Anna Kilponen

Anna Kilponen (born 16 May 1995 in Orivesi) is a Finnish ice hockey defenceman who currently plays with Linköping HC in the Swedish Women's Hockey League (SDHL). She has previously competed internationally with the Finnish national team and won bronze medals at the 2015[1] and 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship and played in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.[2]

Anna Kilponen
Born (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995
Orivesi, Finland
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb; 11 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
SDHL team
Former teams
Linköping HC
Tampereen Ilves
Team Oriflame
UND Fighting Hawks
Quinnipiac Bobcats
National team  Finland
Playing career 2009present

Playing career

Kilponen began her career in 2009 with Ilves in the Naisten SM-sarja, the highest level women’s hockey league in Finland. She was named an Ilves alternate captain in the 2010-11 season when she was 15 years old. Kilponen also played with Team Oriflame in the Naisten SM-sarja from the 2011-12 to 2013-14 season and served as team captain for the 2012-13 season. In the 2014-15 season she returned to Ilves and served as captain.

Leading up to the 2015-16 season, Kilponen moved to the United States to attend the University of North Dakota and play NCAA hockey with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. She played with the Fighting Hawks for two seasons, serving as an alternate captain in 2016-17, until the women’s ice hockey program was cut by the university in March 2017.[3] Kilponen then transferred to Quinnipiac University and played for the Quinnipiac Bobcats until graduating in 2019.[4]

Kilponen is signed with Linköping HC Dam in the SDHL and will make her debut with the team in the 2019-20 season.[5]

International career

Kilponen was selected for the Finland women's national ice hockey team in the 2014 Winter Olympics. She played in all six games, recording two assists.[6]

As of 2014, Kilponen has also appeared for Finland at two IIHF Women's World Championships. Her first appearance came in 2012.[7][8]

Kilponen made three appearances for the Finland women's national under-18 ice hockey team, at the IIHF World Women's U18 Championships, with the first in 2011, when she won a bronze medal as part of the team in 2011.[9][10][11][12]

Career statistics

International career

Through 2013–14 season

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Finland U18 U18 6 0 1 1 4
2012 Finland U18 U18 5 1 2 3 4
2012 Finland WW 6 0 0 0 0
2013 Finland U18 U18 5 1 2 3 6
2013 Finland WW 6 0 0 0 0
2014 Finland Oly 6 0 2 2 2

References

  1. "2015 IIHF World Championship roster" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. "Anna KILPONEN - Olympic Ice Hockey | Finland". International Olympic Committee. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. "Anna Kilponen Bio". undsports.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. "Anna Kilponen - Women's Ice Hockey". Quinnipiac University Athletics. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  5. "Kilponen '19 Signs with Linköping Hockey Club". Quinnipiac University Athletics. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  6. IIHF - Team Finland Stats - 2014 Olympics
  7. IIHF - Team Finland Stats - 2012 World Championship
  8. "IIHF - Team Finland Stats - 2013 World Championship" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  9. IIHF (2011). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2012. Fenn/M&S. p. 557. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6.
  10. IIHF - Team Finland Stats - 2011 U-18 World Championship
  11. IIHF - Team Finland Stats - 2012 U-18 World Championship
  12. IIHF - Team Finland Stats - 2013 U-18 World Championship
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