meet the pens: olli määttä
Määttä was born on August 22nd, 1994, in Jyväskylä, FInland. He started playing hockey in 2000, after insisting that all of his peers were playing.
Määttä has represented Finland in the IIHF World Juniors championships from 2011 to 2013, serving as an alternate captain at times. In 2014, he was invited to represent Finland in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics. He scored the final goal in a 5-0 victory over the United States in the bronze medal game.
Since joining the Penguins for the 2013-2014 season, Määttä has recorded 14 goals and 36 assists. Three of his goals came from power plays and one of his goals was short-handed. Two of his goals are also game winning goals.
So far, Määttä has appeared in 135 NHL games and has recorded 32 total penalty minutes in his career with the Penguins.
Some fun facts about Määttä (according to interviews/articles):
-his favorite book is the English Dictionary
-he’s a fan of the following foods: mushroom soup, lasagna, licorice, and Swedish berries (candy)
-he collected/traded hockey cards as a kid
-he admitted to crying during the Pokemon movie (no shame)
-his least favorite subject in school was Swedish
-HE BEAT CANCER. And remained calm at all times during the process of getting his tumor removed!
Olli Määttä is an absolute BEAST and we are so lucky to have him on our team!