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Lasse Kukkonen
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Born September 18, 1981 (1981-09-18) (age 35)
Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SEL team
Former teams
Rögle BK
Kärpät (SM-l)
Chicago Blackhawks(NHL)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Avangard Omsk
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 151st overall, 2003
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2004–present

Lasse Kukkonen (born on September 18, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for Rögle BK of the Swedish Elite League (SEL).

Lasse previously played four seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing CareerEdit

Lasse was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as their fifth-round pick, 151st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played ten NHL games in the 2003–04 NHL season after which he returned to his hometown Kärpät in the SM-liiga. Kukkonen won the SM-liiga gold medal with Kärpät in 2005.

In the 2006-07 season, Lasse returned to the Chicago Blackhawks and played in 54 games before he was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers along with a 3rd round draft pick in a three-way deal with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on February 26, 2007.

With the Flyers, Lasse was put on a defensive pairing with Joni Pitkanen (who is also a native of Oulu). The two were also a pairing for 4 years in Finland.

On May 17, 2007, Lasse signed a two-year contract with the Flyers. On June 24, 2009, he signed a two-year deal with Russian team, Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Kärpät SM-l 47 1 5 6 46 9 0 2 2 4
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 55 2 6 8 42 4 0 3 3 4
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 56 6 12 18 67 15 1 4 5 16
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 59 3 11 14 58 8 0 0 0 8
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 55 5 13 18 68 12 0 2 2 6
2005–06 Kärpät SM-l 56 11 16 27 38 11 5 7 12 8
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 5 9 14 30
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 1 4 5 38 14 0 2 2 6
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 0 2 2 10
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 26 0 11 11 20 4 2 0 2 6
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL 53 6 6 12 34 3 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 37 4 8 12 16 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 51 4 4 8 22 10 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 159 6 16 22 90 14 0 2 2 6
KHL totals 141 14 18 32 72 18 0 2 2 4

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Finland WJ18 7 1 0 1 0
2001 Finland WJC 7 0 0 0 2
2005 Finland WC 7 0 0 0 2
2006 Finland Oly 2 0 0 0 0
2006 Finland WC 9 2 0 2 8
2007 Finland WC 9 0 1 1 4
2009 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 4
2010 Finland Oly 6 0 1 1 4
2010 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 2
Junior int'l totals 14 1 0 1 2
Senior int'l totals 45 2 2 4 24

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • 2005–06: Pekka Rautakallio trophy

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data FIN
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Gold 2011 Slovakia
Silver 2007 Russia
Bronze 2006 Latvia
World Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Russia

Lasse was named to the Finnish Olympic team at the 2006 Winter Olympics after defenceman Sami Salo was injured and played in both the semifinal match versus Russia and the gold medal match versus Sweden.

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