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Marko Anttila
Anttila Marko Ilves
Position Winger
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
SM-liiga Team
F. Teams
Ilves
Suomi-sarja
LeKi
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born May 27 1985 (1985-05-27) (age 31),
Lempäälä, FIN
NHL Draft 260th overall, 2004
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 2003 – present


Marko Anttila (born May 25, 1985 in Lempäälä, Finland) is a professional ice hockey player. Anttila currently plays for Ilves of the SM-liiga and was drafted by Chicago Blackhawks in 2004 260th overall pick.

Playing careerEdit

LeKi Lempäälä (2003-04)Edit

Marko Anttila played his first adult ice hockey games during the 2003-04 season. Anttila's first team was his hometown team Lempäälän Kisa of Lempäälä.

Anttila scored 38 points in 22 Suomi-sarja regular season games during his debut season. Though playing in th 3rd highest level in Finland, Anttila was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft while he was playing for LeKi. It is believed that Anttila's connections with Chicago's scout for Finland, Sakari Pietila, was the reason why he was drafted (it is probable that almost no one else in the draft event had heard of him). His large size (over 6'7 ft tall) combined with good skills and his hard slapshot were the most convincing factors that influenced Sakari Pietila suggested him to the Blackhawks.

Ilves (2004-current)Edit

After being drafted while playing for small town's team, Anttila soon was reckoned as a player to invest on. Marko Anttila was contracted by Ilves Tampere in 2004.

Anttila struggled during his first season in SM-liiga but soon got the hand of playing in bigger levels.

In 2009-10, Anttila scored his SM-liiga career-high when he racked 26 points in 57 games.

As of 2010, Marko Anttila's NHL-rights are still held by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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