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Ville Leino (born 6 October 1983) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. He has played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres.

Ville Leino
Leino with Dinamo Riga in 2015
Born (1983-10-06)6 October 1983 (age 38)
Savonlinna, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Ilves
HPK
Jokerit
Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
Kloten Flyers
Dinamo Riga
Växjö Lakers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–2017

Contents

Finland

At age 17, Leino started playing for his hometown hockey team SaPKo in the Suomi-sarja. He was then recruited to the SM-liiga by Ilves, and later moved on to HPK, where he led the team in scoring in the 2005–06 season when HPK won their first SM-liiga championship.

In 2007, Leino was signed by Jokerit, where he was switched from centre to wing. In his first season with the team, he broke the club record for most points in the regular season when he surpassed Timo Sutinen's record of 73. He went on to finish second in scoring, and won the Lasse Oksanen trophy for the best player during the regular season in the SM-liiga.

North America

On 10 May 2008, Leino signed a one-year contract with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. Due to the Red Wings' salary cap issues, however, Leino was assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Then-Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock commented that Leino was the "best player" he had ever sent to the minors. Ville was eventually recalled from the Griffins on 29 January 2009.

In the first period of his NHL debut on 31 January 2009, Leino scored a goal against goaltender José Théodore in a 4–2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Leino signed a one-way, two-year extension with the Red Wings on 6 July 2009.

On 6 February 2010, Leino was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Norwegian defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth-round draft pick in 2011. Leino had two goals and two assists in 14 games with the Flyers during the regular season. He then began the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs out of the lineup as a healthy scratch, but injuries to Simon Gagné and Jeff Carter forced Leino into action. Forming the most offensively-productive line in the playoffs alongside Daniel Brière and Scott Hartnell, Leino scored seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 19 games, tying the rookie record for most points in the Stanley Cup playoffs held by Dino Ciccarelli.

On 12 March 2011, during the 2010–11 regular season, Leino recorded his first career hat-trick against the Atlanta Thrashers. On 24 April, during the first round of the 2011 playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres, Leino scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 of the series to bring Philadelphia even with Buffalo, three games apiece. He finished the playoffs with three goals and two assists as the Flyers were ultimately swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Leino became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011 season, whereupon he signed a six-year, $27 million contract with Buffalo on 1 July 2011. His performance during the 2011–12 season, however, was much maligned, as he scored just eight goals with 17 assists during 71 games, failing to live up to the expectations of his recently signed contract. Continuing sub-par play in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons (he failed to score a single goal in the latter) prompted incoming Head Coach Ted Nolan to bench Leino near the end of the 2013–14 season, leading to speculation that the Sabres would buy out his contract at the end of the season. On 17 June, in the off-season, the Sabres indeed placed Leino on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a compliance buyout. Leino would later reflect upon his final season in Buffalo as a very unpleasant experience, akin to spending time in jail because of the high pressure on him to live up to his contract.

Return to Europe

As an unrestricted free agent again, Leino attended the Boston Bruins training camp for the 2014–15 season on a player tryout offer, but was eventually released from the team on 29 September. He returned to Europe in signing a one-year contract with Croatian-based Kontinental Hockey League club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb, on 12 October 2014. After scoring 15 points in 28 games in Zagreb, Leino left to sign in the Swiss league for the remainder of the campaign with the Kloten Flyers of the National League A on 13 February 2015.

On 24 July 2015, Leino made a return to the KHL in signing a one-year contract with Latvian club, Dinamo Riga of the KHL.

On 3 October 2017, Leino announced his retirement.

In 2015, Ville Leino created his lifestyle brand "Billebeino" with the promise that 40% of his products contain pure waste fabrics and are made of 100% recycled materials. Since then, they have colaborated with brands such as The Beatles, EA Sports, Wilson Sporting Goods, Angry Birds and more through their European and American storefront (Angry Birds being the only collab to be on both storefronts).

Leino made his international debut for Finland on the 2006–07 Euro Hockey Tour.

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 SaPKo FIN.2 U20 19 14 12 26 0
2000–01 SaPKo FIN.4 2 0 0 0 16
2001–02 SaPKo FIN.2 U20 26 36 36 72 14 4 2 5 7 2
2001–02 SaPKo FIN.4 15 6 6 12 4
2002–03 Ilves FIN U20 11 6 5 11 14
2002–03 Ilves SM-l 23 1 1 2 0
2003–04 Ilves FIN U20 5 4 6 10 6
2003–04 Ilves SM-l 54 9 15 24 26 7 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Ilves SM-l 56 8 11 19 32 7 1 0 1 2
2005–06 HPK SM-l 56 12 31 43 65 13 3 9 12 4
2006–07 HPK SM-l 50 11 29 40 73 8 1 9 10 31
2007–08 Jokerit SM-l 55 28 49 77 18 14 8 11 19 8
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 5 4 9 6 7 0 2 2 0
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 15 31 46 18 10 3 10 13 10
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 4 3 7 6
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 2 2 4 4 19 7 14 21 6
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 19 34 53 22 11 3 2 5 0
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 8 17 25 16
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 4 6 6
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 0 15 15 10
2014–15 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 28 7 8 15 28
2014–15 Kloten Flyers NLA 4 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Dinamo Riga KHL 39 3 9 12 8
2015–16 Växjö Lakers SHL 17 2 12 14 2 13 0 3 3 8
2016–17 Växjö Lakers SHL 44 8 15 23 14 6 0 2 2 2
SM-l totals 294 69 136 205 214 49 14 30 44 49
NHL totals 286 40 79 119 70 37 10 18 28 6
Award Year
Liiga
All-Star Team 2006, 2008
Lasse Oksanen trophy 2008
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  2. "Jokerit's Ville Leino receives Lasse Oksanen trophy". Liiga. 1 April 2007. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved15 April 2012.
  3. "Red Wings Sign Leino From Finnish Elite League". The Canadien Press. TSN.ca. Retrieved1 February 2009.
  4. "Leino signs 1-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings". redwings.nhl.com. 10 May 2008. Retrieved10 November 2008.
  5. "Heres the deal: Ericsson,Helm and Leino sent down". detroitfreepress.com. 7 October 2008. Retrieved2 February 2009.
  6. "Red Wings recall Ville Leino, Aaron Downey, as Brad Stuart placed on IR". mlive.com. 29 January 2009. Retrieved2 February 2009.
  7. "Ovechkin takes over as Capitals extend Wings' skid to five". cbssportline.com. 31 January 2009. Retrieved2 February 2009.
  8. "RED WINGS TRADE LEINO TO FLYERS FOR TOLLEFSEN". TSN. 6 February 2010. Retrieved6 February 2010.
  9. "Stanley Cup Final Game 6 pre-game notes". nhl.com. 9 June 2010. Retrieved10 June 2010.
  10. "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved1 July 2011.
  11. "Sabres place Ville Leino on waivers for purpose of buyout". The Sports Network. 14 June 2014. Retrieved14 June 2014.
  12. "Ville Leino looks back at final year with Sabres as 'jail' | Buffalo Sabres News | buffalonews.com".
  13. "Dinamo signs Finnish striker Ville Leino" (in Latvian). Dinamo Riga. 24 July 2015. Retrieved24 July 2015.
  14. Kunnari, Timo (3 October 2017). "Kiekkotaiteilija Ville Leino lopettaa peliuransa: "En ole mistään katkera"". iltalehti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved3 October 2017.
  15. "The story of Billebeino". Billebeino. Ville Leino. Retrieved30 May 2022.
  16. "WILSON X BILLEBEINO". Billebeino. Billebeino. Retrieved30 May 2022.
  17. "ANGRY BIRDS X BILLEBEINO (EU)". Billebeino. Billebeino. Retrieved30 May 2022.
  18. "ANGRY BIRDS X BILLEBEINO (US)". Billebeino. Billebeino. Retrieved30 May 2022.
  19. "Liiga All-Stars announced" (in Finnish). Liiga. 1 February 2008. Retrieved1 February 2008.
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2007–08
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Ville Leino Article Talk Language Watch Edit Ville Leino born 6 October 1983 is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward He has played in the National Hockey League NHL for the Detroit Red Wings Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres Ville LeinoLeino with Dinamo Riga in 2015Born 1983 10 06 6 October 1983 age 38 Savonlinna FinlandHeight6 ft 1 in 185 cm Weight190 lb 86 kg 13 st 8 lb PositionLeft wingShotLeftPlayed forIlves HPK Jokerit Detroit Red Wings Philadelphia Flyers Buffalo Sabres KHL Medvescak Zagreb Kloten Flyers Dinamo Riga Vaxjo LakersNHL DraftUndraftedPlaying career2002 2017 Contents 1 Playing career 1 1 Finland 1 2 North America 1 3 Return to Europe 2 Business endeavors 3 International play 4 Records 5 Career statistics 6 Awards and honours 7 References 8 External linksPlaying career EditFinland Edit At age 17 Leino started playing for his hometown hockey team SaPKo in the Suomi sarja He was then recruited to the SM liiga by Ilves and later moved on to HPK where he led the team in scoring in the 2005 06 season when HPK won their first SM liiga championship In 2007 Leino was signed by Jokerit where he was switched from centre to wing In his first season with the team he broke the club record for most points in the regular season when he surpassed Timo Sutinen s record of 73 1 He went on to finish second in scoring and won the Lasse Oksanen trophy for the best player during the regular season in the SM liiga 2 North America Edit On 10 May 2008 Leino signed a one year contract with the NHL s Detroit Red Wings 3 4 Due to the Red Wings salary cap issues however Leino was assigned to the team s American Hockey League AHL affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins Then Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock commented that Leino was the best player he had ever sent to the minors 5 Ville was eventually recalled from the Griffins on 29 January 2009 6 In the first period of his NHL debut on 31 January 2009 Leino scored a goal against goaltender Jose Theodore in a 4 2 loss to the Washington Capitals 7 Leino signed a one way two year extension with the Red Wings on 6 July 2009 On 6 February 2010 Leino was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Norwegian defenceman Ole Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth round draft pick in 2011 8 Leino had two goals and two assists in 14 games with the Flyers during the regular season He then began the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs out of the lineup as a healthy scratch but injuries to Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter forced Leino into action Forming the most offensively productive line in the playoffs alongside Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell Leino scored seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 19 games tying the rookie record for most points in the Stanley Cup playoffs held by Dino Ciccarelli 9 On 12 March 2011 during the 2010 11 regular season Leino recorded his first career hat trick against the Atlanta Thrashers On 24 April during the first round of the 2011 playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres Leino scored the game winning goal in overtime of Game 6 of the series to bring Philadelphia even with Buffalo three games apiece He finished the playoffs with three goals and two assists as the Flyers were ultimately swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins Leino became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011 season whereupon he signed a six year 27 million contract with Buffalo on 1 July 2011 10 His performance during the 2011 12 season however was much maligned as he scored just eight goals with 17 assists during 71 games failing to live up to the expectations of his recently signed contract Continuing sub par play in the 2012 13 and 2013 14 seasons he failed to score a single goal in the latter prompted incoming Head Coach Ted Nolan to bench Leino near the end of the 2013 14 season leading to speculation that the Sabres would buy out his contract at the end of the season On 17 June in the off season the Sabres indeed placed Leino on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a compliance buyout 11 Leino would later reflect upon his final season in Buffalo as a very unpleasant experience akin to spending time in jail because of the high pressure on him to live up to his contract 12 Return to Europe Edit As an unrestricted free agent again Leino attended the Boston Bruins training camp for the 2014 15 season on a player tryout offer but was eventually released from the team on 29 September He returned to Europe in signing a one year contract with Croatian based Kontinental Hockey League club KHL Medvescak Zagreb on 12 October 2014 After scoring 15 points in 28 games in Zagreb Leino left to sign in the Swiss league for the remainder of the campaign with the Kloten Flyers of the National League A on 13 February 2015 On 24 July 2015 Leino made a return to the KHL in signing a one year contract with Latvian club Dinamo Riga of the KHL 13 On 3 October 2017 Leino announced his retirement 14 Business endeavors EditIn 2015 Ville Leino created his lifestyle brand Billebeino with the promise that 40 of his products contain pure waste fabrics and are made of 100 recycled materials 15 Since then they have colaborated with brands such as The Beatles EA Sports Wilson Sporting Goods Angry Birds and more through their European and American storefront Angry Birds being the only collab to be on both storefronts 16 17 18 International play EditLeino made his international debut for Finland on the 2006 07 Euro Hockey Tour Records EditNHL Most points in the Stanley Cup playoffs by a rookie 21 2010 tied with Dino Ciccarelli and Jake Guentzel NHL most assists in the Stanley Cup playoffs by a rookie 14 2010 NHL most assists in the Stanley Cup Finals by a rookie 6 2010 Career statistics EditRegular season PlayoffsSeason Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM2000 01 SaPKo FIN 2 U20 19 14 12 26 0 2000 01 SaPKo FIN 4 2 0 0 0 16 2001 02 SaPKo FIN 2 U20 26 36 36 72 14 4 2 5 7 22001 02 SaPKo FIN 4 15 6 6 12 4 2002 03 Ilves FIN U20 11 6 5 11 14 2002 03 Ilves SM l 23 1 1 2 0 2003 04 Ilves FIN U20 5 4 6 10 6 2003 04 Ilves SM l 54 9 15 24 26 7 1 1 2 42004 05 Ilves SM l 56 8 11 19 32 7 1 0 1 22005 06 HPK SM l 56 12 31 43 65 13 3 9 12 42006 07 HPK SM l 50 11 29 40 73 8 1 9 10 312007 08 Jokerit SM l 55 28 49 77 18 14 8 11 19 82008 09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 5 4 9 6 7 0 2 2 02008 09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 15 31 46 18 10 3 10 13 102009 10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 4 3 7 6 2009 10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 2 2 4 4 19 7 14 21 62010 11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 19 34 53 22 11 3 2 5 02011 12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 8 17 25 16 2012 13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 4 6 6 2013 14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 0 15 15 10 2014 15 KHL Medvescak Zagreb KHL 28 7 8 15 28 2014 15 Kloten Flyers NLA 4 0 1 1 0 2015 16 Dinamo Riga KHL 39 3 9 12 8 2015 16 Vaxjo Lakers SHL 17 2 12 14 2 13 0 3 3 82016 17 Vaxjo Lakers SHL 44 8 15 23 14 6 0 2 2 2SM l totals 294 69 136 205 214 49 14 30 44 49NHL totals 286 40 79 119 70 37 10 18 28 6Awards and honours EditAward YearLiigaAll Star Team 2006 2008 19 Lasse Oksanen trophy 2008References Edit Leino breaks points record for Jokerit Jatkoaika com Kaikki Jaakiekosta in Finnish 28 March 2007 Retrieved 15 April 2012 Jokerit s Ville Leino receives Lasse Oksanen trophy Liiga 1 April 2007 Archived from the original on 11 September 2012 Retrieved 15 April 2012 Red Wings Sign Leino From Finnish Elite League The Canadien Press TSN ca Retrieved 1 February 2009 Leino signs 1 year contract with the Detroit Red Wings redwings nhl com 10 May 2008 Retrieved 10 November 2008 Heres the deal Ericsson Helm and Leino sent down detroitfreepress com 7 October 2008 Retrieved 2 February 2009 Red Wings recall Ville Leino Aaron Downey as Brad Stuart placed on IR mlive com 29 January 2009 Retrieved 2 February 2009 Ovechkin takes over as Capitals extend Wings skid to five cbssportline com 31 January 2009 Retrieved 2 February 2009 RED WINGS TRADE LEINO TO FLYERS FOR TOLLEFSEN TSN 6 February 2010 Retrieved 6 February 2010 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 pre game notes nhl com 9 June 2010 Retrieved 10 June 2010 NHL Free Agent Tracker The Sports Network Retrieved 1 July 2011 Sabres place Ville Leino on waivers for purpose of buyout The Sports Network 14 June 2014 Retrieved 14 June 2014 Ville Leino looks back at final year with Sabres as jail Buffalo Sabres News buffalonews com Dinamo signs Finnish striker Ville Leino in Latvian Dinamo Riga 24 July 2015 Retrieved 24 July 2015 Kunnari Timo 3 October 2017 Kiekkotaiteilija Ville Leino lopettaa peliuransa En ole mistaan katkera iltalehti fi in Finnish Retrieved 3 October 2017 The story of Billebeino Billebeino Ville Leino Retrieved 30 May 2022 WILSON X BILLEBEINO Billebeino Billebeino Retrieved 30 May 2022 ANGRY BIRDS X BILLEBEINO EU Billebeino Billebeino Retrieved 30 May 2022 ANGRY BIRDS X BILLEBEINO US Billebeino Billebeino Retrieved 30 May 2022 Liiga All Stars announced in Finnish Liiga 1 February 2008 Retrieved 1 February 2008 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Ville Leino Biographical information and career statistics from NHL com or Eliteprospects com or Hockey Reference com or The Internet Hockey Database Jatkoaika com player profile in Finnish Awards and achievementsPreceded byCory Murphy Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy 2007 08 Succeeded byJuuso Riksman Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Ville Leino amp oldid 1090643441, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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