Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Antero Lehtonen
Left-winger Antero Lehtonen played most of the 1979-80 season with the Washington Capitals. He was best known as a dangerous goal scorer in his native Finland.

Born in Tampere, Finland, Lehtonen spent several years with Tappara Tampere and TPS Turku. He was a key member of Tappara when they won the Finnish championship in 1975 and 1979. Lehtonen also leant his skills to the national team at the 1974 World Junior Championships and the World Championships in 1977, 1979 and 1981.

After being named to the Finnish first all-star team in 1979, Lehtonen signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals. He scored 21 points in 65 games and played a solid defensive role on the young club. He returned to Tappara the next season the spent time in Turku and with JYP Jyvaskyla before retiring in 1987. During his highly successful domestic career, Lehtonen topped the 20-goal mark seven times.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Tappara Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 14 18 13 31 16
1971-72 Tappara Tampere Finland 1 0 0 0 2
1972-73 Tappara Tampere Finland 36 20 5 25 23
1973-74 Tappara Tampere Finland 36 9 7 16 10
1973-74 Finland WJC-A 5 1 2 3 6
1974-75 Tappara Tampere Finland 36 26 7 33 26
1975-76 Tappara Tampere Finland 36 19 11 30 21 4 0 2 2 8
1976-77 TPS Turku Finland 36 26 12 38 12 8 4 1 5 4
1976-77 Finland Nat-Tm 14 2 2 4 0
1976-77 Finland WEC-A 9 1 1 2 6
1977-78 TPS Turku Finland 35 23 13 36 38 8 3 5 8 4
1978-79 Tappara Tampere Finland 36 35 19 54 43 10 8 5 13 6
1978-79 Finland Nat-Tm 15 3 5 8 6
1978-79 Finland WEC-A 8 3 3 6 0
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 65 9 12 21 14 -4
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 4 3 0 3 2
1980-81 Tappara Tampere Finland 27 13 7 20 24 8 7 3 10 6
1980-81 Finland Nat-Tm 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Finland WEC-A 8 0 3 3 0
1981-82 TPS Turku Finland 36 14 8 22 35 7 2 1 3 6
1982-83 TPS Turku Finland 36 11 10 21 16 3 4 0 4 0
1983-84 TPS Turku Finland 30 8 13 21 14 9 1 1 2 4
1984-85 JyP HT Jyvaskyla Finland-2 35 35 25 60 16
1985-86 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 36 23 12 35 16
1986-87 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 39 10 8 18 20
NHL Totals 65 9 12 21 14


Finnish First All-Star Team (1979) Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 16, 1979.