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Luukkonen undergoes successful hip surgery

Goaltender made professional debut for Amerks on April 14

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey /

Rochester Americans general manager Randy Sexton announced today that goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has undergone successful hip surgery. 

"Ukko-Pekka underwent hip surgery in New York and is expected to make a full recovery within the next six months. We were very pleased with his professional debut in Belleville and look forward to a strong offseason of training as he begins the rehabilitation process," Sexton said. 

A 20-year-old native of Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen made his professional debut in Rochester's regular-season finale at Belleville on April 14, making 32 saves to earn his first pro win.

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He completed his first season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2018-19, posting a 38-11-2-2 record in 53 appearances, leading the league in in both wins (38) and shutouts (6). He also finished second and third among all OHL netminders with a .920 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average, respectively, while his 38 wins set a franchise record for the Wolves, who advanced to the postseason for the second time in three years following a second-place finish in the OHL's Central Division. 

The 6-foot-5, 212-pound netminder also compiled a 4-3 record with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in eight playoff games for Sudbury. 

He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second-round (54th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.

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