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Rasmus Rissanen

#2 Rasmus Rissanen

Position Defense
Height 6'2"
Weight 210
Shoots Left
Born July 13, 1991
Birthplace Kuopio, Finland
Drafted CAR 2009 (6th, 178th)

Career Statistics

        Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League    GP G A PTS PIM   GP G A PTS PIM
2009-10 Everett WHL   71 4 11 15 103   7 0 1 1 8
2010-11 Everett WHL   68 1 11 12 89   4 2 0 2 8
  Charlotte AHL   1 0 0 0 0   - - - - -
2011-12 Charlotte AHL   64 3 3 6 57   - - - - -
2012-13 Charlotte AHL   61 0 9 9 84   5 0 0 0 10
2013-14 Charlotte AHL   62 3 7 10 91   - - - - -
AHL TOTALS   188 6 19 25 232   5 0 0 0 10
NHL TOTALS   - - - - -   - - - - -
PRO TOTALS   188 6 19 25 232   5 0 0 0 10


Rasmus Rissanen
Finished the 2013-14 season ranked third all-time in games played by a Checkers defenseman (188) ... Ranked third on the franchise's all-time penalty minutes list (232) ... Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on 7/23/14.


His favorite musician is Avicii and he enjoys the TV show The Big Bang Theory… In his free time Rissanen enjoys playing on his Xbox and watching soccer… Over the summer, Rissanen spent a lot of time with his friends, family and girlfriend… His favorite food is steak and his favorite team growing up was Kalpa, a team in his hometown of Kuopio, Finland.


Finished his third professional season and third spent entirely with the Checkers … Ranked third on the team with a career-high 91 penalty minutes … Set a new career high with 10 points and tied his career high with three goals … Finished the season ranked third among AHL defensemen with 38 minor penalties … Had the lone assist on Brody Sutter's game-winning goal with 5:16 remaining in regulation and picked up four penalty minutes in the Checkers' season opener at OKC (10/4) … Posted a cumulative plus-5 rating over the Checkers' first three games of the season … Had the lone assist on the Checkers' lone goal of the game in a 2-1 loss to CHI (11/7) … Opened the scoring with his first goal since 4/10/12 (77 games) at TOR (11/19) … Had a season-high four shots on goal vs. RFD (11/23) … Had the lone assist on Brody Sutter's overtime goal vs. RFD (12/5) … Racked up a career-high 17 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct for participating in a secondary altercation, as the result of a single incident vs. RFD (12/7) … Missed 11 games due to injury from 12/10-1/3 … Assisted on Justin Shugg's opening goal and posted a career-best, plus-4 rating in a 6-1 win vs. TEX (1/18) … Assisted on Greg Nemisz' game-tying goal with 5:13 remaining in regulation of an eventual shootout win vs. NOR (1/19), giving him points in consecutive games (2a) for the first time in his career … Scored his first career power-play goal to give him three points (1g, 2a) in his last four games and was plus-3 in a 9-3 win vs. OKC (1/24) … Posted a cumulative plus-7 rating in eight January games … Scored his third goal of the season to tie the game with 5:21 remaining in an eventual 3-2 loss vs. LE (3/16) … Set a new career high with his 10th point of the season, an assist on Philippe Cornet's goal at IA (3/26) … Games missed due to injury/illness: 14 (10/30-31; 12/10-1/3; 2/7) … Longest assist/point streak: 2 games (1/18-19: 0g, 2a).


Completed his second professional season and second spent entirely with the Checkers … Set a career high with nine assists ... Ranked third on the team with 84 penalty minutes … Led the team with 10 penalty minutes in the playoffs ... Recorded an assist in the Checkers' season opener at HOU (10/13) … Was plus-1 with six penalty minutes in his second game of the season at TEX (10/14) … Had his first career multi-point game with a pair of assists at PEO (10/28) … Tied his season high with a plus-2 rating in the Checkers' home opener vs. CHI (11/4) … Notched two assists in three games between 1/20 and 1/25 … Took a season-high four shots on goal at GR (2/17) … Was plus-2 with a season-high 10 penalty minutes as the result of a misconduct at ABB (2/22) … Recorded his second career multi-assist and multi-point game with two helpers vs. HOU … Assisted on Zach Boychuk's eventual game-winning goal at TEX (3/23) … Had the primary helper on Zac Dalpe's 20th goal of the season at MIL (4/19) … Tied his season high with a plus-2 rating in the regular-season finale at PEO (4/20) … Played in all five of the Checkers' Calder Cup Playoff games, his first playoff games at the professional level … Missed 14 games due to injury (upper-body: 12/6-12/15; upper-body: 12/29-1/13) … Was a healthy extra for one game (12/1) … Multi-assist/point games: 2 (10/28, 3/10).


Completed his first professional season and first with the Checkers … Recorded his first professional point, an assist on Drayson Bowman’s goal at SA (10/29) … Picked up the first fighting major of his career when he dropped the gloves with Mike Angelidis at NOR (11/23) … Had the lone assist on Matthew Pistilli’s goal that opened the scoring just 2:07 into the game and was plus-2 vs. MIL (11/27) … Assisted on Zach Boychuk’s game-tying goal and was plus-2 vs. HER (1/11) … Scored his first professional goal, an unassisted tally with 6:34 remaining in the third period that held up as the game-winner, vs. GR (1/15) … Notched his second goal of the season vs. RFD (1/27) … Took a career-high six shots on goal vs. PEO (3/20).


Joined Charlotte after signing an entry-level deal with the Hurricanes and made his professional debut vs. Worcester (4/9)… Did not appear in any of the Checkers' Calder Cup Playoff games.


Totaled 27 points (5g, 22a) and 192 penalty minutes in 139 career regular-season games with Everett of the Western Hockey League (WHL)… Was Everett’s first-round selection (17th overall) in the 2009 CHL Import Draft… Ranked 52nd on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list of international skaters for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but rose to 37th in the organization’s final rankings… Prior to beginning his North American career, had one goal, eight assists (9 points) and 66 penalty minutes in 34 career games for KalPa Jr. in the Finnish Junior League… Also played 38 games for KalPa’s U18 squad, earning eight goals and 10 assists (18 points) and totaling 127 penalty minutes… Played his first season of hockey in North America in 2009-10, totaling 15 points (4g, 11a) and earning a (+18) rating in 71 games with the Everett Silvertips (WHL)… Made his WHL debut at Seattle (9/18/09) ... Led the Silvertips with 89 penalty minutes in 2010-11... Skated in all four of Everett’s WHL playoff games in 2011 as the Silvertips were swept in the first round by Portland… Netted a pair of goals in Everett’s 5-4 Game 3 loss vs. Portland (3/30).


Represented Finland at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championship, helping the Finns upset Canada to earn a bronze medal… Appeared in six games for Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, and was (+1).