Feb 26, 2014


Iowa Signs Goalie Hannu Toivonen

Des Moines, IA  – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher on Wednesday announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goaltender John Curry and forward Stephane Veilleux (pronounced steph-AWN vay-OOH) from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). Iowa Wild General Manager Jim Mill announced on Wednesday the American Hockey League (AHL) club, has signed goaltender Hannu Toivonen (pronounced – Ha-new, Toy-VIN-ni).  

Curry, 29 (2/27/84), is 7-5-2 with a 2.08 goals-against average (GAA) and a .935 save percentage (SV%) in 15 games with Iowa this season. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound netminder has also posted a 10-2-0 record, 2.66 GAA and .917 SV% in 13 games with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL this season. The native of Shorewood, Minn., is 2-2-0 with a 3.79 GAA and a .867 SV% in four NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-10). He last appeared in an NHL game on Jan. 16, 2010 at Vancouver. Curry was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award during his senior season at Boston University in 2006-07. He was signed by Minnesota to a two-way NHL contract on Feb. 17.

Veilleux, 32 (11/16/81), has collected one goal and 19 penalty minutes (PIM) in 25 games with Minnesota this season and 11 points (4-7=11) and 19 PIM in 27 games with Iowa. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of St. Georges de Beauce, Que., has recorded 102 points (47-55=102) and 336 PIM in 485 NHL games with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. He ranks fifth in Wild history in hits (423), eighth in games played (407), ninth in PIM (288) and 11th in shots (580). Veilleux was originally selected by Minnesota in the third-round (93rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Toivonen is in his 11th pro season, seeing time in Milwaukee and Toledo this season. In four AHL appearances, Toivonen went 1-1-1 with a 2.50 GAA and a .909 SV%. In 16 ECHL games with Toledo, the Kalvola, Finland native went 7-8-0 with a 3.61 GAA and a .899 SV%.  The 29-year old was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (#29 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Over the course of his career, Toivonen is 97-83-16 in 251 AHL games, posting a 2.50 GAA, 16 shutouts and a .914 SV%. Toivonen has played for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, Peoria Rivermen, Milwaukee Admirals and the Providence Bruins.

Iowa hosts the Rochester Americans at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. The team will embark on a five-game road trip with stops in Milwaukee, Chicago and Grand Rapids prior to returning home on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 5:05 p.m. to host San Antonio. Fans may purchase the Subway Family Four Pack for Sunday’s game, which includes: four hot dogs, four sodas and four tickets, starting at $44. Sunday’s game marks the beginning of a six-game homestand. The team also welcomes Texas, Grand Rapids and Charlotte over the home stretch.

Fans may purchase single game tickets multiple ways, either through the team's website –www.Iowawild.com, Wells Fargo Arena box office or Dahl's Ticketing. Tickets are available online at www.iowawild.com under the single game tickets tab.  Fans may also purchase tickets by calling 1-866-55-DAHLS (32457) or by visiting one of 13 Dahl's Food Stores locations in the greater Des Moines area, and in Ames. In order to purchase group tickets (10 or more), please call the Iowa Wild ticketing department at 515-564-8700. Fans interested in buying full season, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700.

The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game. For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.





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