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Sami Aittokallio
Sami Aittokallio
Number: 74
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185
Catches: Left
Born: Aug 6, 1992
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Drafted: COL / 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (107th overall) PROSPECT BIO
2014-15: Appeared in 16 games for the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), posting a 7-5-1 record with a 3.19 goals-against average and .900 save percentage…Also played in four games with the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL) in November, going 3-1-0 with a 4.90 GAA and .823 Sv%…Made his only NHL call-up during the season on Oct. 17 from Lake Erie, but did not appear in any games…Reassigned to Lake Erie on Oct. 22…Made his season debut for the Monsters on Oct. 24 vs. Grand Rapids, making 25 saves in a 5-4 victory…Reassigned to Fort Wayne on Oct. 27…Won his first two games in the ECHL, making 27 saves on Nov. 1 vs. Kalamazoo and 15 stops on Nov. 8 at Reading…Recalled to Lake Erie on Nov. 17 and spent the remainder of the season in the AHL…Suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 13…Returned to the ice in a relief role at Utica on Dec. 27…Made his first start in more than two months on Feb. 15 at Milwaukee, stopping 24 shots in a 5-2 loss…Started the home finale on April 17 vs. Hamilton and made 19 saves on 21 shots before leaving in the third period due to cramping.

2013-14: Recorded a team-best 2.65 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and four shutouts during his second season with Lake Erie, while also participating in one game with Colorado…Was recalled from Lake Erie on Jan. 24 and started his second career NHL game on Jan. 25 at Tampa Bay…Made 15 saves on 18 shots against the Lightning in a 5-2 loss…Was reassigned to Lake Erie on Jan. 27…Was previously recalled to the Avalanche on Jan. 13 before being reassigned Jan. 16…Posted a 15-15-3 record while appearing in 36 games with the Monsters…Posted back-to-back shutouts, March 21-23 vs. Rochester, which helped him earn AHL Player of the Week honors (March 24)…Missed nine games due to injury…Stopped 2-of-3 penalty shots against during the year.

2012-13: Spent his first season in North America with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) but also appeared in one game with Colorado…Recalled by the Avalanche on April 9, Aittokallio made his NHL debut as the starter on April 11 at Los Angeles…Did not factor into the decision as he stopped 23-of-25 shots before leaving in the third period with leg cramps…The 20-year-old became the second-youngest goalie to ever make his NHL debut for the Avalanche (Marc Denis, 19, Dec. 7, 1996 at Los Angeles)…Was only the third Avalanche goaltender to appear in a game before his 21st birthday, joining Denis in 1996 and Jocelyn Thibault in 1995…Also became the first Finnish-born goaltender to ever play for either the Avalanche or Nordiques…Appeared in 27 games for Lake Erie, posting a 14-12-1 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and one shutout…Earned the victory in his AHL debut on Opening Night, Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma City…Registered his first AHL shutout by stopping all 33 shots on March 27 at Milwaukee.

2011-12: Backstopped Finland to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta…Posted a 3-2-0 record with a 2.52 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout in five games at the tournament…His .937 Sv% finished third among all netminders…Appeared in 11 games for Ilves in Finland’s top professional ice hockey league (SM-liiga)…Had a 1-6-3 record with a 2.82 goals-against average and .910 save percentage…Signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche on May 11, 2012.

2010-11: Appeared in 16 games for Ilves in Finland’s top professional ice hockey league (SM-liiga)…Posted a 5-8-0 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .909 save percentage…Also appeared in six games for Ilves Jr.…Represented his country at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo…Appeared in one game during the tournament, stopping all seven shots he faced in 20 minutes of action.

2009-10: Played in 23 games for Ilves Jr. (Finland), posting a 3.20 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

2008-09: Appeared in 13 contests for Ilves Jr., recording a 2.71 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

Other: Was the No. 1 rated European goaltender in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2010 Entry Draft…Was the first Finnish-born player drafted by Colorado since 2002 (defenseman Mikko Kalteva) and the first-ever Finnish-born goaltender selected by the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise…Was the first European netminder selected by Colorado since Peter Budaj in 2001.

Personal: Last name is pronounced ay-toh-KAHL-ee-oh.
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