Artturi Lehkonen

Artturi Lehkonen (born 4 July 1995) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lehkonen was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round (55th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Artturi Lehkonen
Born (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 25)
Piikkiö, Finland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
TPS
KalPa
Frölunda HC
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2013
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2011–present

Playing careerEdit

He was born in Piikkiö, but grew up in Turku. He played for TuTo and TPS as a youngster and logged his first minutes in Finland's top-flight Liiga for TPS during the 2011–12 season. He then joined fellow Liiga outfit KalPa prior to the 2012–13 campaign.[1]

On 28 March 2014, Lehkonen opted to leave KalPa of the Finnish Liiga and further his development in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), in signing a two-year contract with Frölunda HC.[2] In his second year in Sweden, the 2015–16 season, he made 49 SHL appearances, tallying 16 goals and 17 assists in the regular season plus 16 games in postseason play with a league-best eleven goals and eight assists en route to claiming the title. The 19 points tallied beat Daniel Alfredsson 2004–05 playoffs performance (18pts) to establish a new team record for most points in a single playoff year. He was also influential in winning the Champions Hockey League that season, chipping in with twelve points (five goals, seven assists) in 13 outings.[3]

Lehkonen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) on 8 May 2016.[4]

On 3 October 2018, Lehkonen scored the Canadiens' first goal of the 2018–19 season in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.[5]

On 11 July 2019, the Canadiens re-signed Lehkonen to a two-year, $4.8 million contract extension.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Lehkonen's father is Ismo Lehkonen, a former professional hockey player and coach.[7]

Lehkonen is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.[8]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Finland
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2013 Russia
World Junior Championships
  2014 Malmö

Lehkonen made his debut with Finland's men's national team during the 2015–16 Euro Hockey Tour.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 TPS Jr. A 2 0 1 1 0
2011–12 TPS Jr. A 40 28 26 54 54
2011–12 TPS SM-l 18 2 2 4 8 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 KalPa SM-l 45 14 16 30 12 4 2 1 3 2
2013–14 KalPa Liiga 33 7 13 20 4
2014–15 Frölunda HC SHL 47 8 8 16 12 13 3 3 6 0
2015–16 Frölunda HC SHL 49 16 17 33 12 16 11 8 19 4
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 18 10 28 8 6 2 2 4 2
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 12 9 21 20
2018–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 11 20 31 32
2019–20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 13 14 27 24 10 1 3 4 8
Liiga totals 96 23 31 54 24 6 2 1 3 2
SHL totals 96 24 25 49 24 29 14 11 25 4
NHL totals 291 54 53 107 84 16 3 5 8 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Finland U17 7th 5 1 1 2 0
2011 Finland IH18 4th 5 2 3 5 4
2012 Finland WJC18 4th 7 7 3 10 6
2013 Finland WJC18   7 3 6 9 12
2013 Finland WJC 7th 6 3 1 4 4
2014 Finland WJC   6 2 2 4 2
2015 Finland WJC 7th 5 1 0 1 6
Junior totals 41 19 16 35 34

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Ref
SHL
Le Mat Trophy (Frölunda HC) 2016 [10]
CHL
Champions (Frölunda HC) 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Uutiset - Hyökkääjät Antti Kerälä ja Artturi Lehkonen KalPaan kahden vuoden sopimuksilla". www.kalpa.fi. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ "World Junior Champion Lehkonen to Frolunda". Frölunda HC. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Statistics | Champions Hockey League". www.championshockeyleague.net. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on a three-year contract with forward Artturi Lehkonen". canadiens.nhl.com. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  5. ^ "MTL@TOR: A determined bunch". NHL.com. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ Cowan, Stu (11 July 2019). "Canadiens sign Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia to two-year contracts". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  7. ^ Matt Cudzinowski (16 October 2018). "Sincere gratitude". NHL.com. Retrieved 10 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Matt Cudzinowski; Steven Nechay (18 August 2018). "Starstruck: Artturi Lehkonen on Bacary Sagna". Retrieved 9 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Otteluseuranta: Ruotsi - Suomi 11.02.2016 (Euro Hockey Tour)". Tappara.co. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Frolunda Swedish champions for 2015/16" (in Swedish). norran.se. 24 April 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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