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Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 196 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)
2015-16 - Led all Bolts forwards for TOI (21:04) Nov. 27 at WSH - Had a season-high 15 faceoff wins and converted the game-winning shootout shot Nov. 25 vs. LAK - Tallied the game-winning goal and had an assist Nov. 19 vs. NYR - Has won 57.6% of his faceoffs - Recorded an assist and had 13 faceoff wins Oct. 20 at NSH - Scored his first goal Oct. 12 at BOS to start season on a three-game point streak - Recorded an assist in each of the first two games 2014-15 - One of four Lightning players to skate in all 108 games (regular season and postseason) - Led the Bolts for power-play assists (15), face-off percentage (52.4) and face-offs taken (1,185) - Skated in his 600th career NHL game on January 6 at Montreal 2013-14 - Ranked 2nd on the Bolts for points (58) and power-play goals (6) - Set a career high with 25 goals Career - Won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 - Skated for Finland at the World Championships (2012), 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and World Junior Championships (2003)
Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
Quote of the Day

It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.

— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings
World Cup of Hockey 2016