Petri Kontiola (born October 4, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Prior to playing in the KHL, Kontiola has also previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Chicago Blackhawks, the organization that drafted him 196th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Kontiola in 2017
October 4, 1984|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
196th overall, 2004|
Kontiola was drafted 196th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks while playing for Tappara in the Finnish SM-liiga. He played professionally for four years with Tappara before making his North American debut for Chicago during the 2007–08 season.
Kontiola started out with the Blackhawks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, before playing in his first career NHL game on November 25, 2007, against the Vancouver Canucks.
On March 4, 2009, Kontiola was traded by the Blackhawks, along with James Wisniewski, to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Samuel Påhlsson, Logan Stephenson and a conditional draft pick in 2009. He was immediately sent down to the Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Iowa Chops, where he played for the remainder of the 2008–09 season.
On July 3, 2014, Kontiola bought his release from Traktor and signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He attended Toronto's training camp but failed to make an impression and on September 29, was assigned to the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate. In the 2014–15 season, after 11 scoreless games with the Marlies, Kontiola was placed on unconditional waivers in order to terminate his contract and return to the KHL on November 20. Three days later, Kontiola's KHL rights were traded by Traktor to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in exchange for Alexei Kruchinin and Yegor Martynov. Kontiola then signed a two-year contract with Yaroslavl on November 28.
After five seasons with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Kontiola left as a free agent following the 2018–19 season. He signed a one-year contract to continue in the KHL, returning to Finland to join Jokerit on May 1, 2019.
|World Junior Championships|
Kontiola made his international debut for Finland's junior team at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, scoring 2 points in 7 games to help earn a bronze medal. He was later named to the men's 2007 IIHF World Championship team in Russia to make his senior debut. He finished among the Finnish leaders with 7 points in 9 games as Finland lost in the final to Canada to earn silver.
Kontiola returned to the Finnish team three year later when he was selected for the 2010 IIHF World Championship tournament held in Germany. In seven games, he scored three goals before Finland was eliminated on May 20, 2010, after Kontiola missed a penalty-shot in the quarterfinal shootout against the Czech Republic.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
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- "Petri Kontiola moves from Metallurg Magnitogorsk to Traktor Chelyabinsk". Sports.ru. May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- "Leafs sign F Kontiola, Santorelli, Bodie to one-year deals". The Sports Network. July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
- "Maple Leafs send Kontiola to AHL after disappointing training camp". Sportsnet.ca. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Maple Leafs' Frattin clears waivers, Kontiola waived for purposes of termination". The Sports Network. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "Petri Kontiola to continue his career in Yaroslavl" (in Russian). championat.com. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- "Recruits in the attack" (in Russian). Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. November 28, 2014. Archived from the original on December 1, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- "Petri Kontiola to Jokerit" (in Finnish). Jokerit. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
- "Canada wins World Hockey Championship". CBC.ca. May 13, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "Czechs send Finns packing after a penalty shootout, 2-1". IIHF. May 20, 2010. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- "Roster forming - 2014 WM - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". iihfworlds2014.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014.