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Ville Leino (born October 6, 1983 in Savonlinnamarker, Finlandmarker) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Leino started playing men's hockey at age 17 for his hometown team SaPKo in the Suomi-sarja. He was recruited into the SM-liiga by Ilves, and later moved on to HPK, where he led the team in scoring in the 2005-06 season when HPK won their first SM-liiga championship.

In 2007, Leino was signed by Jokerit. In his first season with the team, he broke the franchise record for most points in the regular season when he surpassed Timo Sutinen's record of 73. He went on to finish second in scoring, and won the Lasse Oksanen trophy for the best player during the regular season.

On May 10, 2008, Leino signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.Due to the Wings salary cap issues, Leino was then assigned to affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock commented that Leino was the "best player" he had ever sent to the minors. Ville was eventually recalled from the Griffins on January 29, 2009.

In the first period of his NHL debut on January 31, 2009, Leino scored a goal against goaltender José Théodore in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Leino is one the few players that have scored a goal in their first NHL apperance.

Leino signed a one-way, two-year extension with the Red Wings on July 6th 2009.

Awards



Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 SaPKo Suomi-sarja 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 SaPKo Suomi-sarja 15 6 6 12 4
2002–03 Ilves SM-l 23 1 1 2 0
2003–04 Ilves SM-l 54 9 15 24 26 7 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Ilves SM-l 56 8 11 19 32 7 1 0 1 2
2005–06 HPK SM-l 56 12 31 43 65 13 3 9 12 4
2006–07 HPK SM-l 50 11 29 40 73 8 1 9 10 31
2007–08 Jokerit SM-l 55 28 49 77 18 14 8 11 19 8
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 15 31 46 18 10 3 10 13 10
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 5 4 9 6 7 0 2 2 0
SM-l totals 294 69 136 205 214 49 14 30 44 49
NHL totals 13 5 4 9 6 7 0 2 2 0
AHL totals 57 15 31 46 18 10 3 10 13 10


International play

Leino made his international debut on Team Finland on the 2006-07 Euro Hockey Tour.

References

  1. http://www.jatkoaika.com/smliiga.php?ottelu=21371&versio=raportti}
  2. http://www.sm-liiga.fi/arkisto/jokerit/jokerien-ville-leino-runkosarjan-paras-pelaaja.html
  3. http://www.jatkoaika.com/smliiga.php?sivu=uutiset&id=5623
  4. http://www.sm-liiga.fi/palkinnot/all-stars-joukkue.html


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