Tony Virta

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Tony Virta
Born (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 47)
Hämeenlinna, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for SM-l
HPK
TPS
Jokerit
DEL
Frankfurt Lions
NHL
Minnesota Wild
SEL
Södertälje SK
NLA
ZSC Lions
National teamFlag of Finland.svg  Finland
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 2001
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 19912015

Tony 'QB' Virta (born June 18, 1972 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild as their fourth-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Hämeenlinna City in Tavastia Proper, Finland

Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about 68,000 inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city of Finland and was one of the most important Finnish cities until the 19th century. It still remains an important regional center.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

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On December 5, 2005, Virta received a serious knee injury from a failed hip check against him in a game against Ilves, but recovered to play in the last games of the season.

Ilves ice hockey club in Tampere, Finland

Ilves is a Finnish ice hockey team. They play in the Liiga at the Hakametsä.

In the summer of 2001 Virta signed with Färjestads BK, but before the season had started he signed with the NHL club Minnesota Wild, who had drafted the same summer, and therefore never played a game for Färjestad.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

Minnesota Wild American professional ice hockey team

The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wild were the only Minneapolis–Saint Paul area major professional sports league franchise to play in Saint Paul until Minnesota United FC moved to their new home, Allianz Field, in 2019. The other three teams play in Minneapolis.

Awards

The Lasse Oksanen trophy is an ice hockey trophy awarded by the Finnish Liiga to the best player of the season during regular season play.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1988–89 HPK FIN II Jr106280
1989–90HPKFIN II Jr171161740
1990–91HPKFIN II Jr2817345142147132020
1991–92HPKFIN Jr35243155114
1991–92 HPK SM-l 231230
1992–93 HPKSM-l48981735121010
1993–94 HPKSM-l4717163350
1994–95 HPKSM-l439243375
1995–96 HPKSM-l4815193412913431
1996–97 Frankfurt Lions DEL 4813132640812356
1997–98 TPS SM-l481715322630000
1998–99 TPSSM-l54162743321066128
1999–2000 TPSSM-l5314375157112796
2000–01 TPSSM-l5627325924102576
2001–02 Houston Aeros AHL 672533582914191010
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL82350
2002–03 Houston AerosAHL396121814
2002–03 Södertälje SK SEL 521331
2003–04 HPKSM-l551820388180336
2004–05 GCK Lions SUI II 10000
2004–05 ZSC Lions NLA 401014241214761314
2005–06 Jokerit SM-l367121948
2006–07 JokeritSM-l26510151810010104
2007–08 JokeritSM-l56102333671416710
2008–09 HPKSM-l50815236561236
2009–10 HPKSM-l344141828
2009–10 Leksands IF SWE II 1766128
2011–12PaKa FIN IV 12462
2014–15HauSiFIN V3210120
SM-l totals6771772744516189314425677

International

YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1992 Finland WJC 701110
2000 Finland WC 91120
2001 FinlandWC92682
2003 FinlandWC20000
2004 FinlandWC70110
Junior totals701110
Senior totals2738112
Preceded by
Timo Pärssinen
Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy
2000–01
Succeeded by
Janne Ojanen

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