Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Antti Laaksonen
Antti Laaksonen began his journey to the NHL when he was playing in Finland for Forssa of the Finland Jr. league in 1990-91. During that same year, he also played for the FoPS Forssa. The following season, he played for the FoPS Finland Jr. and recorded 19 goals and 23 assist in 24 games. During the 1992-93 season, Laaksonen played in the Finland Jr. league for nine games before being traded to the HPK Hameenlinna. He played in only a single game with the team before being called up to FoPS. During that same season, Laaksonen played for Finland's National team recording no points in two games.

Laaksonen enrolled at the University of Denver in the fall of 1993 and was a member of the team's varsity team. During the four seasons he played (1993-97), he recorded 75 goals and 72 assists in 144 games. In 1997-98, Laaksonen played for the AHL's Providence Bruins for 38 games recording three goals and two assists and with the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers for 15 games.

Drafted by the Boston Bruins, 191st overall in 1997, the following season Laaksonen played in 11 games for the team. He would also return to the Providence Bruins for the remainder of the season, playing 66 games. In 1999-00, Laaksonen would do the same, this time playing 27 games with Boston and 40 games with Providence. During his two seasons with the Boston Bruins, he scored seven goals and had five assists.

After spending three seasons in the Boston organization, Laaksonen signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2000 and went on to play four seasons with the club as one of the team's offensive leaders, before being acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2004.

On the international stage, Laaksonen has represented Finland at the World Junior Championships (1993) the World Championships (2001, 2004), and the Winter Olympics (2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 FoPS Forssa Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 0 0 0 0
1990-91 FoPS Forssa Jr. Fin-Jr. 26 19 15 34 20
1990-91 FoPS Forssa Finland-2 2 0 0 0 0
1991-92 FoPS Forssa Jr. Fin-Jr. 24 19 23 42 22
1991-92 FoPS Forssa Finland-2 41 16 15 31 8
1992-93 FoPS Forssa Jr. Fin-Jr. 12 7 7 14 14
1992-93 FoPS Forssa Finland-2 34 11 19 30 36
1992-93 HPK Hameenlinna Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 1 1 2 0
1992-93 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Finland WJC-A 7 2 0 2 2
1993-94 University of Denver WCHA 36 12 9 21 38
1994-95 University of Denver WCHA 40 17 18 35 42
1995-96 University of Denver WCHA 39 25 28 53 71
1996-97 University of Denver WCHA 39 21 17 38 63
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 38 3 2 5 14
1997-98 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 15 4 3 7 12 6 0 3 3 0
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 11 1 2 3 2 -1
1998-99 Providence Bruins AHL 66 25 33 58 52 +40 19 7 2 9 28
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 27 6 3 9 2 +3
1999-00 Providence Bruins AHL 40 10 12 22 57 -3 14 5 4 9 4
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 12 16 28 24 -7
2000-01 Finland WC-A 9 2 4 6 8 +2
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 16 17 33 22 -5
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 15 16 31 26 +4 16 1 3 4 4
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 12 14 26 20 0
2003-04 Finland WC-A 7 1 2 3 2 +2
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
2004-05
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 16 18 34 40 -2 9 0 2 2 2
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 0 0 0 6 0
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 3 1 4 16 -3
2006-07 Albany River Rats AHL 24 9 7 16 4 -2 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 46 12 13 25 44 6 1 0 1 14
2008-09 Lukko Rauma Finland 51 17 23 40 66
2009-10 Lukko Rauma Finland 47 9 14 23 46 4 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 483 81 87 168 152 25 1 5 6 6


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1996) Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 14, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Fribourg (Swiss), June 18, 2007.
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