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Joni Pitkanen

Joni Pitkanen  #25

Defenseman
NUMBER: 25 BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1983
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Oulu, Finland
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: PHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)

* Suffered a broken left calcaneus (heel) bone vs. WSH (4/2/13) and is currently on the long-term injured reserve list

* Ranks third among team defensemen in assists (116) and points (140) and fourth in goals (24) since the Hurricanes' relocation in 1997

* OFF THE RADAR: Joni and his wife, Sini, welcomed their second child, a daughter named Elle, on 10/11/12

* Career Highs: G: 2  A: 3  P: 3  PIM: 12

* HURRICANES CAREER TOTALS: 265 gp, 24-116-140, 218 pim

NHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia with Geoff Sanderson and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Cameron Abney) in 2009 Entry Draft for Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith, July 1, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Edmonton for Erik Cole, July 1, 2008. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to head injury at Calgary, December 6, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 and all of 2013-14 due to lower-body and heel injuries.
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I just wanted to do something to take my mind off the shot and let me relax a little bit. It seemed like the fans liked it. I'm glad I was able to score.

— Oilers forward Taylor Hall on lifting his arms to fire up the crowd before his penalty shot
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