toivonen was reunited with former Bruins teammates Brad Boyes, Ryan Glenn, Yan Stastny and Derek Gustafson. Toivonen was assigned to the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' AHL affiliate, on February 11, 2008.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season Edit

   
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA
2001–02 HPK-Jr Fin-Jr 31 15 12 4 1878 103 2 3.29
2002–03 HPK SM-l 24 16 2 4 1432 54 2 2.26
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 36 15 16 4 2162 83 2 2.30
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 54 29 18 3 3017 103 7 2.05
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 20 9 5 4 1163 51 1 2.63
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 27 13 13 1 1618 64 2 2.37
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 18 3 9 1 893 63 0 4.23
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 6 10 5 1202 69 0 3.44
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 11 6 4 0 627 33 0 3.16
2008–09 Ilves SM-l 56 19 23 9 2913 130 3 2.68
NHL Totals 61 18 24 10 3258 183 1 3.37

*Beginning in the 2004–05 AHL season and the 2005–06 NHL Season, regular season games could no longer end in a tie and a new record called "OTL - Overtime Loss" was introduced.


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