Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kari Jalonen
Kari Jalonen was a lanky 6'3" centre who used his reach to became an effective passer and faceoff man. He played briefly with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers in the early 1980s but was best known as a fine player on the Finnish national team and in its elite division.

Born in Oulu, Finland, Jalonen spent eight years playing for the Karpat club in his hometown. After scoring 26 points in 36 games, he was named the Finnish rookie-of-the-year in 1979. He was a key member of the country's World Junior Championship entries in 1979 and 1980, winning the silver medal in the latter.

Jalonen represented Finland at the World Championships six times between 1981 and 1989 and was a member of the 1991 Canada Cup team. In 1986 he helped the team win the bronze medal at the world tourney.

He signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames in January 1982 and debuted with the team the following season. Jalonen scored nine goals in 25 games that year but was homesick and played only briefly with the Flames and Oilers after that. Rejuvenated, he excelled with Karpat Oulu and led the Finnish league in points once (1987) and assists on two occasions (1987, 1989). He was also selected as a first-team all-star in 1987 and 1989.

Jalonen later played with the TPS Turku club and helped them win four championships in five seasons between 1989 and 1993. He also played for Skelleftea, Jurkarat Lukko Rauma before retiring in 1995.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 24 21 10 31 32 6 4 3 7 6
1977-78 Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 23 23 18 41 52
1977-78 Finland EJC-A 5 2 2 4 2
1978-79 Karpat Oulu Finland 36 13 13 26 30
1978-79 Karpat Oulu Finland-Q 6 3 4 7 6
1978-79 Finland WJC-A 6 3 3 6 2
1979-80 Karpat Oulu Finland 28 23 24 47 16 6 3 5 8 2
1979-80 Finland WJC-A 5 3 5 8 0
1980-81 Karpat Oulu Finland 35 16 34 50 22 12 7 14 21 20
1980-81 Finland Nat-Tm 16 5 1 6 10
1980-81 Finland WEC-A 8 4 3 7 5
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 4
1981-82 Karpat Oulu Finland 33 21 26 47 24 3 2 5 7 2
1981-82 Finland Nat-Tm 16 5 1 6 10
1981-82 Finland WEC-A 7 3 4 7 0
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 25 9 3 12 4 +8 5 1 0 1 0
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 33 12 32 44 8
1982-83 Finland WEC-A 6 3 2 5 0
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 3 3 0 -1
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -2
1983-84 Karpat Oulu Finland 14 6 15 21 17 10 5 12 17 10
1984-85 HIFK Helsinki Finland 21 9 9 18 10
1984-85 Finland Nat-Tm 4 0 3 3 0
1985-86 Karpat Oulu Finland 36 19 35 54 46 5 2 3 5 14
1985-86 Finland Nat-Tm 11 2 5 7 10
1985-86 Finland WEC-A 9 4 6 10 6
1986-87 Karpat Oulu Finland 44 29 64 93 30 9 3 7 10 12
1986-87 Finland Nat-Tm 17 2 2 4 6
1986-87 Finland WEC-A 10 2 3 5 0
1987-88 Skelleftea HC Sweden 22 9 18 27 16
1987-88 Skelleftea HC Sweden-Q 16 9 15 24 17 5 5 4 9 6
1987-88 Finland Nat-Tm 9 2 3 5 4
1988-89 TPS Turku Finland 44 18 56 74 40 10 4 14 18 8
1988-89 Finland Nat-Tm 13 5 4 9 4
1988-89 Finland WEC-A 10 5 9 14 0
1989-90 TPS Turku Finland 37 19 31 50 12 9 5 8 13 10
1989-90 Finland Nat-Tm 8 1 1 2 2
1990-91 TPS Turku Finland 26 4 22 26 18 9 3 4 7 2
1990-91 Finland Nat-Tm 5 1 2 3 0
1991-92 TPS Turku Finland 44 10 21 31 8 3 0 1 1 0
1992-93 Junkkarit Kalajoki Finland-2 26 21 45 66 28
1992-93 TPS Turku Finland 6 0 0 0 6 9 2 3 5 2
1993-94 Karpat Oulu Finland-2 28 21 46 67 22
1993-94 Lukko Rauma Finland 18 3 10 13 2 9 1 2 3 4
1994-95 Les Dragons Rouen HC France 23 16 18 34 4 8 5 13 18 4
1995-96 Les Dragons Rouen HC France 18 8 26 34 27 5 4 4 8 0
NHL Totals 37 9 6 15 4 5 1 0 1 0


Finnish Rookie of the Year (1979)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1987, 1989)
Signed as a free agent by Calgary, January 21, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, December, 1983.