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Joni Pitkanen

Joni Pitkanen  #25

Defenseman
NUMBER: 25 BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1983
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.

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I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team.  A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.

— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres