Friday, April 30, 2010GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
Phoenix Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski
will represent Finland at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany, May 7-23.
Korpikoski, 23, appeared in 71 games for the Coyotes this season, recording 5-6-11 and 16 penalty minutes (PIM). He also appeared in all seven postseason games for the Coyotes and scored a shorthanded goal.
In 2008-09, Korpikoski appeared in 68 games with the New York Rangers as a rookie, recording 6-8-14 and 14 penalty minutes (PIM). He also collected two assists while appearing in all seven of the Rangers’ playoff games last season. In 139 career NHL games with the Coyotes and Rangers, Korpikoski has recorded 11-14-25 and 30 PIM. He has also collected 2-2-4 in 15 career playoff games.
A native of Turku, Finland, Korpikoski represented Finland at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championship tournaments. He helped lead Finland to the bronze medal in 2006 while ranking T-5th in assists (5) among all players in the tournament. He also skated in six games for Finland at the 2004 Under-18 World Junior Championship, notching 5-6-11 and a +7 rating to tie for the tournament scoring lead.
Korpikoski was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round (19th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired by the Coyotes from the Rangers in exchange for Enver Lisin on July 13, 2009. Prior to his North American career, Korpikoski played two seasons of professional hockey in Finland.