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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

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense