Wednesday, June 22, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Hannu Toivonen

                    Position: Goalie                    Catches: Left
                    Height: 6'2"                         Birthday: May 18, 1984
                    Weight: 205                        Hometown: Hattula, Finland

2010-11 Stats
GP   W   L   SOL   SO   GA   GAA   SVS   SV%   A   PIM
49   21  16    4       3    119   2.90  1159   .907    1    10

2010-11 was a tale of two seasons for Hannu Toivonen. The first half was kind of rocky for the first round (29th overall) pick of the Boston Bruins in 2002. He had some good performances, including a shutout on November 18th against the Manitoba Moose, but he let in many goals he'd probably like to have had back. For awhile, Alec Richards was turning into the go-to-guy.
Toivonen started redeeming himself towards the last couple of months of the season. He was solid in net and was able to make the saves it seemed like he wasn't able to before. He posted two shutouts after the first of January. He also ended up being the IceHog with the most number one star selections with 11. The Blackhawks called him up on April 11th to be a part of the Black Aces for the playoffs.

Toivonen's contract is up this summer. Currently, there are no goalies under contract for the Hogs. They could choose to bring him back, or they could let him walk in favor of either another veteran netminder or they could possibly go with a younger one. 

Toivonen in net on October 23rd against the Chicago Wolves.

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