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| 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
197 lb (90 kg)
| NHL Team|
| St. Louis Blues|
|Born|| May 18 1984,|
|NHL Draft|| 29th overall, 2002|
|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
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
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||23||6||10||5||1202||69||0||3.44|
*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.