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Finland Vesa Viitakoski
Kärpät / Liiga - 09/10
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Database: 780 977 players
Last added: Olaf Den Hartigh
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Milan Gulas 52 35 41 76
2. Michal Birner 41 20 41 61
3. Libor Hudacek 50 31 29 60
4. Tomas Rachunek 51 25 27 52
5. Martin Zatovic 51 29 21 50
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
LW
Age
49
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 Liiga 11 4 1 5 6 3 | -
Finland U18 EJC-18 6 8 7 15 6 | -
1989-90 SaiPa Liiga 44 24 10 34 8 -1 | -
Finland U20 WJC-20 7 6 1 7 2 | -
1990-91 Tappara Liiga 41 17 23 40 14 5 | Playoffs 3 2 0 2 4 2
Finland U20 “C” WJC-20 7 6 5 11 2 | -
1991-92 Tappara 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 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 Blue Bulls SHL 50 17 12 29 24 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Ilves Liiga 47 11 19 30 12 3 | Playoffs 9 2 4 6 4 -1
1998-99 Ilves Liiga 53 17 5 22 18 6 | Playoffs 4 2 1 3 2 2
1999-00 Ilves Liiga 53 20 20 40 28 2 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 4 -4
2000-01 Ilves “A” Liiga 55 27 20 47 10 8 | Playoffs 9 3 3 6 6 0
2001-02 Ilves “A” 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” Liiga 53 18 12 30 22 -9 | -
2003-04 Ilves “A” Liiga 56 21 15 36 14 11 | Playoffs 7 2 2 4 2 2
2004-05 Brynäs IF SHL 47 12 10 22 14 -11 | Kvalserien SHL 10 3 4 7 0 4
2005-06 Brynäs IF SHL 13 1 2 3 16 0 | -
Ilves Liiga 29 6 4 10 16 -2 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1 2 -1
2006-07 Ilves Liiga 56 17 12 29 38 1 | Playoffs 7 1 0 1 2 -3
2007-08 Ilves “A” Liiga 55 14 12 26 26 2 | Playoffs 9 3 3 6 4 1
2008-09 Kärpät Liiga 50 11 9 20 49 -4 | Playoffs 14 4 2 6 4 -2
2009-10 Kärpät 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-sarja Asst. Coach
2012-13 Ilves 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 NLB Asst. Coach
2018-19 EHC Visp NLB Asst. Coach
2019-20 EHC Visp NLB Asst. Coach
2020-21 EHC Visp NLB Asst. 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 | 0
EJC-18 1 6 8 7 15 2.50 6 0 | 0
Euro HL 1 6 3 1 4 0.67 0 1 | 1 6 0 2 2 0.33 0 -1
International 2 37 6 5 11 0.30 12 -1 | 0
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
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 | 0
Transactions
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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