Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mikko Makela
Born in Tampere, Finland, Makela starred on the local Ilves team in the Finnish Elite League. He also represented his country at the 1984 and 1985 World Junior Championships and the World Championships in 1985. Makela was particularly strong in 1985 when he scored 13 points in seven games and was placed on the tournament all-star team. The New York Islanders who claimed him 66th overall at the 1983 Entry Draft noticed the gifted youngster.

The talented forward scored 16 goals as a rookie in 1985-86 and showed an ability to play solid defensive hockey. The next year he notched 24 goals and helped the Isles reach the Patrick Division finals. Makela's finest year was 1987-88 when he played on Team Finland at the Canada Cup and then recorded personal bests of 36 goals and 76 points. During the late '80s, the Islanders declined and Makela found himself traded to the L.A. Kings. Prior to the 1990-91 season, the tricky winger was sent to the Buffalo Sabres where he scored 15 goals and was utilized in a checking role much of the time.

Makela returned to Finland with TPS Turku in 1991-92 and promptly led the league with 70 points in 44 games and was named the top player in the country. The respected veteran also played for his country at the 1992 Albertville Olympics and helped them win silver at the World Championships a few weeks later. Two years later, he moved to Sweden's Malmo IF then helped Finland win bronze at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics and silver at that year's World Championships.

In July 1994, Makela decided to return to the NHL as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. His second stint in the league was delayed by the owner's lockout so he competed for his old Ilves club. Makela did not see much ice time with the Bruins in 1995 and ended up joining Dusseldorfer EG the next season. After two years in the Bundesliga, Makela returned to Sweden with Sodertalje in 1997-98.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Finland EJC-A 5 3 0 3 4
1982-83 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 23 29 11 40 28 4 2 5 7 2
1982-83 Finland EJC-A 5 1 3 4 8
1983-84 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Ilves Tampere Finland 35 17 11 28 26 2 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Finland WJC-A 7 1 2 3 0
1984-85 Ilves Tampere Finland 36 34 25 59 24 9 4 7 11 10
1984-85 Finland WJC-A 7 11 2 13 6
1984-85 Finland WEC-A 8 2 2 4 2
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 58 16 20 36 28 +12
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 2 1 1 2 0
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 80 24 33 57 24 +3 11 2 4 6 8
1987-88 Finland Can-Cup 5 1 1 2 12
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 73 36 40 76 22 +14 6 1 4 5 6
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 76 17 28 45 22 -16
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 20 2 3 5 2 -10
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 7 14 21 16 -4 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 15 7 22 25 -2
1991-92 TPS Turku Finland 44 25 45 70 38 3 2 3 5 0
1991-92 Finland Olympics 5 3 3 6 0
1991-92 Finland WC-A 8 2 8 10 0
1992-93 TPS Turku Finland 38 17 27 44 22 11 4 8 12 0
1993-94 Malmo IF Sweden 37 15 21 36 20 11 4 7 11 2
1993-94 Finland Olympics 8 2 3 5 4
1993-94 Finland WC-A 8 5 4 9 6
1994-95 Ilves Tampere Finland 18 3 11 14 4
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 11 1 2 3 0 0
1994-95 Providence Bruins AHL 7 2 4 6 2
1995-96 Dusseldorfer EG Germany 47 17 37 54 16 13 0 14 14 12
1996-97 Dusseldorfer EG Germany 40 4 14 18 0 4 1 1 2 0
1997-98 Sodertalje SK Sweden 25 2 11 13 14
1998-99 Tappara Tampere Finland 41 4 6 10 14
NHL Totals 423 118 147 265 139 18 3 8 11 14


WJC-A All-Star Team (1985)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1985, 1992)
Finnish Player of the Year (1992)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders for Ken Baumgartner and Hubie McDonough, November 29, 1989. Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles for Mike Donnelly, September 30, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 18, 1994.
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