|Born||November 16, 1983
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 2002
Career[change | change source]
Before playing in the NHL, Lehtonen played 72 games in the SM-liiga with Jokerit. During his time there, he was able to win the Urpo Ylönen trophy, which is given to the best goalie of the season, as well as the Jari Kurri trophy, the league's playoff MVP award.
He was drafted with the 2nd overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. This made him the highest drafted European goaltender and highest Finnish player ever in NHL history. Lehtonen played 4 seasons with the Thrashers before he was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 4th round draft pick (Ivan Telegin) on February 9, 2010.
References[change | change source]
- "Across the pond, into the pool". Impact! NHL.com's Online Magazine. http://www.nhl.com/intheslot/read/impact/february/euro_goalies.html. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
- "Stars give Kari Lehtonen new deal". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/dallas/nhl/story/_/id/8377592/dallas-stars-give-goalie-kari-lehtonen-5-year-295m-deal. Retrieved 2014-03-21.