Petri Kontiola

Petri Kontiola

Finnish hockey player, forward
Date of Birth: 04.10.0194
Country: Finland

  1. Biography of Petri Kontiola
  2. Early Career
  3. Success in Europe
  4. International Career

Biography of Petri Kontiola

Petri Kontiola is a Finnish ice hockey player who currently plays as a center forward for the Yaroslavl "Lokomotiv" team. He started his professional career in 2003 with his hometown club, "Tappara", in the SM-Liiga league. Prior to that, he played several seasons for the team's farm club in Tampere. In the following year, he was drafted by the "Chicago Blackhawks" in the 7th round, 196th overall pick, in the NHL draft.

Early Career

In 2007, Kontiola went to North America and played in the AHL for the "Rockford IceHogs". On November 25, he made his NHL debut against the "Vancouver Canucks". On March 4, 2009, he was traded to the "Anaheim Ducks". However, Kontiola was unable to return to the NHL and spent the rest of the season in the AHL with the "Iowa Chops". On May 26, he returned to Europe, signing a two-year contract with the Magnitogorsk "Metallurg" team.

Success in Europe

During his two seasons with "Metallurg", Kontiola became one of the team's leaders, scoring 82 points (25+57) in 134 games. Despite his success, on May 4, 2011, he signed a two-year agreement with the Chelyabinsk "Traktor" team, becoming their top scorer for the 2010/11 season.

International Career

Kontiola represented Finland in the 2004 World Junior Championship, where he won a bronze medal with the team. He scored 2 points (1+1) in 7 games. He made his debut for the senior national team at the 2007 World Championship, held in Russia. The tournament was successful for both the team, who finished in second place after defeating the host team in the semifinals but losing to Canada 2-4 in the final, and for Kontiola personally. He was one of the top scorers for his team, scoring 7 points (2+5) in 9 games.

Three years later, Kontiola returned to the national team for the 2010 World Championship held in Germany. He scored 3 points (3+0) in 7 games. He also played in the Euro Hockey Tour, representing the national team in 36 games and scoring 19 points (6+13).