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VESA VIITAKOSKI  Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1971-02-13 BIRTHPLACELappeenranta, FIN
AGE 44 NATION Finland
POSITION LW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 189 cm / 6'2" WEIGHT 96 kg / 212 lbs
YOUTH TEAM SaiPa STATUS Retired
NHL DRAFT 1990 round 2 #32 overall by Calgary Flames


Viitakoski was known as a big and strong winger. He was able to show up on the scoreboard even at an old age. He had a fine scoring touch, worked hard and was not easy to move in front of the net.

Son: Valtteri Viitakoski

Team Staff profile of Vesa Viitakoski also available

© Photo: Timo Savela

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1988-89 SaiPa Liiga 11 4 156 3 |            
  Finland U18 EJC-18 6 8 7156 |            
 1989-90 SaiPa Liiga 44 24 10348 -1 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 6 172 |            
 1990-91 Tappara Liiga 41 17 234014 5 | Playoffs 3 2 024
  Finland U20  WJC-20 7 6 5112 |            
 1991-92 Tappara Liiga 44 19 193839 -6 | Relegation 4 3 140
  Finland WC 8 2 356 3 |            
 1992-93 Tappara Liiga 48 27 275428 14 |            
  Finland WC 6 1 016 1 |            
 1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 8 1 230 0 |            
  Saint John Flames AHL 67 28 396724 -3 | Playoffs 5 1 232
 1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 10 1 236 -1 |            
  Saint John Flames AHL 56 17 26438 -22 | Playoffs 4 0 112 -5 
 1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 002 -1 |            
  Saint John Flames AHL 48 18 294748 12 |            
  Cornwall Aces AHL 10 7 6134 3 | Playoffs 8 1 342 -2 
 1996-97 HV71 Blue Bulls SHL 50 17 122924 | Playoffs 5 1 122  
 1997-98 Ilves Liiga 47 11 193012 3 | Playoffs 9 2 464 -1 
 1998-99 Ilves Liiga 53 17 52218 6 | Playoffs 4 2 132
 1999-00 Ilves Liiga 53 20 204028 2 | Playoffs 3 1 014 -4 
 2000-01 Ilves  Liiga 55 27 204710 8 | Playoffs 9 3 366
 2001-02 Ilves  Liiga 56 34 266012 10 | Playoffs 3 0 000 -3 
  Finland WC 9 1 122 -5 |            
 2002-03 Ilves  Liiga 53 18 123022 -9 |            
  Finland EHT 4 0 000 |            
 2003-04 Ilves  Liiga 56 21 153614 11 | Playoffs 7 2 242
 2004-05 Brynäs IF SHL 47 12 102214 -11 | Kvalserien SHL 10 3 470
 2005-06 Brynäs IF SHL 13 1 2316 0 |            
  Ilves Liiga 29 6 41016 -2 | Playoffs 4 0 112 -1 
 2006-07 Ilves Liiga 56 17 122938 1 | Playoffs 7 1 012 -3 
 2007-08 Ilves  Liiga 55 14 122626 2 | Playoffs 9 3 364
 2008-09 Kärpät Liiga 50 11 81949 -4 | Playoffs 14 4 264 -2 
 2009-10 Kärpät Liiga 52 9 101922 -10 | Playoffs 10 2 020 -1 
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 1997-98 Ilves Continental Cup 3 6 062 -1 |            
 1998-99 Ilves EHL 6 3 140 1 | Playoffs 6 0 220 -1 
 2008-09 Kärpät Champions HL 4 0 000 -3 |            


TEAM STAFF HISTORY
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE ROLE ON TEAM NOTES
 2011-2012 Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liigaAsst. Coach  
 2012-2013 Ilves LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2013-2014 HPK LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2014-2015 HPK LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2015-2016 HPK LiigaAsst. Coach  



CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 181 70 100 170 0.94 84  -10  | 17 2 6 8 0.47 -4 
  Champions HL: 4 0 0 0 0.00 -3  |    
  Continental Cup: 3 6 0 6 2.00 -1  |    
  EHL: 6 3 1 4 0.67 | 6 0 2 2 0.33 -1 
  EHT: 4 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  EJC-18: 6 8 7 15 2.50 |    
  Liiga: 803 296 243 539 0.67 362  33  | 86 25 17 42 0.49 34  -2 
  NHL: 23 2 4 6 0.26 -2  |    
  SHL: 110 30 24 54 0.49 54  -11  | 15 4 5 9 0.60
  WC: 23 4 4 8 0.35 14  -1  |    
  WJC-20: 14 12 6 18 1.29 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1988-1989 U18 EJC Bronze Medal
1989-1990 SM-liiga Most Goals by Rookie (24)
  SM-liiga Most Points by Rookie (34)
  SM-liiga Rookie of the Year
1991-1992 World Championship Silver Medal
1997-1998 SM-liiga Silver Medal
2000-2001 SM-liiga Bronze Medal
  SM-liiga Most Power Play Goals (11)
2001-2002 SM-liiga Gentleman of the Year
  SM-liiga Most Goals (Aarne Honkavaara Trophy) (34)
2006-2007 SM-liiga Most Shorthanded Goals (4)
2008-2009 SM-liiga Silver Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- SM-liiga Bronze Medal 00/01
- SM-liiga Gentleman of the Year 01/02
- SM-liiga Most Goals (Aarne Honkavaara Trophy) 01/02
- SM-liiga Most Goals by Rookie 89/90
- SM-liiga Most Points by Rookie 89/90
- SM-liiga Most Power Play Goals 00/01
- SM-liiga Most Shorthanded Goals 06/07
- SM-liiga Rookie of the Year 89/90
- SM-liiga Silver Medal 97/98, 08/09
- U18 EJC Bronze Medal 88/89
- World Championship Silver Medal 91/92



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
09/24/2010 Confirmed Kärpät Retired
04/22/2009 Extension Kärpät Kärpät (1 year) 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Ilves
Cult/Star player for Cornwall Aces
Cult/Star player for SaiPa
Cult/Star player for Saint John Flames