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Sami Lepisto
Sami Lepisto
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 193
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 17, 1984
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
Drafted: WSH / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (66th overall)
Played seven games in Washington in his first season in North America.

Appeared in seven games for Washington in five recalls, netting one assist and posting 12 PIM … Recorded 10 minutes or more of ice time in all seven games played … Skated career-best 16:22 vs. NJ (2/23) … Appeared in 55 games with Hershey (AHL), posting 45 points (4g-41a; fifth on roster) … Tied for ninth among AHL defensemen in points … Led the Bears with 41 assists … Led Hershey and ranked third in AHL with +29 rating … Had 11 multiple-point games, including three games with three points … Had a nine-game point-scoring streak from 1/20-2/14 (2g-14a) … Posted 13 points in a six-game span in February (2g-11a) … Had one assist in five playoff games for the Bears.

Limited to 26 games due to injury in his fourth season with Jokerit in the top professional league in Finland … Recorded 10 points (1g-9a) and 32 PIM … Tied for fourth among team defensemen in points … Registered four points (2g-2a) in 10 playoff games … Led Jokerit defensemen in playoff goals.
2005-06: Posted career highs in goals (8), assists (21) and points (29) in 56 games with Jokerit … Ranked second on the team in assists and third in points … Led all Jokerit defensemen in goals, assists and points … Ranked fourth in the league in scoring by a defenseman.
2004-05: Recorded 25 points (7g-18a) in 55 games for Jokerit … Shared the lead among team defensemen in scoring with Brian Campbell (CHI) … His 18 assists ranked fifth on the team and first among defensemen … Had eight points (1g-7a) in 12 playoff games.
2003-04: Played 53 games for Jokerit in his rookie season in the Finnish professional league … Posted seven points (3g-4a) and 20 PIM … Helped lead Finland to a bronze medal on home ice at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
2002-03: Played his first full season with Jokerit’s junior team.

International Career
Has made two international appearances for Finland.
2008: Skated in seven games at the World Championship, recording two points (1g-a).
2004: Won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2004 World Junior Championship, played in his home country … Posted eight points (4g-4a) in seven games … Shared the team lead in goals, ranked second in points (first among defensemen) and led the team with a +10 rating … Was named the tournament’s Best Defenseman and named to the All-Tournament Team.

NHL Transactions

Selected by Washington in the third round, 66th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.

Enjoys golfing, boating and playing soccer … First job was working at a radio station in Helsinki … Favorite hockey memory is scoring the overtime goal against the U.S. in the 2008 World Championship … The godson of Hockey Hall of Famer Jari Kurri.