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Finland Esa Pirnes

#12 Kärpät / Liiga - 15/16
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Last added: Layna Pereiro
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Hank Crone 17 7 20 27
2. Nathan Smith 18 11 15 26
3. Drew Worrad 16 5 21 26
4. Owen Sillinger 16 9 15 24
5. Louis Boudon 20 8 15 23
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
C
Age
44
Height
6'0" / 184 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
185 lbs / 84 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
Status
Retired
Highlights
2-time World Championship Bronze Medal 2
3-time SM-liiga Champion 3

Pirnes was a center who played a very well-rounded game. He had terrific playmaking ability and vision, which made him excel on the powerplay. He also skated well with good speed, and worked hard all over the ice. (EP)

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Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1992-93 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 22 14 17 31 2 |
1993-94 Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 31 15 15 30 24 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1 2
1994-95 Kärpät U18 U18 SM-sarja 6 6 3 9 8 |
Kärpät U20 U20 SM-liiga 18 3 3 6 10 | Relegation 14 5 6 11 6 3
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 2 |
1995-96 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-liiga 24 19 13 32 8 |
Kärpät I-divisioona 20 8 4 12 12 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 0
Finland U19 (all) International-Jr 4 3 3 6 2 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 4 0 0 0 4 |
1996-97 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-liiga 25 2 7 9 18 |
Kärpät I-divisioona 36 17 16 33 20 | Playoffs 9 0 2 2 16
Finland U20 WJC-20 6 1 0 1 0 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 4 0 4 10 |
1997-98 Kärpät U20 U20 SM-liiga 6 5 8 13 2 | Relegation 9 4 15 19 2
Kärpät I-divisioona 32 6 15 21 12 | Playoffs 9 4 15 19 2
1998-99 Kärpät I-divisioona 47 26 26 52 16 30 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3 2 1
1999-00 Blues SM-liiga 51 15 24 39 12 4 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1 2 1
2000-01 Blues SM-liiga 54 10 8 18 49 -17 |
2001-02 Tappara SM-liiga 49 8 16 24 30 11 | Playoffs 10 0 1 1 2 1
Finland (all) International 7 0 2 2 2 2 |
2002-03 Tappara SM-liiga 56 23 14 37 6 6 | Playoffs 15 5 9 14 2 2
Finland WC 6 2 3 5 4 1 |
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 3 8 11 12 -9 |
Manchester Monarchs AHL 4 3 1 4 2 2 |
Finland WC 7 0 0 0 6 -3 |
2004-05 Lukko SM-liiga 47 9 29 38 31 16 | Playoffs 9 1 3 4 2 -7
2005-06 Blues SM-liiga 44 10 23 33 24 -5 | Playoffs 9 5 3 8 2 -2
Finland WC 8 1 3 4 4 4 |
2006-07 Färjestad BK “A” Elitserien 43 17 26 43 28 -1 | Playoffs 9 2 3 5 8 -1
2007-08 Färjestad BK Elitserien 52 15 23 38 74 3 | Playoffs 12 4 3 7 12 -3
Finland WC 4 0 0 0 0 -3 |
2008-09 Atlant Mytishchi KHL 51 22 28 50 84 28 |
2009-10 Jokerit “A” SM-liiga 58 17 21 38 46 6 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 2 0
2010-11 Jokerit “A” SM-liiga 39 9 12 21 57 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011-12 EV Zug NLA 29 12 14 26 4 -3 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 25 1
2012-13 AIK Elitserien 45 10 20 30 28 -8 |
2013-14 AIK SHL 43 10 14 24 38 -9 |
Kärpät Liiga 11 3 3 6 4 -3 | Playoffs 16 4 4 8 8 3
2014-15 Kärpät Liiga 46 15 13 28 30 13 | Playoffs 19 7 9 16 10 6
2015-16 Kärpät Liiga 45 10 15 25 10 4 | Playoffs 11 2 4 6 2 6
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1998-99 Jokerit Euro HL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2002-03 Finland EHT 7 1 2 3 4 |
2003-04 Finland EHT 2 0 0 0 0 |
2004-05 Finland EHT 7 0 2 2 2 |
2005-06 Finland EHT 9 0 1 1 6 |
2006-07 Färjestad BK “A” ECC 2 1 1 2 0 -1 |
Finland EHT 8 1 1 2 6 0 |
2007-08 Finland EHT 12 5 4 9 14 -2 |
2008-09 Finland EHT 3 0 1 1 0 -2 |
2010-11 Jokerit “A” ET 3 1 0 1 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Kärpät Champions HL 6 1 1 2 2 0 |
2015-16 Kärpät Champions HL 12 1 4 5 10 -1 |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2020-21 New Jersey Devils NHL Development Coach European Development Coach
2021-22 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup Asst. Coach
New Jersey Devils NHL Development Coach European Development Coach
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr Asst. Coach
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 1 4 3 1 4 1.00 2 2 | 0
Champions HL 2 18 2 5 7 0.39 12 -1 | 0
ECC 1 2 1 1 2 1.00 0 -1 | 0
EHT 7 48 7 11 18 0.38 32 -4 | 0
ET 1 3 1 0 1 0.33 0 - | 1 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 -
Euro HL 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 - | 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 -1
I-divisioona 4 135 57 61 118 0.87 60 30 | 4 26 4 20 24 0.92 20 1
International 1 7 0 2 2 0.29 2 2 | 0
International-Jr 3 26 7 3 10 0.38 18 - | 0
KHL 1 51 22 28 50 0.98 84 28 | 0
Liiga (SM-liiga) 11 500 129 178 307 0.61 299 37 | 10 97 25 34 59 0.61 32 10
NHL 1 57 3 8 11 0.19 12 -9 | 0
NLA (NL) 1 29 12 14 26 0.90 4 -3 | 1 3 0 0 0 0.00 25 1
Elitserien (SHL) 4 183 52 83 135 0.74 168 -15 | 2 21 6 6 12 0.57 20 -4
U16 SM-sarja 1 22 14 17 31 1.41 2 - | 0
U18 SM-sarja 2 37 21 18 39 1.05 32 - | 1 4 1 0 1 0.25 2 -
U20 SM-liiga (U20 SM-sarja) 4 73 29 31 60 0.82 38 - | 2 23 9 21 30 1.30 8 3
WC 4 25 3 6 9 0.36 14 -1 | 0
WJC-20 1 6 1 0 1 0.17 0 - | 0
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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Antti-Jussi Niemi (D) 1994-2011 12 Finland, Finland, Finland U18 (all), Finland U19 (all), Finland U20, Finland U20 (all), Jokerit
Tomi Kallio (F) 1994-2009 11 Finland, Finland, Finland (all), Finland U18 (all), Finland U19 (all), Finland U20, Finland U20 (all)
Jari Viuhkola (F) 1995-2014 10 Finland, Finland, Kärpät, Kärpät U20
Mikko Lehtonen (D) 1994-2014 9 Finland, Finland, Kärpät, Kärpät U18, Kärpät U20

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Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
06/16/2016
06/16/2016 Confirmed Kärpät Retired
05/25/2015
05/25/2015 Extension Kärpät Kärpät
10/14/2014
10/14/2014 Extension Kärpät Kärpät
02/04/2014
02/04/2014 Confirmed AIK Kärpät
05/21/2012
05/21/2012 Confirmed EV Zug AIK
09/12/2011
09/12/2011 Confirmed Jokerit EV Zug
05/05/2009
05/05/2009 Confirmed Atlant Mytishchi Jokerit
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Cult/Star player for AIK

Cult/Star player for Blues

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Cult/Star player for Tappara

Career transactions
- 2012-05-21 • Signed by AIK
- 2011-09-12 • Signed by Zug
- 2009-05-05 • Signed by Jokerit
- 2008-05-25 • Signed by Atlant Mytishchi
- 2006-04-07 • Signed by Färjestad
- 2005-04-28 • Signed by Blues
- 2004-07-30 • Signed to a lockout contract by Lukko
- 2004-04-27 • Option year exercised by the Los Angeles Kings
- 2003-07-15 • Signed by the Los Angeles Kings

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