Esa Pirnes (born April 1, 1977) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey centre. He began and concluded his 21 year career playing for Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga. Pirnes was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 6th round (174th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Esa Pirnes
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Born (1977-04-01) April 1, 1977 (age 44)
Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Oulun Kärpät
Espoo Blues
Tappara
Los Angeles Kings
Lukko
Färjestads BK
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Jokerit
EV Zug
AIK IF
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 174th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1995–2016

Playing careerEdit

Pirnes started his career with Kärpät in the Finnish second league in 1995 and played with them until 1999, when he signed with SM-Liiga club Blues. He stayed with the Blues for two seasons before he moved to rivals Tappara in 2001. In 2003, he was drafted by the Kings after four good seasons in SM-Liiga. Pirnes went over the Atlantic to play in the NHL. But he did not have the same success in NHL as he had in Finland. Despite playing 57 games with LA he only scored 11 points. Before the season was over he also played a few games with the Kings's farm team, Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He was named to team Finland in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey roster, but did not play a game.[1] But he did not stay in the NHL, instead he went back home to Finland and signed with Lukko for the 2004/05 season.

After one year in Lukko he moved back to his former club, Blues. But after the season he signed with his fifth club in five years, Swedish club Färjestads BK, for the 2006/07 season. In Färjestad he was re-united with his former teammate from Lukko, Janne Niskala. In the Season 2008/2009 Pirnes signed to play for Atlant Moscow Oblast and left the club on May 6, 2009 the club to sign with Jokerit.[2]

In May 2012, Pirnes signed with AIK of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL).[3]

Sometime in 2020, Pirnes became the European Development Coach for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Oulun Kärpät Mestis 20 8 4 12 12 3 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Oulun Kärpät Mestis 36 17 16 33 20 9 0 2 2 16
1997–98 Oulun Kärpät Mestis 32 6 15 21 12
1998–99 Oulun Kärpät Mestis 47 26 26 52 16 5 0 3 3 2
1999–00 Espoo Blues SM-l 51 15 24 39 12 4 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Espoo Blues SM-l 54 10 8 18 51
2001–02 Tappara SM-l 49 8 16 24 30 10 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Tappara SM-l 56 23 14 37 6 15 5 9 14 2
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 3 8 11 12
2003–04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 4 3 1 4 2
2004–05 Lukko SM-l 47 9 29 38 31 9 1 3 4 2
2005–06 Espoo Blues SM-l 44 10 23 33 24 9 5 3 8 2
2006–07 Färjestads BK SEL 43 17 26 43 28 9 2 3 5 8
2007–08 Färjestads BK SEL 52 15 23 38 74 12 4 3 7 12
2008–09 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 51 22 28 50 84
2009–10 Jokerit SM-l 58 17 21 38 46
2010–11 Jokerit SM-l 39 9 12 21 57 3 1 0 1 2
2011–12 EV Zug NLA 29 12 14 26 4 3 0 0 0 25
2012–13 AIK IF SEL 45 10 20 30 28
2013–14 AIK IF SHL 43 10 14 24 38
2013–14 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 11 3 3 6 4 16 4 4 8 8
2014–15 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 46 15 13 28 30 19 7 9 16 10
2015–16 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 45 10 15 25 10 11 2 4 6 2
Liiga totals 500 129 178 307 299 97 25 34 59 32
NHL totals 57 3 8 11 12
SHL totals 183 52 83 135 168 21 6 6 12 20
KHL totals 51 22 28 50 84
Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2006 Latvia
  2008 Canada

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Finland WJC 5th 6 1 0 1 0
2003 Finland WC 5th 6 2 3 5 4
2004 Finland WC 6th 7 0 0 0 6
2006 Finland WC   8 1 3 4 4
2008 Finland WC   4 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 6 1 0 1 0
Senior totals 25 3 6 9 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Esa Pirnes player profile". National Hockey League. May 7, 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2006.
  2. ^ "Pirnes agrees to contract with Jokerit" (in Finnish). Jokerit. May 6, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  3. ^ "Esa Pirnes ansluter och Robert Rosén lämnar" (in Swedish). AIK. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
2002–03
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
2005–06
Succeeded by