|Born||June 28, 1972|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)|
|Played for|| SM-l |
|NHL Draft|| 103rd overall, 2001 |
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 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, 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|1988–89||HPK||FIN II Jr||10||6||2||8||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||HPK||FIN II Jr||17||1||16||17||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||HPK||FIN II Jr||28||17||34||51||42||14||7||13||20||20|
|2004–05||GCK Lions||SUI II||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Leksands IF||SWE II||17||6||6||12||8||—||—||—||—||—|
| Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy |
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