Jori Jonatan Lehterä (born 23 December 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). A centreman, he was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round, 65th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
23 December 1987|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
SKA Saint Petersburg|
St. Louis Blues
65th overall, 2008|
St. Louis Blues
Lehterä dominated the Jokerit junior team in scoring, and earned himself a place on the team's SM-liiga roster in the fall of 2006. He was selected to represent Finland at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships 2006 World Under-20's Championships in Sweden, but could not play due to an injury. In April 2007, he signed a three-year contract with Tappara.
Lehterä was drafted by the St. Louis Blues at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in the third round, 65th overall. He made the move to North America for the 2008–09 season to play for the Peoria Rivermen, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Blues. However, he played just seven games for Peoria, recording just one assist, before returning to Tappara in Finland to close out the season, where he was ultimately named the SM-liiga's Most Valuable Player (MVP) after scoring 19 goals and 50 assists for 69 points.
After playing one season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Lehterä moved to KHL rivals Sibir Novosibirsk from 2011–12 to 2013–14, the latter of which he scored 12 goals and 32 assists to lead the team in points, with 44. After yearly consistent performances for Novosibirsk, he played for Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where he scored one goal and three assists in four games for the bronze medal-winning Finns.
On 1 July 2014, Lehterä signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the St. Louis Blues, the organization still retaining his NHL rights after initially drafting him in 2008. He was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for 10–17 November after posting four goals and two assists in three games for St. Louis.
He was traded by the Blues along with a first-round pick (27th overall) and conditional first-round pick in 2018 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Brayden Schenn, at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on June 23, 2017.
In September 2018, police in Finland announced that they had conducted a raid on his home, resulting in several arrests and the seizure of cocaine. Lehtera was not home at the time, but police believe that he is involved in a distribution ring with about twenty other people. On 1 January 2019, it was reported that Lehtera was not involved in the distribution part of the ring; just purchasing and possessing.
Awards and honoursEdit
|Lasse Oksanen Award||2010|
|Veli-Pekka Ketola Award||2010|
|All-Star Game||2013, 2014|
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2014–15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||75||14||30||44||48||5||0||2||2||0|
|2015–16||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||9||25||34||38||20||3||6||9||10|
|2016–17||St. Louis Blues||NHL||64||7||15||22||34||8||1||3||4||4|
|2018–19||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||5||1||2||3||4||—||—||—||—||—|
- Suomen nuorten MM-leiriryhmä nimetty – uutiset – Maajoukkue – www.jatkoaika.com
- Lehterä ja Salmela Tapparaan – uutiset – SM-liiga – www.jatkoaika.com
- Jori Lehterä lainasopimuksella rapakon taakse | Jääkiekko | Iltalehti.fi
- "Tapparan Jori Lehterä runkosarjan paras pelaaja" (in Finnish). Liiga. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter
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- "Blues sign forward Lehtera to two-year contract". NHL.com. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Mahiban, Dhiren (24 August 2014). "Looking to make the leap: Jori Lehtera". NBC Sports. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "Blues sign Lehtera to 2-year contract". St. Louis Blues. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- The Canadian Press (17 November 2014). "Lehtera, Price, Forsberg named NHL's three stars of the week". CBC. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "Blues acquire Schenn from Flyers". St. Louis Blues. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Йори Лехтеря – в СКА!" (in Russian). SKA St. Petersburg. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
- "Report: Former Blues Forward Implicated in Finnish Cocaine Ring". KMOX-AM. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- "Flyers' Jori Lehtera accused of buying cocaine". ESPN. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.