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Joni Pitkanen  #25

Carolina Hurricanes  Defenseman
NUMBER: 25 BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1983  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Oulu, Finland
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: PHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)
Pitkanen missed the 2006 Olympics due to injury and is scheduled to make his Olympic debut in Vancouver. The Oulu, Finland native has international experience, helping his nation win back-to-back bronze medals at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships. He received the IIHF Directorate Award as the tournament’s top defenseman in 2003.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory