Winger Jarkko Varvio made a splash on the global hockey stage when he scored 9 goals in 8 games during the 1992 World Championships. This flash of offensive production was enough to make him the first choice of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. After another year of playing in Finland he came to North America. Varvio's first pro season was spent in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, but he also surfaced at the NHL level for short stint as well.
Varvio suited up for the Stars, who were now playing out of Dallas, for 8 games. In that time he was able to chip in 2 goals and 3 assists in that time. The following year Varvio played five more games and provided two more points. He also had stops back in Kalamazoo and Finland that campaign.
The next three seasons Varvio played in his homeland then he moved on to the Swedish Elite League in 1998 for parts of two seasons. His tour of Europe continued in the midway point of the 1999-2000 season when he left Sweden to play in Switzerland. In 2000-01 Jarkko Varvio played his final season and he elected to do so back in Finland. Varvio scored 15 goals and 27 points in 52 games with TPS Turku before retiring from the game.