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Sebastian Aho
Born (1997-07-26)26 July 1997,
Rauma, Finland
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Center / Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Oulun Kärpät
Ässät
Ntl. team Flag of Finland.png Finland
NHL Draft 35th overall, 2015
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2014–present

Sebastian Antero Aho (born 26 July 1997) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player and currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Aho formerly played with Oulun Kärpät in the Finnish Liiga. Aho made his professional debut with Oulun Kärpät during the 2013–14 season. Drafted 35th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he made his NHL debut during the 2016–17 season with the Hurricanes.

Playing career

Liiga

Aho made his Liiga debut playing with Oulun Kärpät during the 2013–14 season.[1]

NHL

Carolina Hurricanes

Aho was rated amongst the top 20 European forward skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[2][3] In the draft, he was selected in the second round, 35th overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes.

On 13 June 2016, Aho signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina.[4] On 13 October 2016, he made his NHL debut—and recorded his first point, an assist—in the opening game of the 2016–17 season.[5] On 12 November 2016, he scored his first goal, which was followed by a second goal in a 5–1 win over the Washington Capitals.[6] On 31 January 2017, Aho scored his first career hat-trick in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.[7] Consequently, he became the youngest player in Hurricanes/Whalers franchise history to score a hat-trick.[8]

After the Hurricanes failed to make the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Aho represented Finland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[9]

During the 2018–19 season, Aho passed Ron Francis' franchise record for longest season-opening point streak by recording a point in the Hurricanes' first 12 games, as well as tied an NHL record for recording a point per game from the start of the season.[10] His streak ended on 3 November in a 4–3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes.[11] On 2 January, Aho was selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game after leading the team in goals, assists and points through 38 games.[12] On 13 January 2019, Aho recorded his second career hat-trick in a 6–3 win over the Nashville Predators.[13] Aho led the Hurricanes in scoring (five goals, seven assists) during their first trip to the playoffs in 10 years in the 2018–19 season.[14]

On 1 July 2019, Aho signed an offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first player to sign an offer sheet since Ryan O'Reilly in 2013. The contract included a lucrative bonus structure, including $21.7 million within the first 12 months of the contract.[15][16] On 7 July 2019, the Hurricanes officially matched the offer sheet, re-signing Aho to a five-year, $42.27 million contract, worth an annual average of $8.454 million.[17]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 3 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 27 4 7 11 10 10 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Ässät Liiga 3 0 2 2 0
2015–16 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 45 20 25 45 2 14 4 11 15 8
2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 24 25 49 26
2017–18 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 29 36 65 24
2018–19 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 30 53 83 26 15 5 7 12 2
2019–20 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 38 28 66 26 8 3 9 12 4
NHL totals 310 121 142 263 102 23 8 16 24 6
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2016 Finland
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2015 Switzerland
European Youth Olympic Winter Festival
Gold 2013 Braşov

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Finland IH18 5th 4 0 0 0 2
2014 Finland IH18 5th 4 5 2 7 0
2014 Finland WJC18 6th 5 2 1 3 4
2015 Finland WJC18 Silver medal icon.svg 1 0 1 1 0
2015 Finland WJC 7th 5 0 0 0 2
2016 Finland WJC Gold medal icon.svg 7 5 9 14 4
2016 Finland WC Silver medal icon.svg 10 3 4 7 4
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 0 0 0
2017 Finland WC 4th 10 2 9 11 4
2018 Finland WC 5th 8 9 9 18 2
Junior totals 26 12 13 25 12
Senior totals 31 14 22 36 10

Awards and honors

Award Year
NHL
All-Star Game 2019

References

  1. Finnish Sebastian Aho: "We made it to the semi-finals, but every game in the CHL is different" (7 February 2015). Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved on 17 October 2016.
  2. "NHL CSS 2015 International skaters final rankings". Retrieved on 17 October 2016. 
  3. NHL Central Scouting's 2015 final rankings (8 April 2015). Retrieved on 8 April 2015.
  4. Canes Agree to Terms with Sebastian Aho (13 June 2016). Retrieved on 17 October 2016.
  5. After NHL debut, Aho after a win (15 October 2016). Retrieved on 17 October 2016.
  6. Aho has 2 goals as Canes beat the Capitals 5-1 (12 November 2016). Retrieved on 13 November 2016.
  7. Sebastian Aho’s 1st hat trick helps Hurricanes beat Flyers to end skid (1 February 2017). Retrieved on 1 February 2017.
  8. Sebastian Aho Quickly Turning into a Star for the Carolina Hurricanes. Retrieved on 6 February 2017.
  9. Hurricanes Aho, Teravainen added to Finland’s roster for IIHF worlds (22 April 2018). Retrieved on 9 May 2018.
  10. Marchand scores twice including winner as Bruins beat Hurricanes (30 October 2018). Retrieved on 12 November 2018.
  11. Aho's assist streak ends for Hurricanes in loss to Coyotes (3 November 2018). Retrieved on 12 November 2018.
  12. Sebastian Aho Named to NHL All-Star Game (2 January 2019). Retrieved on 14 January 2019.
  13. Recap: Aho, Canes Roll Past Predators (13 January 2019). Retrieved on 14 January 2019.
  14. Carolina Hurricanes Skating Postseason Stats 2018-19 (20 May 2019). Retrieved on 20 May 2019.
  15. Canadiens tender offer sheet to restricted free agent Sebastian Aho (1 July 2019). Retrieved on 1 July 2019.
  16. Elliot Friedman on Twitter: "Aho’s actual salary will be between $700K-$750K per season. Rest is all bonuses. Approx $21M in first 12 months." (1 July 2019). Retrieved on 1 July 2019.
  17. Aho to have offer sheet matched by Hurricanes. NHL Enterprises, L.P. (2 July 2019). Retrieved on 2 July 2019.

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