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Janne Pesonen
Pesonen Janne Kärpät
Janne Pesonen in white away jersey of Kärpät
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Ak Bars Kazan
NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
SM-liiga
Kärpät
Mestis
Hokki
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born May 11 1982 (1982-05-11) (age 34),
Suomussalmi, Finland
NHL Draft 269th overall, 2004
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Pro Career 2001 – present

Janne Pesonen (born 11 May 1982 in Suomussalmi, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Career Edit

Pesonen began his career with Hokki in 1998, playing in the second-highest division of hockey in Finland, the Mestis.

Kärpät Edit

He then played for Kärpät in the Finnish top division, the SM-Liiga, from 2001–02 and 2003–08. After his first season with Kärpät he returned to Hokki for one season in 2002–03. He returned to Kärpät in 2003–04 and won the SM-Liiga Rookie of the Year award, helping Kärpät to their first Finnish championship since 1981. His five seasons with Kärpät from 2003–08 saw Pesonen win four Finnish championships in total, in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008. He won the Jari Kurri trophy, which is annually awarded the playoff MVP, in 2007. He had his best season in 2007–08 when he led the SM-Liiga in goals, points, and plus-minus, winning the Aarne Honkavaara, Veli-Pekka Ketola, and Matti Keinonen trophies, respectively, for his efforts. That season he tallied 34 goals and 44 assists for a total 78 points in only 56 games played.

Pittsburgh Penguins Edit

On July 7, 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they signed Pesonen to a one year contract. After 3 preseason games in which he tallied 1 goal and 1 assist, Pesonen was sent to the Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on October 8, 2008. Pesonen would show his ability to adapt to the North American style of hockey by scoring 9 pts in his first seven games, scoring two goals and garnering seven assists. On October 31, Pesonen was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he made his NHL debut on November 1 against the St. Louis Blues. Pesonen's stay with the Penguins was brief, and he was returned to the AHL after seven games. On March 16, Pesonen set a new record for points in a single season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins, passing up Toby Petersen's 67-point season of 2000–01.

Ak Bars Kazan Edit

After one season in North America, Pesonen opted to return to Europe and signed with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League on August 4, 2009.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Hokki 2. Divisioona 2 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Kärpät Jr. A SM-Liiga 41 9 22 31 18 6 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Kärpät SM-liiga 9 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Kärpät Jr. A SM-Liiga 42 12 19 31 18 3 2 0 2 2
2002–03 Hokki Mestis 40 14 21 35 62 3 2 0 2 4
2003–04 Kärpät SM-liiga 56 17 13 30 28 15 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Kärpät SM-liiga 55 11 18 29 42 12 2 0 2 0
2005–06 Kärpät SM-liiga 53 8 14 22 34 11 4 0 4 8
2006–07 Kärpät SM-liiga 56 22 33 55 38 9 4 3 7 10
2007–08 Kärpät SM-liiga 56 34 44 78 58 14 7 9 16 10
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 70 32 50 82 33 5 1 5 6 0
SM-liiga Totals 285 94 122 216 200 62 18 13 31 32


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Preceded by
Miika Wiikman
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
2006–07
Succeeded by
Tuomas Tarkki

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