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Joni Tuulola (born 1 January 1996) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 181st overall, by the Blackhawks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Joni Tuulola
Born (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23)
Hämeenlinna, Finland
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
HPK
Vaasan Sport
NHL Draft 181st overall, 2015
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2014–present

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Playing careerEdit

On March 11, 2014, Tuulola made his Liiga debut playing with HPK during the 2013–14 Liiga season.[1] Tuulola spent the first four seasons of his professional career with HPK, before opting to leave the club and sign a two-year contract with fellow Finnish outfit, Vaasan Sport, on April 11, 2017.[2]

Upon completing the 2017–18 season with Sport having notched a career high 7 goals, 23 assists and 30 points, Tuulola was signed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on March 27, 2018.[3] He was immediately re-assigned to begin his North American career with AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, on an amateur try-out contract.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 HPK Jr. A 6 1 0 1 4
2013–14 HPK Jr. A 47 8 16 24 34 3 0 0 0 0
2013–14 HPK Liiga 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 HPK Jr. A 6 0 4 4 2
2014–15 HPK Liiga 32 5 5 10 8
2015–16 HPK Jr. A 4 0 4 4 2 8 0 2 2 10
2015–16 HPK Liiga 53 2 12 14 18
2016–17 HPK Liiga 54 2 6 8 12 7 0 1 1 12
2017–18 Sport Liiga 58 7 23 30 59
2017–18 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 52 4 10 14 17
Liiga totals 199 17 46 63 97 9 0 1 1 12

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2016 Finland
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Finland U17 7th 5 1 1 2 6
2014 Finland WJC18 6th 5 0 0 0 4
2016 Finland WJC   7 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 17 1 2 3 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Joni Tuulola player profile". jatkoaia.com. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Joni Tuulola agrees to contract with Sport" (in Finnish). Vaasan Sport. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Joni Tuulola". Chicago Blackhawks. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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