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Antti Laaksonen
Antti Laaksonen
Left Wing
(AN-tee LAK-suh-nuhn)
Number: 24
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 3, 1973
Birthplace: Tammela, Finland
Acquired: Signed by Colorado on July 2, 2004.
Drafted: BOS / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (191st overall)
CAREER
2005-06: Established career highs in assists (18) and points (34) and tied his career high with 16 goals in his first season with the Avalanche…He set all three marks with the Minnesota Wild in 2001-02 (16-17-33)…Tied for the team lead with two short-handed goals…Ranked fifth in the NHL with 80 takeaways… Registered the fastest goal to begin a game in franchise history when he scored eight seconds into the first period on Feb. 10 at Columbus…Broke the previous mark of 0:09 set by Randy Moller in 1988 and equaled by Joe Sakic in 2001…Potted a season-high two goals on Nov. 3 vs. Anaheim, including a short-handed game winner with 4:42 left in regulation…Recorded eight points in November (3g/5a), his most in a single month since March of 2002 (9)…Scored the winning goal in the Avalanche's first-ever shootout victory on Dec. 9 at New Jersey…Played in his 400th career game on Dec. 30 at San Jose…Posted a career-best four-game point streak, Jan. 11-19. PLAYOFFS: Made his second appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, collecting two assists in nine games. 2003-04: Franchise record 288 consecutive games played streak came to an end on Dec. 30 at Edmonton…Played in 323 of a possible 328 games during his stint in Minnesota…Had a season-high three points on Nov. 4 at Colorado…Registered a short-handed penalty shot goal on Feb. 19 vs. Vancouver…Has scored on two of four career penalty shot attempts. 2002-03: Only Wild player to appear in all 246 games during the franchise’s first three seasons…Registered 100th NHL point on March 12 vs. Dallas. PLAYOFFS: Tallied four points (1g/3a) in 16 playoff games…Picked up his first career playoff point with an assist in Game Six (WCQF) vs. Colorado…Had a goal and one assist in Game Six (WCSF) vs. Vancouver. 2001-02: Recorded then career-bests in goals (16), assists (17), and points (33)…Had a career-high three assists on March 8 at Dallas…Scored on a penalty shot against Brent Johnson at St. Louis on March 26. 2000-01: Was one of only two Minnesota players to appear in all 82 games during the Wild’s inaugural season…Registered the Wild’s first ever hat trick and posted a career-high four points (3g/1a) on Nov. 26 vs. Vancouver…Scored the franchise’s first overtime goal on Nov. 5 at Calgary…Credited with the first shot-on-goal in Wild history on Oct. 6 at Anaheim. 1999-00: Split the season between Boston and Providence Bruins (AHL). 1998-99: Made his NHL debut on Oct. 10 vs. St. Louis and went on to skate in 11 games with the Bruins…Potted first career goal on Oct. 16 vs. Los Angeles…Member of the Calder Cup champion Providence Bruins…Led the AHL in plus/minus (+40).
 
INTERNATIONAL Has represented Finland in five international competitions… Made his Olympic debut at the 2006 Winter Games, helping Finland capture the silver medal…Skated in all eight contests during the tournament…Silver medalist with Finland at the 2001 World Championships.
 
COLLEGE
Played four seasons at the University of Denver…Recorded 75 goals, 72 assists and 214 penalty minutes in 154 games…Led the Pioneers in scoring with 53 points as a junior in 1995-96…Ranked second on the team in scoring during his senior season in 1996-97.
 
PERSONAL
Antti and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter, Annika (8) and son, Thomas (1)… Nickname is Laakso…Is actively involved in helping St. Jude Children's Research Hospital…Enjoys country music and his favorite artist is George Strait…Lists fellow Finnish countrymen and former NHL stars Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen as two people who inspired his hockey career…Hobbies away from the rink include fly fishing…Lists Matt Damon as the actor who would play him in his life story.
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