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06-27-2007, 02:33 PM
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Anyone remember Peter Ahola?




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?

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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.

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I definitely remember someone had the personalized license plate AHOLA 26 that I would see at the Forum long after his Kings playing days had passed. Someone was a little obsessed... er, dedicated

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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!

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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.

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06-28-2007, 05:35 AM
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Just out of curiosity why do you ask? Do you know Peter personally? If so give him our best.
I do not know him personally.

The reson I ask is that I never had a chance to see him play in the NHL myself, and since I'm curious to know how he was perceived by fans who saw him play I thought I should ask here.

I'm also asking because I enjoy hearing any interesting stories or comments about the players, just like the personalized license plate story posted by MisoSoupy.

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06-28-2007, 07:49 AM
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Yeah, I remember him, to me he was more of a middle of the road defenseman.

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06-28-2007, 03:42 PM
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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.

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I just remember that his boyhood hero was Jari Kurri.

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No love for Petr Prasjler?

I remember Ahola. He was decent.

Looks like he went on to have a few good years in Finland:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p...pid%5B%5D=5949
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06-28-2007, 04:07 PM
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I don't know Peter personally but from everything I've heard he sounds like an a hole

ugh damnit. Someone had to do it.

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I don't know Peter personally but from everything I've heard he sounds like an a hole

ugh damnit. Someone had to do it.
I can imagine his middle name in the locker room began with an F.

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I remember AHola...Don't know why but I have this image of him in the penalty box stuck in my memory...

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