Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony Salmelainen
Tony Salmelainen was born August 8, 1981 in Espoo, Finland. The third choice, 41st overall selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Salmelainen is a graduate of the Finnish Junior and Elite Leagues.

After four seasons in Finland, Salmelainen made his North American debut in 2002-03 with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, tallying 33 points (14-19-33) in 67 games before making his NHL debut with Edmonton in 2003-04. Although he spent the majority of the year with the AHL's Toronto Roadrunners, Salmelainen saw action in 13 games with the Oilers.

During the lock-out year of 2004-05, Salmelainen continued to hone his skills in the AHL with the Edmonton Roadrunners, before opting to return to native homeland for the 2005-06 season. While putting up some impressive numbers in Finland, the Oilers opted to trade the dimunitive forward to the Chicago Blackhawks in January, 2006 for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.

After appearing in 57 games with the struggling Blackhawks, Salmelainen was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens with teammate Jassen Cullimore in exchange for Sergei Samsonov. He would never appear in the Habs line-up and later sign a one year, two way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in August, 2007.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Kiekko-Espoo U18 Fin-U18 30 8 5 13 38
1997-98 Kiekko-Espoo U18 Fin-U18 5 2 2 4 10
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 28 23 16 39 30
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Finland EJC-A 6 1 1 2 0
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 6 5 4 9 16 2 1 2 3 12
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 31 23 18 41 55
1998-99 Finland WJ18-A 6 1 2 3 8
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 1 1 0
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 1 1 0 1 0
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki EuroHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 3 3 6 0
2000-01 HIFK Helsinki Finland 19 1 0 1 6
2000-01 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 1 2 3 2
2000-01 Ilves Tampere Finland 26 3 10 13 4 3 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Finland WJC-A 7 3 2 5 6 +4
2001-02 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 6 0 6 0
2001-02 Ilves Tampere Finland 49 10 9 19 32 3 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 14 19 33 14 +17 17 6 8 14 0
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 0 1 1 4 -1
2003-04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 58 19 25 44 27 +11 3 0 1 1 0
2004-05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 76 22 24 46 26 +9
2005-06 HIFK Helsinki Finland 53 27 28 55 63 12 4 2 6 36
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 6 11 17 26 -3
2007-08 Toronto Marlies AHL 2 2 0 2 0 +1
2007-08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 29 3 4 7 2 16 0 0 0 6
2008-09 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 29 16 12 28 28 4 1 2 3 2
2009-10 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 50 25 28 53 14 18 12 10 22 33
2010-11 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 43 10 11 21 34 6 1 4 5 4
2011-12 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 30 9 14 23 6
2012-13 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 7 1 3 4 4 7 2 0 2 10
2013-14 HIFK Helsinki Finland 7 3 2 5 2
NHL Totals 70 6 12 18 30


Traded to Chicago by Edmonton for Jaroslav Spacek, January 26, 2006. Traded to Montreal by Chicago with Jassen Cullimore for Sergei Samsonov, June 16, 2007.Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 31, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), November 5, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, November 6, 2013.
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