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Ville Peltonen
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
182 lb (83 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
HC Dynamo Minsk
San Jose Sharks
Nashville Predators
Florida Panthers
SM-liiga
HIFK
Jokerit
Elitserien
Frölunda HC
Nationalliga A
HC Lugano
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born May 24 1973 (1973-05-24) (age 43),
Vantaa, FIN
NHL Draft 58th overall, 1993
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 1991 – present


Ville Peltonen (born May 24, 1973 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks as their third round pick, 58th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Ville Peltonen is the son of Esa Peltonen, a member of IIHF Hall of Fame, who played 277 games (93+49=142) for the Finnish national team.

Playing careerEdit

Peltonen started his professional career with HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga. He showed great talent in 3 complete seasons with HIFK and left the team to play in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks in 1995, but after two seasons there he returned to Europe. After a year with Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien, Peltonen returned to the United States to play for the Nashville Predators, it was short lived, however. His career continued with a two-season stint with Jokerit before heading to Swiss league. Peltonen played three outstanding seasons for HC Lugano, earning him a place in Finland's 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2006 Olympic teams. Playing well together with Olli Jokinen in those aforementioned tournaments, Peltonen signed to a 1-year contract with the Florida Panthers in the NHL. After 2006–07 season, his first with the Panthers, Peltonen was offered a 2-year extension, which he accepted. On 02 August 2009 HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League signed him from Florida Panthers.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2008 Canada Ice hockey
Silver 2007 Russia Ice hockey
Bronze 2006 Latvia Ice hockey
Bronze 2000 Russia Ice hockey
Silver 1999 Norway Ice Hockey
Silver 1998 Switzerland Ice hockey
Gold 1995 Sweden Ice hockey
Silver 1994 Italy Ice hockey
World Cup
Silver 2004 World Cup of Hockey Ice hockey

Peltonen has represented Finland in international play on several occasions, most memorably in the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships; Peltonen scored a hat trick in the final game against Sweden, which Finland won 4–1 to come away with their only World Championship to date. He played on the Finnish first line with Saku Koivu and Jere Lehtinen; all three were named tournament all-stars. Peltonen also has been named World Championships -all-star 1998 and 2004. He was a member of the silver medal winning Finnish ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Peltonen has recently been signed back into the NHL by the Florida Panthers for a reason many say is to play alongside fellow Finnish star Olli Jokinen. Peltonen has played in Finland National team as many as 237 times; scoring 73 and assists 95.

Played for Finland in:

  • 1994 Winter Olympics (bronze medal)
  • 1994 World Championships (silver medal)
  • 1995 World Championships (gold medal)
  • 1996 World Championships
  • 1996 World Cup of Hockey
  • 1997 World Championships
  • 1998 Winter Olympics (bronze medal)
  • 1998 World Championships (silver medal)
  • 1999 World Championships (silver medal)
  • 2000 World Championships (bronze medal)
  • 2003 World Championships
  • 2004 World Championships
  • 2004 World Cup of Hockey (silver medal)
  • 2005 World Championships
  • 2006 Winter Olympics (silver medal)
  • 2006 World Championships (bronze medal)
  • 2007 World Championships (silver medal)
  • 2008 World Championships (bronze medal)

AwardsEdit

  • Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy for best rookie in the SM-liiga - 1993
  • Ice Hockey World Championships Tournament All-Star - 1995, 1998, 2004
  • Raimo Kilpiö trophy for gentleman player - 2003
  • SM-league Championship - 2002 Jokerit
  • NLA-league Championship - 2006 HC Lugano
  • Leading scorer Swedish Elitserien - 1998
  • Leading scorer Swiss NLA-league - 2004
  • President's Trophy - 2005

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 HIFK SM-liiga 6 0 0 0 0
1992–93 HIFK SM-liiga 46 13 24 37 16
1993–94 HIFK SM-liiga 43 16 22 38 14 3 0 0 0 2
1994–95 HIFK SM-liiga 45 20 16 36 16 3 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Kansas City Blades IHL 29 5 13 18 8
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 2 11 13 14
1996–97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 40 22 30 52 21
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 2 3 5 0
1997–98 Frölunda HC Elitserien 45 22 29 51 44 7 4 2 6 0
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 14 5 5 10 2
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 79 6 22 28 22
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 27 33 60 26 5 2 1 3 6
2001–02 Jokerit SM-liiga 30 11 18 29 8
2002–03 Jokerit SM-liiga 49 23 19 42 14 10 4 6 10 0
2003–04 HC Lugano Nationalliga A 48 28 44 72 16 16 4 10 14 8
2004–05 HC Lugano Nationalliga A 44 24 32 56 16 5 0 3 3 2
2005–06 HC Lugano Nationalliga A 39 23 25 48 22 17 12 16 28 8
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 72 17 20 37 28
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 56 5 15 20 20
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 79 12 19 31 31
NHL totals 382 52 96 148 119

InternationalEdit


Year Team Event   GP G A P PIM
1993 Finland WJC 7 5 6 11 2
1994 Finland Oly 8 4 3 7 0
1994 Finland WC 8 4 1 5 4
1995 Finland WC 8 6 5 11 4
1996 Finland WC 6 3 2 5 6
1996 Finland WCp 4 1 3 4 0
1997 Finland WC 7 2 2 4 0
1998 Finland Oly 6 2 1 3 6
1998 Finland WC 10 4 6 10 8
1999 Finland WC 10 2 3 5 2
2000 Finland WC 9 0 4 4 2
2003 Finland WC 7 3 4 7 2
2004 Finland WC 7 4 6 10 2
2004 Finland WCp 6 1 2 3 2
2005 Finland WC 6 1 2 3 4
2006 Finland Oly 8 4 5 9 6
2006 Finland WC 9 2 2 4 8
2007 Finland WC 9 2 7 9 4
2008 Finland WC 9 1 3 4 2
Senior int'l totals 137 46 61 107 62

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Petri Varis
Winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy
1992–93
Succeeded by
Juha Lind
Preceded by
Vesa Viitakoski
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
2002–03
Succeeded by
Kimmo Kuhta
Preceded by
Päivi Halonen
Winner of the President's Trophy
2004–05
Succeeded by
Erkka Westerlund


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