Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ville Peltonen
Growing up in Finland, Ville Peltonen naturally idolized the most readily available icon of his community: former Oiler great Jari Kurri. It was Kurri and Peltonen's father that had the strongest impact on the development of his career in hockey.

Over the years since he first hit the ice, Peltonen's focus has been directed more towards playing international hockey than skating in the NHL, although the National League did maintain a bit more presence in his life during the later stages of his career.

He first made a real name for himself while skating for HIFK Helsinki in the Finish League. He also led the Swedish Elite League in scoring during the 1997-98 campaign. But the Finnish National Team always got the nod when it came to meaningful tournaments. Peltonen represented his country in the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games and joined in seven consecutive World Championships (1994-2000) and before returning to the international stage at the 2003 Worlds.

Between all of the international outings, Peltonen did manage to pop up in the NHL from time to time. He got his start with the San Jose Sharks where he played 31 games in 1995-96. He completed the year, however, with the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. The following year, he made it back to the Shark Tank where he put in another 21 big-league games before being dispatched to the Kentucky Thoroughbreds of the AHL where he rounded out the season.

Peltonen then returned to Finland for a year before joining the expansion Nashville Predators for the start of the 1998-99 campaign. He got off to a decent start, scoring ten points in his first 14 games. But a serious shoulder separation put him out of action for the remainder of the year.

He bounced back the following season, however, playing his first complete NHL campaign to date. By season's end, he had tallied personal-best six goals and 22 assists. Since that time, Peltonen has appeared in only 23 Pedators outings, having spent the remainder of the 2000-01 season with Milwaukee of the IHL. In 2001-02, Peltonen opted to return overseas signing with Jokerit Helsinki in Finland.

In the summer of 2006, Peltonen was signed by the Florida Panthers.

Over the course of his playing career, Peltonen has represented his homeland on numerous occasions, including; World Junior Championship (1993), World Championship (1994-2000, 2003-2008), World Cup of Hockey (1996 and 2005) and Winter Olympics (1994, 1998, 2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 24 21 24 45 14
1990-91 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 36 21 16 37 16 7 2 3 5 10
1990-91 Finland EJC-A 6 4 4 8 2
1991-92 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 37 28 23 51 28 4 0 2 2 0
1991-92 HIFK Helsinki Finland 6 0 0 0 0
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 4 2 6 4
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki Finland 46 13 24 37 16 4 0 2 2 2
1992-93 Finland WJC-A 7 5 6 11 20
1993-94 HIFK Helsinki Finland 43 16 22 38 14 3 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Finland Nat-Tm 19 6 4 10 6
1993-94 Finland Olympics 8 4 3 7 0
1993-94 Finland WC-A 8 4 1 5 4
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki Finland 45 20 16 36 16 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Finland Nat-Tm 16 3 3 6 4
1994-95 Finland WC-A 8 6 5 11 4
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 2 11 13 14 -7
1995-96 Kansas City Blades IHL 29 5 13 18 8
1995-96 Finland Nat-Tm 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Finland WC-A 6 3 2 5 6
1996-97 Finland W-Cup 4 1 3 4 0
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 2 3 5 0 -8
1996-97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 40 22 30 52 21
1996-97 Finland Nat-Tm 3 0 1 1 2
1996-97 Finland WC-A 7 2 2 4 0
1997-98 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 45 22 29 51 44 7 4 2 6 0
1997-98 Finland Nat-Tm 16 4 8 12 10
1997-98 Finland Olympics 6 2 1 3 6
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 4 6 10 8
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 14 5 5 10 2 +1
1998-99 Finland WC-A 10 2 3 5 2
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 79 6 22 28 22 -1
1999-00 Finland WC-A 9 0 4 4 2 -2
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 23 3 1 4 2 -7
2000-01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 27 33 60 26 +12 5 2 1 3 6
2001-02 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 30 11 18 29 8
2002-03 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 49 23 19 42 14 10 4 6 10 0
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 3 4 7 2 +2
2003-04 HC Lugano Swiss 48 28 44 72 14 16 4 7 11 8
2003-04 Finland WC-A 7 4 6 10 2 +6
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 1 2 3 2
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 44 24 33 57 16 5 0 3 3 2
2004-05 Finland WC-A 6 1 2 3 4
2005-06 HC Lugano Swiss 39 22 25 47 22 17 12 12 24 8
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 4 5 9 6 +4
2005-06 Finland WC-A 9 2 2 4 8 -1
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 72 17 20 37 28 +7
2006-07 Finland WC-A 9 2 7 9 4 +2
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 56 5 15 20 20 -2
2007-08 Finland WC-A 9 1 3 4 2 -4
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 79 12 19 31 31 +6
2009-10 Dynamo Minsk KHL 51 6 20 26 54
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 0 1 1 2 +3
2010-11 HIFK Helsinki Finland 54 28 37 65 16 16 6 6 12 6
2011-12 HIFK Helsinki Finland 49 24 24 48 36 4 0 1 1 0
2012-13 HIFK Helsinki Finland 43 13 16 29 40
2013-14 HIFK Helsinki Finland 55 13 29 42 16 2 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 382 52 96 148 119


Finnish Rookie of the Year (1993)
WC-A All-Star Team (1995, 2004)
IHL Second All-Star Team (2001)
Traded to Nashville by San Jose for Nashville's 5th round pick (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Josh Blackburn) in 1998 NHL Draft, June 26, 1998.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to shoulder surgery, December 10, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), April 26, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), April 9, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Florida, June 15, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), July 31, 2009. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), June 29, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, March 7, 2014.
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