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Sami Lepisto

Sami Lepisto  #20

Defenseman
NUMBER: 20 BIRTHDATE: October 17, 1984
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Espoo, Finland
WEIGHT: 193 DRAFTED: WSH / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (66th overall)

2011-12: Netted a goal and added two assists in 26 regular-season games … Posted a career-low four penalty minutes … Finished with a +3 plus/minus rating … Registered a +6 rating over his first seven tilts with the Blackhawks … Tallied an assist on Feb. 29 vs. TOR … Lit the lamp for his first goal with the Blackhawks on Feb. 18 at CBJ … Collected an assist for his first point in a Blackhawks sweater at SJS on Feb. 10 … Registered a season-best +2 rating  at VAN on Nov. 16 … Logged a season-high 16:40 of ice time on Nov. 6 against VAN … Posted season highs in hits (4) and shots (3) on Nov. 4 vs. TBL … Played in his 150th career NHL contest on Oct. 29 against CBJ … Missed 13 games (March 9-April 5) due to injury.

Traded to Phoenix by Washington for Phoenix's 5th round choice (Caleb Herbert) in 2010 Entry Draft, June 27, 2009. Traded to Columbus by Phoenix with Scottie Upshall for Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 15, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to leg injury and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), June 4, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Lev Praha (KHL), January 13, 2013.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1