Ville Leino

Ville Leino

Ville Leino

Ville began playing professional hockey during the 2000-2001 season at the age of 17 with his hometown team, SaPKo.  A skilled player with high-end potential, Ville signed with Ilves in Finland’s SM-liiga just two seasons later.

In the 2005-2006 season, Ville joined HPK where he led the team in scoring and helped win HPK’s first SM-liiga championship.  In 2007-2008 Ville was awarded the Lasse Oksanen Trophy as the SM-liiga’s best player of the regular season while playing for Jokerit.

On May 10, 2008, Ville signed his first NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He played 55 games with the Wings before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in February, 2010.  After just 13 regular season games with the Flyers during the second half of the 2009-2010 season, Ville began the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs as a healthy scratch.  The Flyers suffered several injuries that would force Ville into action.  Ville scored seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 19 games, tying the rookie record for most points in the Stanley Cup playoffs held by Dino Ciccarelli.  The Flyers would reach the Stanley Cup Finals that year. However, they would fall in 6 games to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ville played one more season with Philadelphia before signing with the Buffalo Sabres in July, 2011.

In 2014 Ville returned to Europe and played three more seasons of professional hockey throughout the KHL, NLA, and SHL before retiring from the game.

 

February 19, 2013