Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
Number: 35
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 198
Catches: Left
Born: 20 May 1977
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Drafted: SJS / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (90th overall)
2008-09 SEASON
Played 53 games for Toronto compiling a record of 22-17-11 with a 3.26 goals against average, a .891 save percentage, and 1 shutout. Recorded 1st shutout of the season making 32 saves despite 1-0 shootout loss Oct. 17 and became 1st Leaf goaltender in over 43 years, and 1st at current Madison Square Garden to record shutout against Rangers in New York (Johnny Bower, Jan. 10, 1965 at former MSG). Became 1st Leaf goaltender ever to record a shutout despite suffering a shootout loss. Recorded 100th career NHL win stopping 26-of-28 shots Oct. 23 at Boston. Played 200th career NHL game Nov. 27 at Ottawa. Was named 1st star in back-to-back games(Nov. 27, Nov. 29). Started 11 consecutive games from Nov.27 to Dec. 20 with a record of 6-3-1 in that stretch. Missed 1 game due to groin injury (Dec. 22). Played 100th Maple Leafs game Jan. 6 vs. Florida. Recorded wins in 3 consecutive starts (Feb. 22 - 26). Maple Leafs 2008-09 Molson Cup Winner with 44 points. Had season ending hip and groin surgery - missed final 18 games of season (Mar. 5 - Apr. 11). Made 15 saves on 29 shootout attempts this season and earned a record of 4 wins and 5 losses.

Earned 12 consecutive victories (12-0-0) Apr. 6, 2006 – Oct. 23, 2006 setting the longest win streak and longest unbeaten streak in San Jose franchise history. During this streak, posted a 1.89 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Recorded a 7-game winning-streak Dec. 31 – Jan. 26 and tied a San Jose franchise record (Toskala, 2005-06, Irbe 1993-94). During this streak posted a 1.62 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. Set a San Jose franchise record for a goaltender with 2 assists Feb. 3 vs. Chicago. Earned 4th shutout of season and stopped 35 shots in 1st game since suffering a groin injury Feb. 14 – Mar. 16 vs. Columbus. 2005-06: Ranked 9th in NHL goals against average (2.56). Named runner-up for the NHL Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 13 posting a 3-0-0 record with a 2.65 goals against average. Named Seagate Technology "Sharks Player of the Month" for Feb. and Mar. Registered 1st shutout Mar. 21 at St. Louis (33 saves). Named NHL Defensive Player of the Week for period ending Mar. 26, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.66 goals against average and a .946 save percentage. Became the 1st San Jose goaltender to win 3 games on a 3-game road trip (3-0-0, 0.97 GAA, .948 SV PCT) Apr. 3 – 6. Named the NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 9 (2nd time), posting a 4-0-0 record with a 0.98 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. Finished the season with 5 consecutive victories on the road (5-0-0). Earned San Jose at least 1 point in 27 out of last 29 starts (23-2-4). Finished the season with a San Jose franchise-tying 7 consecutive victories (7-0-0, continued into 2006-07). Made NHL playoff debut in 4-3 loss in Game 1 of WCQF at Nashville Apr. 21. Earned 1st career playoff shutout in 2nd career playoff game in Game 2 at Nashville Apr. 23, making 25 saves in a 3-0 victory. Stopped 54 shots in the 3 overtime loss in Game 3 of the WCSF May 10 at Edmonton. 2004-05: Played for Ilves Tampere. 2003-04: Ranked 4th in NHL save percentage (.930). Posted 12-8-4 record, with a 2.06 goals against average in 28 appearances during 1st full NHL season. Combined with Nabokov to set a San Jose franchise record for most shutouts in the regular season (11). Faced career-high 52 shots and made career-high 47 saves in 5-5 tie at Nov. 6 at Boston. Twice posted single-season high 4-game winning streaks (Nov. 22- 30 and Jan. 3-21). Served as the reserve to Miikka Kiprusoff for Finland during 2004 World Cup of Hockey. 2002-03: Made 1st NHL start and earned 1st NHL win, stopping 22 shots, Oct. 17 vs. Edmonton. Stopped 32 shots, including 1st career penalty shot, against Jarome Iginla Mar. 15 vs. Calgary. Posted 1st NHL shutout making 25 saves Mar. 27 vs. Detroit (3-0 W). Played 41 games for Cleveland (AHL) compiling a record of 15-30-2, 3.21 GAA (1 shutout). 2001-02: Finished AHL season with 19-33-7 record for Cleveland and led AHL in games played (62), minutes played (3,574) and saves (1,845). Made NHL debut Nov. 24 at Los Angeles, posting 2 saves. 2000-01: Dressed (DNP) for 1st NHL postseason game in Game 4 of the WCQF vs. St. Louis Apr. 17. Played 1st season in North America. Named to The Hockey News AHL Mid- Season All-Rookie Team. 13th in AHL in GAA (2.77). 1999-00: Played 44 contests for Ilves and posted a 2.67 goals against average. 1998-99: Selected for Finnish national team for World Championships, but did not play. Ranked 3rd in Finland in wins (21) and 5th in goals against average (2.14). 1996 & 1997: Played for Finland at World Junior Championships in both 1996 & 1997.