Tomek Valtonen

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Tomek Valtonen
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Born (1980-01-08) January 8, 1980 (age 39)
Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
NHL Draft 56th overall, 1998
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1997–2009

Tomek Valtonen (born January 8, 1980) is a Polish-born Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. He is currently the head coach for Sport of the Finnish Liiga. Valtonen was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings as their second-round draft pick (56th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Valtonen was born in Piotrków Trybunalski to a Polish mother and a Finnish father; the family moved to Finland when Tomek was young, and he grew up in Kitee.

He started his pro career in Ilves in 1997 and played his next season with the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL, and returned to the SM-liiga in 1999 and represented Jokerit until 2007, when he signed a two-year contract with Södertälje SK. Valtonen returned to SM-liiga and Jokerit for season 2008-2009.

He has won the SM-liiga championship, three silver medals, and the under-20s World Championship.

Medal record
Representing  Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Finland
IIHF European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Czech Republic

Coaching career[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Ilves SM-liiga 19 1 0 1 14 3 - - - -
1998–99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 43 8 16 24 53 7 1 0 1 0
1999–00 Jokerit SM-liiga 41 0 3 3 63 9 1 0 1 8
2000–01 Jokerit SM-liiga 45 3 2 5 138 3 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Jokerit SM-liiga 55 4 4 8 65 11 2 1 3 2
2002–03 Jokerit SM-liiga 51 5 9 14 38 10 1 1 2 4
2003–04 Jokerit SM-liiga 53 15 16 31 78 8 1 3 4 8
2004–05 Jokerit SM-liiga 35 6 8 14 59 12 3 0 3 10
2005–06 Jokerit SM-liiga 51 11 6 17 130 -- -- -- -- --
2006–07 Jokerit SM-liiga 54 19 16 35 121 10 3 4 7 2
2007–08 Södertälje SK SEL 4 0 1 1 6 -- -- -- -- --

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