I was just curious to know if anyone here remeber former LA Kings d-man Peter Ahola?
Born and trained in Finland Peter took an unusual route to the nhl. He was never drafted, instead he went over to the states at a young age to study and play hockey at Boston University (named to the NCAA East 2nd All-American team 91 btw) were he was spotted by Rogie Vachon (the Kings GM at the time), whose son Nicholas was a teammate of Peter, when he was watching his son play.
Peter was part of an impessive group of players with the Boston University Terrier's, most notably: Keith Tkachuk, Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern, Joe Sacco and Scott LaChance.
He was a part of the Kings organization for the 91-92 and the start of the 92-93 season, and played in total only 79 games for the team.
He was traded to Pittsburgh at the beginning of the 92-93 season, even though he had a successful rookie year, when new head coach and euro-hater Barry Melrose stepped into the picture. It was really sad since Peter had just bought a nice beach house with his good friend Rob Blake.
He bounced around in the nhl for a couple seasons before heading back to europe.
I myself remember him as a big, physical, solid d-man. He had a really impressive rookie season and was among the top young d-men in the league (He led the Kings with a +12 rating, Gretzky and Kurri for instance were minus players that season)
So, I would appreciate any input from those of you who saw him play. What did you think of him?
I remember him, but I don't remember his play. Maybe that's a good thing for a dman, he never did much for me to think he stunk. Not to say he was an all-star either. I rememeber his name more than his play.
i remember being a kid at a game, and time was running out, less then 30 seconds left and Ahola stepped outta the box and drilled a shot and scored to tie the game. I think it was against the Blackhawks or Devils... Ahola was my hero for a night!
I remember him. He was a decent defenseman but not spectacular. He wasn't the kind of guy that made a ton of mistakes......because if he was I would have remembered yelling his name in anger like I did with a few others.
Just out of curiosity why do you ask? Do you know Peter personally? If so give him our best.
I remember him too. From what I remember, his play was very physical & positioning was pretty good. I think he was a little slow though, I could be wrong. At the time, he was my sister's favorite King and she still brings him up every now and then.