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Devils sign F Ilkka Pikkarainen

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils
Pikkarainen – The Devils announced Thursday that they have signed forward Ilkka Pikkarainen.

"Ilkka Pikkarainen is a forward who brings size, strength and toughness to our roster," said Devils' President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. "We welcome him back to our hockey club."

Pikkarainen, 28, re-joins the organization after returning to HIFK Helsinki (Fin.) for the past three seasons. In 2008-09, he recorded 24 goals and 13 assists for 37 points, and 149 penalty minutes in 54 games. He led the team in goals and penalty minutes, while tying for third in points.

The 6-2, 220-lb. Finn spent three seasons – from 2003-04 to 2005-06 – with the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany, compiling 29 goals and 33 assists for 62 points and 305 penalty minutes in 196 contests.

He was New Jersey's ninth choice, 218th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.
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