Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mikko Leinonen
Centre Mikko Leinonen was a dangerous goal scorer who played 162 NHL games with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals in the 80s. He was also a top domestic and international player in his native Finland.

Born in Tampere, Finland, Leinonen spent several years with the local Tappara club as well as Karpat Oulu and Sweden's MoDo. He was part of a Finnish championship with Tappara in 1975 and represented his country at the World Junior Championships in 1974 and 1975, the 1978, 1979 and 1981 World Championships and the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980.

After playing for Finland at the 1981 Canada Cup and being named to the Finnish first all-star team, Leinonen registered 31 points in 53 games for the Rangers as an NHL rookie. He also contributed seven points in as many playoff games while helping the Blueshirts reach the semifinals. In 1982-83 the tricky veteran recorded 51 points while forming a useful line with Ron Duguay and Chris Kontos. He started the next year in the minors but returned to average nearly a point per game late in the season and helped the Rangers come close to upsetting the Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders in the playoffs. He signed with the Capitals prior to the 1984-85 season but only played three games for the club before returning to Finland. Leinonen retired in 1986 after playing two years with Karpat Oulu.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Tappara Tampere Finland 35 26 13 39 30
1973-74 Finland WJC-A 5 4 1 5 2
1974-75 Tappara Tampere Finland 34 17 11 28 14
1974-75 Finland WJC-A 5 0 3 3 2
1975-76 Tappara Tampere Finland 36 23 24 47 42 4 1 1 2 8
1976-77 Tappara Tampere Finland 33 23 24 47 43 6 7 4 11 6
1977-78 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 19 25 44 51 2 0 0 0 4
1977-78 Finland WEC-A 8 0 1 1 4
1978-79 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 10 19 29 32 6 2 7 9 4
1978-79 Finland WEC-A 8 1 1 2 4
1979-80 Karpat Oulu Finland 36 32 20 52 40 6 2 2 4 4
1979-80 Finland Olympics 7 6 4 10 0
1980-81 Karpat Oulu Finland 36 16 36 52 43 12 3 7 10 14
1980-81 Finland WEC-A 8 5 3 8 2
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 0
1981-82 New York Rangers DN-Cup 4 2 1 3
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 53 11 20 31 18 +2 7 1 6 7 20
1981-82 Springfield Indians AHL 6 4 2 6 2
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 78 17 34 51 23 +12 7 1 3 4 4
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 28 3 23 26 28 +4 5 0 2 2 4
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 33 15 23 38 38
1984-85 Karpat Oulu Finland 35 19 15 34 70 7 2 3 5 6
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 3 0 1 1 2 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Karpat Oulu Finland 36 6 17 23 40 5 1 1 2 0
1986-87 KalPa Kuopio Finland 8 4 0 4 30
1986-87 KalPa Kuopio Finland-Q 6 2 3 5 2
NHL Totals 162 31 78 109 71 20 2 11 13 28


Finnish First All-Star Team (1981) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 8, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Washington, March 13, 1985.