Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tommi Santala
Tommi Santala was born June 27, 1979 in Helsinki, Finland. The ninth round, 245th overall selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Santala honed his skills in the Finnish Junior and Elite Leagues before making his North American debut in 2003-04.

An offensively gifted forward, Santala played nine seasons in Finland and was a member of its 2003 World Championship team and was instrumental in leading Finland to a Gold Medal at the 2002 Karlja Cup where he was named a Second Team All-Star. In 2003-04, Santala split his first season in North American between the Thrashers and the teams AHL affiliate in Chicago.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Jokerit Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 25 8 4 12 12 6 1 2 3 4
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 30 13 19 32 64
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 20 0 2 2 10 5 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 36 10 28 38 48 8 0 1 1 4
1998-99 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 30 20 24 44 20 8 1 3 4 22
1998-99 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 30 0 0 0 14 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Jokerit Helsinki EuroHL 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Finland WJC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 6 4 10 4
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 14 0 1 1 2
1999-00 HPK Hameenlinna Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 7 3 10 4
1999-00 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 38 8 19 27 63 8 3 4 7 10
2000-01 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 56 16 24 40 90
2001-02 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 17 6 16 22 14
2002-03 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 50 13 38 51 92 13 6 6 12 18
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 0 1 1 6 +1
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 33 1 2 3 22 -7
2003-04 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 15 22 37 34 +1 10 1 6 7 31
2004-05 Chicago Wolves AHL 67 8 40 48 83 +12 18 5 6 11 42
2005-06 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 43 9 23 32 80
2005-06 Finland WC-A 1 0 0 0 2 0
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 1 5 6 24 0 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Manitoba Moose AHL 6 0 3 3 8 0
2007-08 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 56 28 30 58 82 13 4 12 16 18
2008-09 Kloten Flyers Swiss 50 13 35 48 96 15 4 5 9 18
2008-09 Finland WC-A 7 0 0 0 4 0
2009-10 Kloten Flyers Swiss 47 17 32 49 59 10 4 5 9 20
2009-10 Finland WC-A 6 0 0 0 4 -3
2010-11 Kloten Flyers Swiss 49 10 36 46 78 16 4 7 11 32
2011-12 Kloten Flyers Swiss 47 9 35 44 46 5 1 2 3 4
2012-13 Kloten Flyers Swiss 45 11 27 38 62 1 1 0 1 0
2013-14 Kloten Flyers Swiss 39 14 25 39 44 16 5 9 14 22
NHL Totals 63 2 7 9 46 1 0 0 0 0


Assigned to Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) by Atlanta, October 5, 2005. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta with Atlanta's 5th round choice (Charles-Antoine Messier) in 2007 Entry Draft for Atlanta's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Niklas Lucenius) in 2007 Entry Draft, June 14, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to a knee injury at Vancouver, December 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 5, 2007.