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Joni Pitkanen  #25

Carolina Hurricanes  Defenseman
NUMBER: 25 BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1983  (AGE 30)
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 due to lower-body and heel injuries.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game