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Ville Peltonen
Position Left winger
Shot Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
187 lb (85 kg)
Team
F. Teams
retired
SM-liiga
HIFK
Jokerit
NHL
San Jose Sharks
Nashville Predators
Florida Panthers
IHL
Kansas City Blades
Kentucky Thoroughblades
Milwaukee Admirals
Elitserien
Västra Frölunda HC
NLA
HC Lugano
KHL
Dynamo Minsk
Teams Finland
Germany
Olympics 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010
World Championships 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2021
Coaching 2014-2016 HIFK U20
2014-2016 Finland
2016-2018 SC Bern
2018-2020 Lausanne HC
2020-present Germany
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born March 24, 1973,
Vantaa
NHL Draft 58th overall, 1993
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 1990 – 2014


Ville Peltonen (born on May 24, 1973 in Vantaa) is a Finnish retired professional ice hockey left winger. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks as their third round pick, 58th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2014-15 season, he was introduced into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame and a season later into the IIHF Hall of Fame. He is currently the assistant coach and team consultant with the German National Team.

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.

Club career[]

Peltonen played junior hockey with the HIFK organisation. He made his senior debut in the 1991-92 season when he played 6 games with the HIFK of the SM-liiga while he also played 37 regular season games and 4 play-off games with the HIFK under-20 team.

In the 1992-93 season, he played 2 games with the HIFK under-20 team and 46 regular season games and 4 play-off games with the HIFK of the SM-liiga. In this season, he became the SM-liiga Rookie of the Year as he was the rookie who recorded most assists (24) and most points (37) in the SM-liiga.

Peltonen then continued with the HIFK of the SM-liiga for next two seasons. In the 1993-94 season was Peltonen the player who scored most game-winning goals (5) in the SM-liiga.

Peltonen left the team to play in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks in 1995, but after two seasons there he returned to Europe. In the 1995-96 season played Peltonen 31 games with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and 29 games with the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. In the 1996-97 season, he played 28 games with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and 40 games with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the AHL. In this season, he was also named the AHL Player of the Week on March 2, 1997.

After a year with the Västra Frölunda HC of the Elitserien in which he scored most points (51) of all Elitserien players, Peltonen returned to the United States to play with the Nashville Predators of the NHL, it was short lived, however. He played two whole seasons with the Nashville Predators of the NHL and in the 2000-01 season, he played 23 games with the Nashville Predators of the NHL and 53 regular season games and 5 play-off games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL.

His career continued with a two-season stint with Jokerit of the SM-liiga. In the 2001-02 season, he became the SM-liiga champion and in the 2002-03 season, he made it into the SM-liiga All-Star Team and was named the SM-liiga Gentleman of the Year.

After that, he headed to Swiss league. Peltonen played three outstanding seasons with the HC Lugano of the NLA. In the 2003-04 season, he became the NLA Forward of the Year, NLA Media Most Valuable Player, made it into the NLA Media All-Star Team and was the best scoring player of the NLA with 72 points scored. In the 2004-05 season became Peltonen the NLA Media Best Forward and made it into the NLA Media All-Star Team. In the 2005-06 season, he became the NLA champion and was the player who scored most goals (12) in the play-offs.

Peltonen signed to a 1-year contract with the Florida Panthers of the NHL. After 2006-07 season, his first with the Panthers, Peltonen was offered a 2-year extension, which he accepted. On August 2, 2009, the HC Dynamo Minsk of the KHL signed him from Florida Panthers. In the 2009-10 season, he played at the KHL All-Star Game and won the Spengler Cup.

In 2010 - 2014, he spent his final seasons of his career with the HIFK of the SM-liiga (later Liiga). In the 2010-11 season, he won the Lasse Oskanen Award for the SM-liiga's best player of regular season, made it into the SM-liiga All-Star Team, became the SM-liiga champion, was named the SM-liiga Gentleman of the Year, won the Golden Helmet and was named the SM-liiga Player of the Month in September 2010 and in February 2011.

International career[]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Ice hockey
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2016 Russia Ice hockey
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 in 1998 and 2004. He was a member of the silver medal winning Finnish ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

He played for Finland in:

As the coach:

Awards[]

  • Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy for best rookie in the SM-liiga - 1993
  • World Championships Tournament All-Star - 1995, 1998, 2004
  • World Championships Scorer of the CWG - 1995
  • AHL Player of the Week - March 2, 1997
  • SM-liiga Championship - 2002 Jokerit, 2011 HIFK
  • SM-liiga All-Star Team - 2003, 2011
  • SM-liiga Gentleman of the Year (Raimo Kilpiö Trophy) - 2003, 2011
  • NLA Forward of the Year - 2004
  • NLA Media All-Star Team - 2004, 2005
  • NLA Media MVP - 2004
  • NLA Media Best Forward - 2005
  • NLA Championship - 2006 HC Lugano, 2017 SC Bern (as coach)
  • KHL All-Star Game - 2010
  • Spengler Cup winner - 2010
  • Lasse Oksanen Award - 2011
  • SM-liiga Golden Helmet - 2011
  • SM-liiga Player of the Month - September 2010, February 2011

Career statistics[]

    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

International[]


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

References[]

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