Tommi Kivisto
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 06/07/1991
DRAFTED: CAR: 2009-208 overall
2012-13 SEASON
Completed his first season of professional hockey in North America, splitting the year between Charlotte (AHL) and Florida (ECHL)… Earned two assists in 17 AHL games with the Checkers… Had 15 points (4g, 11a) and 59 penalty minutes in 48 games on the ECHL level… Assisted on the overtime game-winner in his North American professional debut for Florida vs. Orlando (10/12)… Scored his first ECHL goal and added an assist for his first career multi-point game vs. South Carolina (10/24)… Made his AHL debut at San Antonio (11/18)… Recorded his first AHL point with an assist at Houston (1/13)… Totaled six points (1g, 5a) in 12 ECHL playoff games as Florida advanced to the conference semifinal before falling to Reading.

Had appeared in 17 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Charlotte entering 2013-14, earning two assists… Had 11 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 86 career games with Jokerit in Finland’s top league, SM-Liiga… Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on 6/1/11… Is from the same hometown as Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu, who also played in the Jokerit system… Has represented Finland in more than a dozen international tournaments including the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships and the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championship… Played one season of junior hockey in Canada with Red Deer (WHL), ranking second among Rebels defensemen in scoring with 22 points (1g, 21a) in 65 games in 2008-09… Saw his first action in Finland’s top league in 2009- 10, notching two assists in 22 games with Jokerit (SM-Liiga)… Set career highs in games played (38) and penalty minutes (22) for Jokerit in 2010-11… Appeared in all seven of Jokerit’s 2011 playoff games, as they were edged in seven games by eventual SM-Liiga champion Helsinki IFK in the quarterfinals… Earned a career-high seven assists in 26 games with Jokerit in 2011-12.