Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Named OHL Goaltender of the Year
(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves, in conjunction with the Ontario Hockey League, are pleased to announce that Finnish goaltender, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been voted the OHL Goaltender of the Year.
"We are extremely proud and happy for Ukko on winning this award," noted Sudbury Wolves VP Hockey Operations & General Manager Rob Papineau. "We knew when we drafted Ukko that we were drafting a great goaltender. It quickly became very obvious that he was also an outstanding teammate and individual who is an amazing leader. His character is as great as his ability to stop pucks. The impact he has had on our players and our organization on what it takes to be the best and to be a pro will remain with our team for years into the future. His dedication, his focus and his preparation both on and off the ice are second to none. His support of the community of Greater Sudbury and the significant Greater Sudbury Finnish population as well as the time he made available for young fans was remarkable. We thank Ukko for his time in Sudbury and we wish him tremendous continued success with the Buffalo Sabres and throughout his entire career."
"I am very honoured to be named OHL Goalie of the year," said Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. "I want to thank my teammates and all of the Wolves fans who stood behind us the whole year. I also would like to thank our owner Dario Zulich and our General Manager Rob Papineau for taking a chance with me, and drafting me in the import draft as well as for creating an amazing environment for all our players to play in. To Coach Cory Stillman, Goalie Coach Alain Valiquette, Athletic Therapist Dan Buckland and the rest of the Sudbury Wolves organization, I want to say thank you for pushing me and believing in me. I am very thankful for my billets Tammy and John Valtonen this season who gave me a second home," he added.
Luukkonen is the first member of the Wolves to win this award. He tied the league lead with 38 wins and 6 shutouts, while also posting the OHL's third best GAA with 2.50 and the best save percentage with .920. His strong play helped lead the Wolves to their most successful season since 1994-95.
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