When you consider the NHL, European Club play and international competition, former Detroit Red Wings player Valtteri Filppula seems to have cornered the market on team success.
The Finnish veteran is less than two months short of his 40th birthday and yet he’s still delivering important goals at key moments. On Jan. 16, he scored twice to lift his Swiss League team Geneve-Servette team to a 3-2 win against the Finnish team Lukko Rauma in a Champions League semifinal. The win propels Geneve-Servette into the Champions League Feb. 20 final in Geneva against the Swedish team Skelleftea.
“It’s always nice to score but the assists made these goals happen,” he told the Champions League website, “I don’t score that much these days so it was good to get back into it.”