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Miro Aaltonen (born 7 June 1993) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing with HC Vityaz of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[1] Aaltonen was selected by Atlant Moscow Oblast in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 2011 KHL Junior Draft, and he was also selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 6th round (177th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Miro Aaltonen
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Born (1993-06-07) 7 June 1993 (age 26)
Joensuu, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Vityaz
Espoo Blues
Kärpät
Toronto Marlies
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 177th overall, 2013
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2011–present

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Playing careerEdit

Following the 2016–17 season, after recording a career best 44 points in 59 games after his first season with HC Vityaz in the Kontinental Hockey League, he signed an entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 17, 2017.

Despite a strong push for a roster spot as the Leafs' fourth-line center, he was assigned to the Maple Leafs American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies for the 2017–18 season. In adapting to his first North American season, Aaltonen established himself among the offensive leaders with the Marlies, contributing with 20 goals and 43 points in 64 regular season games. Unable to earn a call up to the NHL, Aaltonen continued in the post-season with the Marlies, helping claim the club's first Calder Cup in posting 13 points in 20 games.

As an impending restricted free agent from the Maple Leafs but unable to make his NHL debut, Aaltonen opted to return to the KHL on a contract with former Russian club, Vityaz on July 1, 2018.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Espoo Blues SM-l 26 1 1 2 2 10 1 1 2 2
2011–12 Jokipojat Mestis 4 2 3 5 0
2012–13 Espoo Blues SM-l 32 11 5 16 22
2013–14 Espoo Blues Liiga 60 13 16 29 12 7 3 4 7 0
2014–15 Espoo Blues Liiga 57 16 21 37 14 4 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Kärpät Liiga 58 15 20 35 51 8 0 3 3 0
2016–17 Vityaz KHL 59 19 25 44 38 4 0 0 0 7
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 64 20 23 43 24 20 4 9 13 6
2018–19 Vityaz KHL 61 19 23 42 20 4 0 0 0 4
Liiga totals 233 56 63 119 101 29 5 9 14 2
KHL totals 120 38 48 86 58 8 0 0 0 11

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Finland WHC17 10th 5 0 3 3 2
2011 Finland WJC18 5th 6 4 0 4 2
2012 Finland WJC 4th 7 1 3 4 0
2013 Finland WJC 7th 1 2 1 3 0
2017 Finland WC 4th 8 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 19 7 7 14 4
Senior totals 8 0 0 0 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
AHL
Calder Cup (Toronto Marlies) 2018 [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miro Aaltonen signing with Toronto Maple Leafs". Sportsnet.ca. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Miro Aaltonen returns to Vityaz" (in Russian). HC Vityaz. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Marlies bring a hockey championship to Toronto, win Calder Cup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.

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