Roope Laavainen
Born August 23, 1998 (1998-08-23) (age 22)
Helsinki, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defenseman
Shoots Right
Liiga team
Former teams
HPK
Jukurit
NHL Draft 119th overall, 2017
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2017–present

Roope Laavainen (born August 23, 1998) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for HPK of the Finnish Liiga.

He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Roope played as a youth with Jokerit's U20 team in the Jr. A, prior to his selection to the Blackhawks.

He left the Jokerit organization to remain in Finland and sign a three-year contract with HPK of the Liiga on April 28, 2017.

During the 2018–19 season, Roope registered 2 points in 10 games with HPK before he was loaned for two months to fellow Liiga club, Mikkelin Jukurit, on November 27, 2018.

Adding 1 assist in 5 games with Jukurit, he returned to HPK on January 8, 2019.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 Jokerit Jr. A 48 5 16 21 42
2017–18 HPK Liiga 39 0 4 4 31
2017–18 LeKi Mestis 15 1 1 2 4 5 1 2 3 2
2018–19 HPK Jr. A 3 0 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 2
2018–19 HPK Liiga 15 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0
2018–19 TUTO Hockey Mestis 5 1 0 1 2
2018–19 Jukurit Liiga 5 0 1 1 4
2018–19 LeKi Mestis 17 4 8 12 6 10 1 1 2 6
Liiga totals 59 1 7 8 37 2 0 0 0 0

Accolades[edit | edit source]

Award Year
Liiga
Champion (HPK) 2019
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