• He averaged nearly a point-per-game in his first season in Finland's top league, leading all rookies with 40 points (13-27--40) in 43 games playing for HIFK -- a program that has produced several NHL stars: Olli Jokinen, Sami Kapanen, Kimmo Timonen as well as the Tuomo and Jarkko Ruutu.
• He represented his country at the 2010 World Junior Championships where he led his team in points (7) and assists (6) with Finland finishing fifth overall.
• At the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, Granlund helped Finland to a bronze medal, leading the tournament in assists (9) and finishing third in points (13) in six games. He had four points (1-3--4) in the 5-1 bronze medal win over Russia and was named one of Finland’s best three players. He also won bronze at the 2009 World Under-18 Championships.
• His younger brother, Markus, plays for HIFK’s junior team and joined Mikael at the 2010 Under-18 tournament totaling six points (1-5--6). They weren’t linemates, but Markus did assist on Mikael’s game-winning goal in the bronze medal game.
• Granlund first put on skates at the age of two and by the time he was five years old his father was taking him to hockey practices. He credits his parents for having the most influence on his career for their support and dedication to his hockey.
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It was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.
— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle on the video tribute and ovation he received in his first game back in Anaheim, a 3-1 win for the Maple Leafs