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Finland Reijo Ruotsalainen

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Database: 945 113 players
Last added: Cole Heanssler
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Kristian Jakobsson 45 27 40 67
2. David Morley 44 18 47 65
3. Viktor Granholm 45 33 19 52
4. Patrick Thoresen 37 20 32 52
5. Patrick Newell 42 21 30 51
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
D
Age
62
Height
5'8" / 173 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
165 lbs / 75 kg
Nation
Shoots
R
Youth Team
Status
Retired
Highlights
1-time Olympic Silver Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Silver Medal 1
2-time Liiga All-Star Team 2
2-time Liiga Best Defenseman (Pekka Rautakallio Award) 2
1-time Liiga Champion 1
2-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion 2
3-time NL Champion 3
1-time U20 WJC All-Star Team 1
1-time U20 WJC Best Defenseman 1

Father: Reino Ruotsalainen
Son: Antti Ruotsalainen

Team Staff profile of Reijo Ruotsalainen also available
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1974-75 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 4 6 8 14 2 - |
1975-76 Kärpät I-divisioona 34 9 15 24 12 - |
Finland U19 EJC-19 3 1 0 1 0 - |
1976-77 Kärpät I-divisioona 36 23 35 58 14 - | Qualification 6 2 6 8 0 -
Finland U18 EJC-18 2 0 2 2 0 - |
Finland U20 WJC-20 7 2 3 5 6 - |
1977-78 Kärpät SM-liiga 30 9 14 23 4 -6 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 6 3 3 6 2 - |
Finland WC 10 2 0 2 2 - |
1978-79 Kärpät SM-liiga 36 14 8 22 47 -3 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 6 0 3 3 0 - |
Finland WC 6 2 0 2 0 - |
1979-80 Kärpät SM-liiga 30 15 13 28 31 20 | Playoffs 6 5 2 7 0 -
Finland U20 WJC-20 5 4 3 7 2 - |
1980-81 Kärpät SM-liiga 34 28 23 51 28 37 | Playoffs 12 7 4 11 6 -
Finland WC 8 3 2 5 4 - |
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 78 18 38 56 27 18 | Playoffs 10 4 5 9 2 -
Finland CC 5 0 1 1 2 - |
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 77 16 53 69 22 27 | Playoffs 9 4 2 6 6 -
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 74 20 39 59 26 17 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2 2 -
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 80 28 45 73 32 -27 | Playoffs 3 2 0 2 6 -
Finland WC 10 0 4 4 6 0 |
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 80 17 42 59 47 22 | Playoffs 16 0 8 8 6 -
1986-87 SC Bern NLA 35 26 27 53 27 - |
Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 5 8 13 6 8 | Playoffs 21 2 5 7 10 -
1987-88 HV71 Elitserien 40 10 22 32 26 - | Playoffs 2 0 1 1 2 -
Finland CC 4 0 0 0 2 -2 |
Finland OG 8 4 2 6 0 10 |
1988-89 SC Bern NLA 36 17 29 46 46 - | Playoffs 11 4 7 11 22 -
Finland WC 10 2 4 6 6 12 |
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 31 2 5 7 14 -4 |
Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 1 7 8 6 -1 | Playoffs 22 2 11 13 12 13
1990-91 SC Bern NLA 36 13 25 38 20 - | Playoffs 10 5 8 13 10 -
1991-92 SC Bern NLA 35 7 16 23 24 - | Playoffs 11 4 6 10 4 -
1992-93 SC Bern NLA 31 7 15 22 42 - | Playoffs 5 0 3 3 29 -
1993-94 Kärpät I-divisioona 4 1 5 6 6 12 |
Tappara SM-liiga 6 2 4 6 2 -1 | Playoffs 9 1 2 3 4 -8
1994-95 SC Bern NLA 19 3 7 10 20 - | Playoffs 6 1 5 6 4 -
1995-96 KalPa SM-liiga 16 3 5 8 4 4 |
Zürcher SC NLA 18 4 11 15 4 - |
1996-97 Kärpät I-divisioona 17 1 5 6 14 - | Playoffs 9 0 4 4 0 -
1997-98 Kärpät I-divisioona 44 8 23 31 42 - | Playoffs 14 2 6 8 10 -
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
1998-99 Miami Matadors ECHL Asst. Coach
1999-00 New Orleans Brass ECHL Asst. Coach
2000-01 New Orleans Brass ECHL Asst. Coach
2001-02 Kärpät SM-liiga Asst. Coach
2002-03 Kärpät SM-liiga Asst. Coach
2003-04 Kärpät SM-liiga Asst. Coach
2006-07 Jukurit Mestis Head Coach Replaced by Pekka Lipiäinen midseason
2007-08 EC Salzburg EBEL Asst. Coach
2008-09 EC Salzburg EBEL Asst. Coach
2009-10 EC Salzburg EBEL Asst. Coach
2010-11 EC Salzburg EBEL Asst. Coach
2011-12 EC Salzburg EBEL Asst. Coach
2013-14 Kölner Haie DEL Asst. Coach
2018-19 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis Head Coach Replaced Simo Mälkiä on Jan 28
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
CC 2 9 0 1 1 0.11 4 -2 | 0
EJC-18 1 2 0 2 2 1.00 0 - | 0
EJC-19 1 3 1 0 1 0.33 0 - | 0
I-divisioona 5 135 42 83 125 0.93 88 12 | 3 29 4 16 20 0.69 10 -
SM-liiga (Liiga) 6 152 71 67 138 0.91 116 51 | 3 27 13 8 21 0.78 10 -8
NHL 7 446 107 237 344 0.77 180 60 | 7 86 15 32 47 0.55 44 13
NLA (NL) 7 210 77 130 207 0.99 183 - | 5 43 14 29 43 1.00 69 -
OG 1 8 4 2 6 0.75 0 10 | 0
Elitserien (SHL) 1 40 10 22 32 0.80 26 - | 1 2 0 1 1 0.50 2 -
U16 SM-sarja 1 4 6 8 14 3.50 2 - | 0
WC 5 44 9 10 19 0.43 18 12 | 0
WJC-20 4 24 9 12 21 0.88 10 - | 0
* Some data is missing to provide a correct summary.
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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Juha Tuohimaa (D) 1975-1982 7 Finland, Finland, Kärpät
Kai Suikkanen (F) 1974-1988 7 Finland, Finland U18, Finland U20, Kärpät, Kärpät U16
Mikko Leinonen (F) 1977-1984 7 Finland, Finland, Kärpät, New York Rangers
Jari Kurri (F) 1978-1990 7 Edmonton Oilers, Finland, Finland, Finland U20

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