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Player Profile: Anssi Salmela

Anssi SalmelaNUMBER: 29
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
WEIGHT: 200
POSITION: Defense
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: August 13, 1984
BIRTHPLACE: Nokia, Finland

Before Anssi Salmela made it to the NHL, his career started in 2003 playing in Finland. He jumped from team to team and picked up a couple of medals along the way. Anssi received a Bronze World Junior Championship medal in 2004 and a Bronze in the World Championship in 2008. We’re proud to say that Anssi played on Team Finland in this year’s IIHF World Championship and took home Gold!

The Devils signed Anssi in 2008 to a one year contract but didn’t spend too much time with us. He was traded to the Thrashers in 2009 and got him back in February of 2010 in the Kovy trade. He was re-acquired on February 5th, on February 8th he scored against the Flyers.

His first goal of the 2010-2011 season happened to be the game winning goal in overtime to get the Devils a 3-2 win over the Islanders in March. While he isn’t a top scorer, I’d say he’s pretty clutch in going against our rivals and that’s enough for me.

He’s just getting started as a Devil and I see a great career ahead. I’m an Anssi fan, are you?

2010-2011 Season Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
48 1 6 7 -11 14 0 0 1 57 1.8

What do you think about Salmela and his career as a Devil? Let us know by leaving a comment!

This week in IIHF World Championship

Patrick Elias, Czech Republic IIHF Championship

Patrick Elias, Czech Republic

The IIHF World Championship continued this week and even though Team USA is out, we’ve still got a few guys to root for.

This week opened up on Wednesday with the Czech Republic’s shut out win over the United States sending Mark Fayne and Nick Palmieri home.

Mattias Tedenby helped Sweden knock down Czech Republic, and Patrick Elias’ two goals, with an assist during their 5-2 win on Friday. Sweden will now face Finland with Anssi Salmela for the Gold medal on Sunday in Bratislava.

Including Elias’ two goals on Friday, he has put up four goals and five assists overall, leading the team with nine points in eight games.

Salmela and Finland shut out Russia 3-0, leaving Ilya Kovalchuk battling Elias and the Czech Republic for Bronze. Kovy scored the game winning goal in Russia’s victory over Canada (sorry Zajac!), it was his first goal of the tournament. He has earned six points in eight games with one goal and five assists.

The final games will both be played on Sunday, May 15th. The battle for Bronze will be at 10AM ET and Gold at 2:30PM ET.

Here’s this weeks breakdown.

Wednesday, May 11 
Czech Republic 4, USA 0 –  Elias, 2 SOG
Sweden 5, Germany 2

Thursday, May 12 
Finland 4, Norway 1 – Salmela, 4 SOG
Russia 2, Canada 1 – Kovalchuk, GWG

Friday, May 13
Sweden 5, Czech Republic 2 – Elias, 2g; Tedenby, 1a
Finland 3, Russia 0

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