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Timo Jutila

Born December 24, 1963 in Tampere, Finland. Defenseman. Timo Jutila's playing career lasted from 1980 until 1999, during which time he played for Tappara Tampere in the Finnish Hockey League, the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, the Rochester Americans in the AHL, Lulea Hockey in Sweden and SC Bern in Switzerland. An outstanding career in Finland was highlighted with five national championship titles, and 561 games played in which Jutila racked up an amazing 435 points, not including the 50 points in 81 playoff games. Individually, he was a five time all-star and in 1988 was voted as the league's Best Defenseman. Jutila also excelled at the national team level, representing Finland in two IIHF World Junior Championships earning a silver and a bronze medal in 1981 and 1982 respectively, three Olympic Winter Games in 1984, 1992 and in 1994 where he took home a bronze medal. During his eight IIHF World Championship tournaments, Jutila won two silver medals, but more importantly, he was an instrumental part of Finland's first ever IIHF World Championship gold medal winning team back in 1995. In his 246 national team games which also included two Canada Cup appearances, Jutila scored 128 points and served as the team captain for much of his career. He was also nominated to the IIHF World Championship All-Star Team in 1992, 1994 and 1995. Jutila is currently a board member of the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum.

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