Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Risto Siltanen
At five foot nine and only 158 pounds, Risto Siltanen was a stand-up defenceman who was very strong and hard to move. As a result, he was often referred to by his teammates as "The Littlest Hulk."

Siltanen began playing hockey in his native Finland in 1976 on his hometown team before representing his country at the World Junior Championships for the next two years. He was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 1978 Amateur Draft but went on to sign with the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA, where he began playing in North America in the 1978-79 season.

As the Oilers were set to join the NHL, Siltanen was reclaimed by the Blues before the Expansion Draft of '79, only to be traded back to the Oilers, where he played for the next three seasons. The 1981-82 season was Siltanen's most productive in the NHL as he scored 63 points in as many games. He also represented Finland in the Canada Cup.

Siltanen was traded to the Hartford Whalers before the 1982-83 season and remained with the team until being traded midway through the 1985-86 season to the Quebec Nordiques. He played his last NHL season in 1986-87 and after two seasons of not playing Siltanen returned to Finland for the 1989-90 season. After five more years, he retired from the game, in 1997.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 35 39 17 56 40
1975-76 Finland EJC-A 4 3 0 3 0
1976-77 Ilves Tampere Finland 36 10 7 17 28
1976-77 Finland WJC-A 7 5 1 6 8
1976-77 Finland WEC-A 10 1 0 1 6
1977-78 Ilves Tampere Finland 36 7 8 15 42 7 1 1 2 10
1977-78 Finland WJC-A 4 0 3 3 4
1977-78 Finland WEC-A 10 0 3 3 6
1978-79 Ilves Tampere Finland 34 13 8 21 44
1978-79 Finland Nat-Tm 11 2 0 2 6
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 20 3 4 7 4 11 0 9 9 4
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 6 29 35 26 -9 2 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 17 36 53 54 +5 9 2 0 2 8
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 5 1 1 2 6
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 15 48 63 26 +13 5 3 2 5 10
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 74 5 25 30 28 -39
1982-83 Finland WEC-A 6 0 1 1 8
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 75 15 38 53 34 -21
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 12 33 45 30 -24
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 52 8 22 30 30 +2
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 13 2 5 7 6 -1 3 0 1 1 2
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 66 10 29 39 32 -2 13 1 9 10 8
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 6 2 4 6 6
1987-88 SC Bern Swiss 35 13 13 26 34
1988-89 Ilves Tampere Finland 43 19 20 39 32 5 2 1 3 6
1989-90 Ilves Tampere Finland 44 16 17 33 40 8 2 5 7 10
1990-91 Ilves Tampere Finland 37 11 13 24 32
1991-92 Ilves Tampere Finland 44 4 9 13 22
1992-93 TuTo Turku Finland-2 49 17 21 38 118
1993-94 TuTo Turku Finland-2 51 13 24 37 46
1994-95 TuTo Turku Finland 44 10 14 24 52
1995-96 TuTo Turku Finland 45 6 6 12 44
1995-96 TuTo Turku Finland-Q 7 4 3 7 10
1996-97 SC Bietigheim-Bissingen German-3 49 13 35 48 28
NHL Totals 562 90 265 355 266 32 6 12 18 30


WJC-A All-Star Team (1977, 1978)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1977, 1989, 1990)
Finnish Rookie of the Year (1977)
Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA), June, 1978. Reclaimed by St. Louis from Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Edmonton by St. Louis with Tom Roulston for Joe Micheletti, August 7, 1979. Traded to Hartford by Edmonton with the rights to Brent Loney for Ken Linseman and Don Nachbaur, August 19, 1982. Traded to Quebec by Hartford for John Anderson, March 8, 1986.