Rasmus Tirronen


Espoo Finland

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Signed as free agent, 2015


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2006-07: Rasmus Tirronen played for the second division EPS U18 team in Espoo, Finland. Splitting the goaltending duties with Roy Hellgren, he had a 3.53 goals against and .913 save percentage in 12 regular season games and was 0-2 with a 4.67 goals against and .794 save percentage in two playoff games.

2007-08: Tirronen joined the top division club HIFK in his second U18 season. In nine regular season games as a backup to Oilers’ prospect Frans Tuohimaa he posted a 3.98 goals against and .894 save percentage. Tirronen started two playoff games and had a 2.47 goals against and .916 save percentage.

2008-09: Tirronen played for the Finland champion Espoo Blues U20 team. Splitting time with Erno Suomalinen, he had a 2.33 goals against and .902 save percentage in 18 games as Espoo finished first in the regular season. The Blues rolled through the playoffs, defeating third-place TPS in the finals. Tirronen had a 4.02 goals against and .826 save percentage in his only playoff game as Suomalainen handled the bulk of the goaltending.

2009-10: Tirronen appeared in two games with the Espoo Blues U20 team, posting a 4.50 goals against and .850 save percentage. 

2010-11: Tirronen joined the Topeka Roadrunners of the North American Hockey League in pursuit of a college hockey scholarship and committed to playing at Merrimack College in October 2010. Sharing the goaltending duties with Eric Rohrkemper for the South Division champion Roadrunners, he was 24-9 with 4 shutouts in 36 regular season games and had a 2.41 goals against and .908 save percentage. Topeka defeated Wichita Falls and Amarillo in playoff series before being eliminated in the round-robin round. Tirronen was 5-4 with a 2.87 goals against and .890 save percentage in 10 playoff games.

2011-12: Tirronen did not see any action as Merrimack College’s third goalie behind senior Joe Cannata (Vancouver) and sophomore Sam Marotta in his freshman season. Merrimack advanced to the Hockey East championship game after finishing in fourth place and took Notre Dame to overtime before falling, 4-3, in the NCAA tournament.

2012-13: Tirronen appeared in 12 games as a backup to junior Sam Marotta in his sophomore season at Merrimack College. He was 3-6-2 with a 2.65 goals against and .904 save percentage. Merrimack appeared headed to its second straight NCAA tournament berth after an impressive 9-0-1 start but struggled late in the season; finishing fifth in Hockey East and falling to Maine in the conference quarterfinals.

2013-14: Tirronen emerged as the starter for Merrimack College in his junior season — appearing in 25 of 33 games for the Warriors. He had a record of 7-14-3 with 1 shutout, posting a 2.55 goals against and .908 save percentage on a team that struggled. Merrimack finished last in Hockey East and lost to Maine, 2-0, in the conference tournament play-in game.

2014-15: Tirronen signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in March 2015 following his senior season at Merrimack College and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Tirronen stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 4-3 win over Rockford in his only AHL start as the Checkers finished fourth in the West Division, missing the playoffs. Tirronen played in 31 games for Merrimack and was 12-14-3 with 2 shutouts, posting a 2.30 goals against and .914 save percentage. The Warriors finished 11th in Hockey East but swept sixth-place Northeastern in a best-of-three first round series — with Tirronen stopping 99 of 102 shots in the two games, including a 63-save effort in the 2-1 double overtime clincher — before falling to Boston University in the conference quarterfinals.

Talent Analysis

After four years at Merrimack College, the undrafted Tirronen signed a one-year deal with Carolina in March. Tirronen has been a late bloomer, not really catching the attention of the NHL until his standout senior season in highly competitive Hockey East. But he is your typical Finnish goaltender: big (6’3, 209 pounds) and technically sound.


With only a one-year contract in hand, Tirronen will be looking to grab an AHL roster spot and quickly prove his worth. If he can seize a sport in Charlotte and get a significant number of starts, Tirronen could carve out a place for himself in the organization’s future plans.

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