In a long interview, we asked Joonas Pylsy a lot about his teams, playing for Finland, his life in general and his move to Switzerland. The last topic has already been published, now we want to focus a bit more on Pylsy’s statistics.
Meet Joonas Pylsy, one of the best floorball players in the world. His last season? Incredible: world champions with Finland and Finnish champion with Classic (with which he also won the Champions Cup, the first time a non-Swedish team won the cup). Now, he’s ready for his second move to Switzerland.
It started at FC Vaajakoski (FCV), where Pylsy grew up. in 2008, when he was 18, he moved to Happee juniors. At that time, he had already won the U18 Finnish Championship with FCV. With Happee juniors, Pylsy won the U21 championships three times. However, he wasn’t the big superstar yet. “But maybe”, Pylsy says, “this is a good lesson for young players, that in juniors you don’t have to be a superstar in order to achieve the highest. If you just love something and are ready to work, then everything is possible.”
In this period, he also played regularly with the first team in the Salibandyliiga. He would play five seasons with this team in the top league and in his final season, Happee managed to win the Finnish Championship. After 156 games (regular and playoffs), 85 goals scored and 75 assists given, Joonas Pylsy figured it was time for something new: Switzerland (part 1).
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Tigers Langnau in Switzerland became Pylsy’s new club. In his first season, he played thirty games in which he scored exactly thirty times. Including his 18 assists, his total number was 48, an average of 1,6 point per game. His second season showed improvement: thirty goals again, but this time they were scored in only 24 games. Furthermore, Pylsy gave thirty assists, bringing his total amount of points to sixty, which averaged at 2,5 points per game.
“I was an important player when I moved to Switzerland.”
Debut in the Finnish national team
Around this time, Joonas Pylsy made his debut in the Finnish national team, aged 25. This might be a bit old for a debut, but Pylsy thinks there’s a link with Tigers: “I think my debut had a lot to do with my move to Switzerland. At that time, I gave everything and I had to take a bigger role in the field, because, at Happee, we won the Finnish title in 2014, so I was an important player when I moved to Switzerland. This gave me a bit more pressure, but it helped me develop as a player and this really improved my style.” (More about Pylsy’s national team career will follow in another article.)
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Back to Finland
As Pylsy had grown as a player, he decided to move back to Finland to start playing for Classic, one of the country’s biggest clubs. The team was the reigning champion and would continue to win the league: three times in a row in Pylsy’s years at Classic. The team grew stronger and Pylsy could add to it with his 176 points (86+90), in the hundred games he would play for Classic in the Salibandyliiga. At the start of 2019, Classic also managed to humiliate Storvreta in the Champions Cup final. Joonas Pylsy? He scored a hattrick. His thoughts about this game:
“It was a big game for the whole team, but also or me personally. Classic had never won the Champions Cup before, and I also had never won it. Before, it was almost always a Swedish team that won the cup and now it was us.”
Switzerland (part 2)
After having won four Finnish championships, it’s now time for Pylsy to focus on a new challenge: helping his new team Wiler-Ersigen to win the Swiss championship and the Champions Cup. He’s signed a two-year contract at Switzerland’s most successful club. The upcoming season will show us if he’ll succeed in his mission!
This article is part of a larger interview with Joonas Pylsy. In the next weeks, more articles will follow. If you have any questions to Pylsy, contact us via social media or mail.