Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula
Center
NUMBER: 51
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
WEIGHT: 195
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 03/20/1984
AGE: 30
BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, FIN
DRAFTED: DET: 2002-95 overall
Entering his fifth NHL season, all with the Red Wings…The first Finnish born player in Red Wings history….Won his first Stanley Cup championship in 2008….Signed a five-year contract with Detroit on 7/30/08…Has 23 career multi-point games…Won a bronze medal with Team Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
BY SEASON
2009-10:
Finished the season with 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 55 games…Missed 26 games from 10/31 to 12/23 due to a broken wrist…Averaged 18:14 of ice time during the regular season…Won 51.7% of his face-offs taken…Notched his 100th career NHL point when he assisted on Darren Helm’s goal on 10/29 vs. Edmonton…Tied a career high when he tallied three points (2-1—3) on 3/24 vs. St. Louis…Fired a career high seven shots on goal on 2/3 at Anaheim…Appeared in all 12 postseason games for Detroit…Finished with 9 points (4-5—9) during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs…Averaged 18:34 of ice time during the postseason…Registered two postseason power-play goals…Played for his native Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and took home a bronze medal.

2008-09:  Appeared in a career high 80 games…Established new career highs in assists (28), points (40), PIM (42) and shots on goal (129)…Played in his 200th career game on 1/17 at SJ…Averaged 16:06 of ice time in regular season…Had six multi-point games…Appeared in all 23 postseason games for Detroit…Tied for third on team in postseason scoring with 16 points (3-13—16)…Averaged 17:37 of ice time in postseason.

2007-08:  Appeared in 78 games for Detroit….Established career highs in goals (19), assists (17) and points (36)….Became the first Red Wing to attempt, and score on, two penalty shots in the same season since Steve Yzerman in 1992 (vs. Nashville on Dec. 10 and vs. Florida on Dec. 15)….Appeared in all 22 postseason games for Detroit….Registered 11 points (5g, 6a) during the 2008 playoffs

2006-07: Appeared in 73 games in his rookie season…Led Detroit rookies in time on ice per game, averaging 11:15 per game…Scored his first NHL goal on 10/28 at St. Louis…Tallied his first goal at Joe Louis Arena on 12/31 vs. Los Angeles…Appeared in all 18 of Detroit’s postseason games…Three goals and two assists led Detroit rookies.

2005-06:  Made his NHL debut 12/15/05 at Florida….Recorded his first NHL point (assist) 12/15/05 at Florida….Played his first season as a pro in North America with the Grand Rapids Griffins….Ranked fifth in scoring on the Griffins with 70 points (20g-50a)….Led the Griffins with seven goals in 16 playoff games….Among the AHL’s leaders in assists (50)….Played for PlanetUSA in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.

2004-05: Played for Finland’s Jokeri Helsinki and ranked third on the team in assists (20) and tied for fourth in points with 30.

2003-04: Played his first pro season in Finland with Jokerit Helsinki….Led Finland to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship in Finland.

PERSONAL
Lives in Espo, Finland during the off-season….Greatest hockey memory is getting drafted by Detroit in 2002….Hockey idols as a youth were Teemu Selanne and Jari Kurri….Enjoys playing tennis and watching movies….Favorite food is Italian….Favorite vacation spot is Hania, Greece.