Ilari Filppula

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Ilari Filppula
NLA, HC Lugano vs. Genève-Servette HC, 18th October 2014 39.jpg
Born (1981-11-05) 5 November 1981 (age 37)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
TPS
Jokerit
JYP Jyväskylä
Grand Rapids Griffins
CSKA Moscow
HC Lugano
Modo Hockey
Malmö Redhawks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present

Ilari Filppula (born 5 November 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the TPS in the Finnish Liiga. He is the older brother of Valtteri Filppula.

Playing career[edit]

Filppula started his pro career in Kiekko-Vantaa, in the Finnish lower leagues, and after two years with JYP, he spent a season with Jokerit, and then returned to JYP with a two-year contract. In 2008, he signed a 2-year contract with TPS. Filppula won the Jari Kurri trophy in 2010.

On 15 June 2010, Filppula signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings;[1] the Red Wings assigned Filppula to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, during training camp.[2] In his first season in North America, Filppula participated in the AHL All-Star game and finished the season first on the Grand Rapids Griffins in assists and points.[3][4]

Despite leading the Griffins with 64 points, Filppula was not given an opportunity in the NHL with the Red Wings and on 19 May 2011, he returned to Finland with Jokerit, signing a four-year deal.[5] In 2013 he signed a one-year contract with HC CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.

At the completion of the 2013–14 season, Filppula left the KHL to sign a two-year contract with Swiss club, HC Lugano of the National League A on 8 April. 2014.[6] In the final year of his contract in Lugano, Filppula moved in a mid-season transfer to the SHL, signing for the remainder of the 2015–16 campaign with Modo Hockey.

Unable to help Modo retain their SHL status, Filppula left the club in the off-season, signing a one-year deal to remain in the top-flight league with the Malmö Redhawks on 9 April 2016,[7] he returned to TPS in Finnish Liiga for season 2017-18.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Kiekko-Vantaa Suomi-sarja 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 44 13 22 35 20 5 4 2 6 2
2002–03 Jokerit SM-l 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 41 13 22 35 20 5 4 2 6 2
2003–04 JYP SM-l 47 3 6 9 12 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 JYP SM-l 55 8 10 18 10 3 1 0 1 0
2005–06 Jokerit SM-l 56 9 16 25 14
2006–07 JYP SM-l 54 16 26 42 42
2007–08 JYP SM-l 56 7 15 22 20 6 0 1 1 0
2008–09 TPS SM-l 48 6 17 23 47 8 0 3 3 6
2009–10 TPS SM-l 58 12 37 49 24 15 2 12 14 8
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 20 44 64 24
2011–12 Jokerit SM-l 44 10 21 31 10 10 4 4 8 2
2012–13 Jokerit SM-l 53 19 35 54 36
2013–14 CSKA Moscow KHL 51 8 16 24 16 4 0 0 0 2
2014–15 HC Lugano NLA 37 12 21 33 10 5 1 4 5 0
2015–16 HC Lugano NLA 27 7 11 18 14
2015–16 Modo Hockey SHL 15 1 7 8 4
Liiga totals 472 90 183 273 209 43 7 20 27 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roose, Bill (16 June 2010). "Wings sign Filppula's older brother". NHL.com.
  2. ^ Ansar Khan (September 2010). "Red Wings release enforcer Aaron Downey, send eight others to Grand Rapids". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  3. ^ Steve Vedder (January 2011). "Griffins' Ilari Filppula scores goal, records assist in AHL all-star game". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  4. ^ Michael Zuidema (April 2011). "Consistency of Jamie Tardif highlight of Griffins' season; Gustav Nyquist's future looks bright". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Filppula and Hahl the latest confirmations" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Lugano agree to terms with Filppula" (in German). HC Lugano. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Redhawks strengthens attack with Filppula" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Ilari Filppula returns to TPS Turku" (in Finnish). Liiga. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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