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Vesa Toskala

Vesa Toskala  #35

Goalie
NUMBER: 35 BIRTHDATE: May 20, 1977
HEIGHT: 5' 10" BIRTHPLACE: Tampere, Finland
WEIGHT: 198 DRAFTED: SJS / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 4th   (90th overall)
2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS:
With Toronto this season, posted a 7-12-2 record with one shutout, a 3.66 GAA and .874 SV% in 26 appearancesmissed five games (Oct. 13-28) due to knee injury stopped 31-of-32 shots for his first win of the season, Nov. 21 vs. WSH … missed four games (Nov. 25-Dec. 1) due to a groin injury … registered four consecutive wins at HOME, Dec. 7-14, stopping 108-of-117 shots for a .923 SV% and 2.25 GAA …posted his first shutout of the season (13th career) making 38 saves on Jan. 14 vs. PHI … Last game: Stopped 31-of-35 shots in a 4-1 loss, Jan. 30 w/TOR vs. VAN … won his first game as a Flame stopping 27 shots in MIN on Mar.7 ... came in for the final two periods and stopped all eight shots he faced on Mar.14 ... won his second consecutive start on Mar.17 making 32 saves
Signed as a free agent by Ilves Tampere (Finland), January 31, 2005. Traded to Toronto by San Jose with Mark Bell for Toronto's 1st (later traded to St. Louis St. Louis selected Lars Eller) and 2nd (later traded to St. Louis St. Louis selected Aaron Palushaj) round choices in 2007 Entry Draft and Toronto's 4th round choice (later traded to Nashville Nashville selected Craig Smith) in 2009 Entry Draft, June 22, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Toronto with Jason Blake for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, January 31, 2010. Traded to Calgary by Anaheim for Curtis McElhinney, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Solna (Sweden), November 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Ilves Tampere (Finland), June 9, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, October 2, 2012.
Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres