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Miro Heiskanen
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Heiskanen in 2017
Born 18 July 1999 (1999-07-18) (age 22)
Espoo, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
HIFK
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2017
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2016–present

Miro Heiskanen (born 18 July 1999) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ranked in the top ten eligible European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, Heiskanen was picked third overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Stars.

Playing career

Miro Heiskanen
Heiskanen with HIFK in 2017.

Heiskanen played hockey until the age of 14 in the youth program of Finnish Liiga club Espoo Blues, later Heiskanen played within the youth program of HIFK. In playing at the Jr. A level during the 2015–16 season, he recorded 14 points in 30 games to be awarded with the Yrjö Hakala Award as rookie of the year. On 30 May 2016, he signed a three-year contract extension with the HIFK organization.

During the 2016–17 season, at age 17, Heiskanen made his professional debut with HIFK in the Liiga. In playing the full season in the Liiga, he played on HIFK's top defensive pairing, scoring 5 goals and 10 points in 37 games. HIFK head coach Antti Törmänen described him as his team's best defenceman that season, praising his ability to always make the right decisions. By the end of the season, Heiskanen was considered a top prospect at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, with Göran Stubb of NHL Central Scouting describing him as "by far the best European defenceman in the draft". Heiskanen was ultimately selected third overall by the Dallas Stars.

On 8 July 2017, Heiskanen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Stars. Heiskanen spent the 2017–18 season on loan with HIFK.

Heiskanen was named to the Stars' roster to start the 2018–19 season and made his debut on 4 October in a 3–0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. On 25 October, in a 5–2 Stars win over the Anaheim Ducks, Heiskanen scored his first career NHL goal, beating goaltender John Gibson off a pass from Jason Spezza. In so doing, at 19 years and 99 days, Heiskanen became the second-youngest Stars defenceman to score a goal. On 2 January 2019, Heiskanen was named the Stars' lone representative at the 2019 NHL All-Star, becoming the second rookie in the Stars/North Stars franchise history to be named to the All-Star Game. At the time of his selection, he was tied for seventh in the league among rookies and second amongst rookie defencemen with 17 points. As the Stars qualified for the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, Heiskanen became the third defencemen under the age of 20 to score two goals in a playoff game.

On 30 August 2020, in Game 4 of the Stars' second round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, Heiskanen would set the Stars' playoff record for points by a defenceman with 16. In reaching the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals, Heiskanen ended the playoff campaign with 26 points in 27 games, the fourth most by any defenceman during a playoff year in league history, behind only Paul Coffey in 1985, Brian Leetch in 1994 and Al MacInnis in 1989. The Stars would ultimately lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

On 17 July 2021, Heiskanen signed an eight-year, $67.6 million contract with the Stars.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2015–16 HIFK Jr. A 30 3 11 14 6
2016–17 HIFK Liiga 37 5 5 10 4 8 0 3 3 0
2017–18 HIFK Liiga 30 11 12 23 8 14 3 6 9 18
2018–19 Dallas Stars NHL 82 12 21 33 16 13 2 2 4 2
2019–20 Dallas Stars NHL 68 8 27 35 12 27 6 20 26 2
2020–21 Dallas Stars NHL 55 8 19 27 12
Liiga totals 67 16 17 33 12 22 3 9 12 18
NHL totals 205 28 67 95 40 40 8 22 30 4
Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold 2016 United States
Silver 2017 Slovakia

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Finland U17 5th 5 0 4 4 2
2016 Finland WJC18 1 7 0 1 1 0
2017 Finland WJC18 2 7 2 10 12 0
2017 Finland WJC 9th 6 0 1 1 0
2018 Finland WJC 6th 5 0 2 2 0
2018 Finland OG 6th 5 1 0 1 2
2018 Finland WC 5th 8 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 30 2 18 20 2
Senior totals 13 1 2 3 2

Awards and honours

2017 NHL Entry Draft(34703417803)
Heiskanen was selected third overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Award Year
Jr. A
Yrjö Hakala Award 2016
Liiga
Pekka Rautakallio trophy 2018
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2019
NHL All-Rookie Team 2019
International
WJC18 All-Star Team 2017
WJC18 Best Defenseman 2017
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