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Finland Vesa Viitakoski
#39 Kärpät / SM-liiga - 09/10
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Database: 876 903 players
Last added: Bob Nagge
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Jorian Donovan 0 0 0 0
2. Mitchell Martin - - - -
3. Nolan Collins - - - -
4. Payton Robinson - - - -
5. Ben Bujold - - - -
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
LW
Age
50
Height
6'2" / 189 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
212 lbs / 96 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
Status
Retired
Highlights
1-time World Championship Silver Medal 1

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
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1988-89 SaiPa SM-liiga 11 4 1 5 6 3 |
Finland U18 EJC-18 6 8 7 15 6 |
1989-90 SaiPa SM-liiga 44 24 10 34 8 -1 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 7 6 1 7 2 |
1990-91 Tappara SM-liiga 41 17 23 40 14 5 | Playoffs 3 2 0 2 4 2
Finland Goodwill Games 5 0 0 0 0 |
Finland U20 “C” WJC-20 7 6 5 11 2 |
1991-92 Tappara SM-liiga 44 19 19 38 39 -6 | Relegation 4 3 1 4 0 6
Finland WC 8 2 3 5 6 3 |
1992-93 Tappara SM-liiga 48 27 27 54 28 14 |
Finland WC 6 1 0 1 6 1 |
Finland (all) International 21 4 4 8 8 |
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 8 1 2 3 0 0 |
Saint John Flames AHL 67 28 39 67 24 -3 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3 2 3
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 10 1 2 3 6 -1 |
Saint John Flames AHL 56 17 26 43 8 -22 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1 2 -5
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1 |
Saint John Flames AHL 48 18 29 47 48 12 |
Cornwall Aces AHL 10 7 6 13 4 3 | Playoffs 8 1 3 4 2 -2
1996-97 HV71 Elitserien 50 17 12 29 24 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Ilves SM-liiga 47 11 19 30 12 3 | Playoffs 9 2 4 6 4 -1
1998-99 Ilves SM-liiga 53 17 5 22 18 6 | Playoffs 4 2 1 3 2 2
1999-00 Ilves SM-liiga 53 20 20 40 28 2 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 4 -4
2000-01 Ilves “A” SM-liiga 55 27 20 47 10 8 | Playoffs 9 3 3 6 6 0
2001-02 Ilves “A” SM-liiga 56 34 26 60 12 10 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 0 -3
Finland WC 9 1 1 2 2 -5 |
Finland (all) International 16 2 1 3 4 -1 |
2002-03 Ilves “A” SM-liiga 53 18 12 30 22 -9 |
2003-04 Ilves “A” SM-liiga 56 21 15 36 14 11 | Playoffs 7 2 2 4 2 2
2004-05 Brynäs IF Elitserien 47 12 10 22 14 -11 | Kvalserien SHL 10 3 4 7 0 4
2005-06 Brynäs IF Elitserien 13 1 2 3 16 0 |
Ilves SM-liiga 29 6 4 10 16 -2 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1 2 -1
2006-07 Ilves SM-liiga 56 17 12 29 38 1 | Playoffs 7 1 0 1 2 -3
2007-08 Ilves “A” SM-liiga 55 14 12 26 26 2 | Playoffs 9 3 3 6 4 1
2008-09 Kärpät SM-liiga 50 11 9 20 49 -4 | Playoffs 14 4 2 6 4 -2
2009-10 Kärpät SM-liiga 52 9 10 19 22 -10 | Playoffs 10 2 0 2 0 -1
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1992-93 Finland Sauna Cup 3 0 0 0 0 -2 |
1997-98 Ilves Continental Cup 3 6 0 6 2 -1 |
1998-99 Ilves Euro HL 6 3 1 4 0 1 | Playoffs 6 0 2 2 0 -1
2002-03 Finland EHT 4 0 0 0 0 |
2006-07 Ilves Continental Cup 2 1 0 1 2 -2 |
2008-09 Kärpät Champions HL 4 0 0 0 0 -3 |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2011-12 Ilves U20 U20 SM-liiga Asst. Coach
2012-13 Ilves SM-liiga Asst. Coach
2013-14 HPK Liiga Asst. Coach
2014-15 HPK Liiga Asst. Coach
2015-16 HPK Liiga Asst. Coach Fired 2016-01-28
2016-17 Turkey U17 EYOF Head Coach
2017-18 EHC Visp SL Asst. Coach
2018-19 EHC Visp SL Asst. Coach
2019-20 EHC Visp SL Asst. Coach
2020-21 EHC Visp SL Asst. Coach
2021-22 KOOVEE Mestis Head Coach
Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 3 181 70 100 170 0.94 84 -10 | 3 17 2 6 8 0.47 6 -4
Champions HL 1 4 0 0 0 0.00 0 -3 | 0
Continental Cup 2 5 7 0 7 1.40 4 -3 | 0
EHT 1 4 0 0 0 0.00 0 - | 0
EJC-18 1 6 8 7 15 2.50 6 - | 0
Euro HL 1 6 3 1 4 0.67 0 1 | 1 6 0 2 2 0.33 0 -1
Goodwill Games 1 5 0 0 0 0.00 0 - | 0
International 2 37 6 5 11 0.30 12 -1 | 0
SM-liiga (Liiga) 17 803 296 244 540 0.67 362 33 | 13 86 25 17 42 0.49 34 -2
NHL 3 23 2 4 6 0.26 8 -2 | 0
Sauna Cup 1 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2 | 0
Elitserien (SHL) 3 110 30 24 54 0.49 54 -11 | 2 15 4 5 9 0.60 2 4
WC 3 23 4 4 8 0.35 14 -1 | 0
WJC-20 2 14 12 6 18 1.29 4 - | 0
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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Raimo Helminen (F) 1997-2008 10 Finland, Finland (all), Ilves
Mikko Peltola (F) 1990-2008 7 Ilves, Tappara
Juha Pitkämäki (G) 1998-2006 6 Ilves
Tommi Miettinen (F) 1999-2006 6 Brynäs IF, Finland (EHT), Finland (all), Ilves

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DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
09/24/2010
09/24/2010 Confirmed Kärpät Retired
04/22/2009
04/22/2009 Extension Kärpät Kärpät
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