Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tapio Levo
Defenceman Tapio Levo played briefly with the Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils in the early 80s. He was better known as a domestic and international player in his native Finland.

Born in Pori, Finland, Levo played his first game with the local Assat club in 1972-73. This began a long association with the club which lasted until the end of the 1988089 season. Along the way he was one of the top offensive rearguards in the country and was a key part of Assat Pori's national championship in 1978.

Internationally, Levo made his first international appearance for Finland at the 1975 World Championships. He later played on five Finnish teams at the World Championships as well as the Canada Cup in 1976 and 1981. The slick blueliner was also named to the Finnish first all-star team in 1984 and 1985.

Levo's NHL career materialized after he signed with the Colorado Rockies in July, 1981. He scored 22 points in 34 games as an NHL rookie on the weak club in 1981-82. In the off-season his rights were transferred to the New Jersey Devils after the Colorado franchise relocated. Levo scored 47 points for the club but still finished with a plus/minus rating of -41 on the defensively horrid Devils. He returned to Finland the next season and played six more years with Assat Pori before retiring in 1989.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Assat Pori Finland 1 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Assat Pori Finland 10 0 0 0 4
1974-75 Assat Pori Finland 36 5 2 7 48
1974-75 Finland WJC-A 5 1 2 3 7
1975-76 Assat Pori Finland 36 12 8 20 47 4 0 1 1 6
1975-76 Finland WEC-A 10 1 0 1 6
1976-77 Finland Can-Cup 4 1 2 3 2
1976-77 Assat Pori Finland 36 12 7 19 34
1977-78 Assat Pori Finland 36 8 11 19 32 9 2 1 3 12
1977-78 Finland WEC-A 10 2 0 2 2
1978-79 Assat Pori Finland 36 15 6 21 34 8 7 2 9 20
1979-80 Assat Pori Finland 30 11 9 20 55 7 6 3 9 4
1979-80 Finland Olympics 4 1 4 5 2
1980-81 Assat Pori Finland 36 16 7 23 38 2 1 1 2 4
1980-81 Finland WEC-A 8 4 4 8 10
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 2
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 34 9 13 22 14 -13
1981-82 Finland WEC-A 7 2 1 3 4
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 7 40 47 22 -41
1982-83 Finland WEC-A 10 4 1 5 6
1983-84 Assat Pori Finland 34 9 20 29 52 9 4 7 11 16
1984-85 Assat Pori Finland 36 20 22 42 26 8 1 3 4 16
1985-86 Assat Pori Finland 35 15 20 35 34
1986-87 Assat Pori Finland 44 22 17 39 26
1987-88 Assat Pori Finland 44 15 23 38 38
1988-89 Assat Pori Finland 43 21 21 42 28
1988-89 Assat Pori Finland-Q 5 2 0 2 8
1989-90 Assat Pori Finland-2 44 32 47 79 33 3 0 5 5 2
1990-91 Assat Pori Finland 39 10 23 33 28
1991-92 Assat Pori Finland 44 9 16 25 36 8 1 3 4 8
1992-93 Junkkarit Kalajoki Finland-2 26 11 21 32 41
1992-93 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 17 1 3 4 2 5 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 107 16 53 69 36


Finnish First All-Star Team (1984, 1985) Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 8, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982.