Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jani Rita
Jani Rita grew up in Helsinki, Finland, and played for local Jokerit in the Finnish Hockey League. The left winger caught the eye of Edmonton Oiler scouts, who picked Rita with their first selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After another year developing in Helsinki, Rita moved to North America and joined Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Hamilton in 2001-02.

Although he spent the majority of the 2001-02 season in Hamilton, Rita went on to make his NHL debut in the latter stages of the season. Over the course of the next four seasons, Rita continued to hone his skills in the AHL, while seeing limited action with Edmonton.

During the lock-out year of 2004-05, Rita returned to his homeland before returning to join the Oilers on a regular basis in 2005-06. However, the Helsinki, Finland native would play a mere 21 games with the Oilers before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in January, 2006.

On the international stage, Rita is a two-time member of Finland's World Junior team (2000-2001) and a member of its World Championship team in 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Jokerit Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 5 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 27 22 7 29 4
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 7 7 4 11 2
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 36 15 9 24 2 8 4 1 5 0
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Finland EJC-A 6 2 3 5 6
1998-99 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 20 9 13 22 8 6 1 1 2 8
1998-99 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 41 3 2 5 39
1998-99 Jokerit Helsinki EuroHL 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Finland WJC-A 6 1 1 2 2
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 1 0 1 0
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 49 6 3 9 10 11 1 0 1 0
1999-00 Finland WJC-A 7 0 3 3 0 -1
2000-01 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 3 2 5 0
2000-01 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 50 5 10 15 18 5 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Finland WJC-A 7 8 1 9 0 +5
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 76 25 17 42 32 -10 15 8 4 12 0
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 3 1 4 0 +2
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 64 21 27 48 18 +12 23 3 4 7 2
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 64 17 24 41 18 +7 1 1 0 1 0
2004-05 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 56 21 18 39 12 10 7 4 11 4
2004-05 Finland WC-A 7 0 2 2 6 +2
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 3 0 3 6 0
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 3 4 7 4 -6
2005-06 Finland WC-A 6 1 0 1 0 +1
2006-07 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 56 32 20 52 28 10 6 1 7 2
2007-08 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 37 10 10 20 16 14 6 4 10 0
2008-09 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 58 14 16 30 12 5 0 2 2 0
2009-10 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 58 13 15 28 26 3 0 2 2 27
2010-11 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 8 2 0 2 2 7 0 1 1 2
2011-12 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 60 17 14 31 20 10 0 2 2 4
2012-13 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 50 11 5 16 6 6 1 1 2 2
2013-14 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 60 11 10 21 6 2 1 0 1 2
2014-15 Jokerit Helsinki (FIN) KHL 34 3 2 5 8 4 0 0 0 2
2015-16 Jokerit Helsinki (FIN) KHL 56 3 5 8 28 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 66 9 5 14 10


Signed as a free agent by Hameenlinna (Finland), August 17, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton with Cory Cross for Dick Tarnstrom, January 26, 2006.
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