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Finland REIJO RUOTSALAINEN  
Last team: Kärpät - 1998

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BIRTHYEAR 1960-04-01 BIRTHPLACEOulu, FIN
AGE 60 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 173 cm / 5'8" WEIGHT 75 kg / 165 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Kärpät STATUS Retired
NHL DRAFT 1980 round 6 #119 overall by New York Rangers
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time Olympic Silver Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Silver Medal 1
2-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion 2
1-time SM-liiga Champion 1

Father: Reino Ruotsalainen

Team Staff profile of Reijo Ruotsalainen also available

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1974-75 Kärpät U16 U16 SM-sarja 4 6 8142 |            
 1975-76 Kärpät I-divisioona 34 9 152412 |            
  Finland U19 EJC-19 3 1 010 |            
 1976-77 Kärpät I-divisioona 36 23 355814 | Qualification 6 2 680  
  Finland U18 EJC-18 2 0 220 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 2 356 |            
 1977-78 Kärpät Liiga 30 9 14234 -6 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 3 362 |            
  Finland WC 10 2 022 |            
 1978-79 Kärpät Liiga 36 14 82247 -3 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 0 330 |            
  Finland WC 6 2 020 |            
 1979-80 Kärpät Liiga 30 15 132831 20 | Playoffs 6 5 270  
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 4 372 |            
 1980-81 Kärpät Liiga 34 28 235128 37 | Playoffs 12 7 4116  
  Finland WC 8 3 254 |            
 1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 78 18 385627 18 | Playoffs 10 4 592  
  Finland CC 5 0 112 |            
 1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 77 16 536922 27 | Playoffs 9 4 266  
 1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 74 20 395926 17 | Playoffs 5 1 122  
 1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 80 28 457332 -27 | Playoffs 3 2 026  
  Finland WC 10 0 446 0 |            
 1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 80 17 425947 22 | Playoffs 16 0 886  
 1986-87 SC Bern NL 35 26 275327 |            
  Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 5 8136 8 | Playoffs 21 2 5710  
 1987-88 HV71 SHL 40 10 223226 | Playoffs 2 0 112  
  Finland CC 4 0 002 -2 |            
  Finland OG 8 4 260 10 |            
 1988-89 SC Bern NL 36 17 294646 | Playoffs 11 4 71122  
  Finland WC 10 2 466 12 |            
 1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 31 2 5714 -4 |            
  Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 1 786 -1 | Playoffs 22 2 111312 13 
 1990-91 SC Bern NL 36 13 253820 | Playoffs 10 5 81310  
 1991-92 SC Bern NL 35 7 162324 | Playoffs 11 4 6104  
 1992-93 SC Bern NL 31 7 152242 | Playoffs 5 0 3329  
 1993-94 Kärpät I-divisioona 4 1 566 12 |            
  Tappara Liiga 6 2 462 -1 | Playoffs 9 1 234 -8 
 1994-95 SC Bern NL 19 3 71020 | Playoffs 6 1 564  
 1995-96 KalPa Liiga 16 3 584 4 |            
  Zürcher SC NL 18 4 11154 |            
 1996-97 Kärpät I-divisioona 17 1 5614 | Playoffs 9 0 440  
 1997-98 Kärpät I-divisioona 44 8 233142 | Playoffs 14 2 6810  


TEAM STAFF HISTORY
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE ROLE ON TEAM NOTES
 1998-1999 Miami Matadors ECHLAsst. Coach  
 1999-2000 New Orleans Brass ECHLAsst. Coach  
 2000-2001 New Orleans Brass ECHLAsst. Coach  
 2001-2002 Kärpät LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2002-2003 Kärpät LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2003-2004 Kärpät LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2006-2007 Jukurit MestisHead Coach Replaced by Pekka Lipiäinen midseason  
 2007-2008 EC Salzburg ICEHLAsst. Coach  
 2008-2009 EC Salzburg ICEHLAsst. Coach  
 2009-2010 EC Salzburg ICEHLAsst. Coach  
 2010-2011 EC Salzburg ICEHLAsst. Coach  
 2011-2012 EC Salzburg ICEHLAsst. Coach  
 2013-2014 Kölner Haie DELAsst. Coach  
 2018-2019 Kiekko-Vantaa MestisHead Coach Replaced Simo Mälkiä on Jan 28  


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  CC: 9 0 1 1 0.11 -2  |    
  EJC-18: 2 0 2 2 1.00 |    
  EJC-19: 3 1 0 1 0.33 |    
  I-divisioona: 135 42 83 125 0.93 88  12  | 29 4 16 20 0.69 10 
  Liiga: 152 71 67 138 0.91 116  51  | 27 13 8 21 0.78 10  -8 
  NHL: 446 107 237 344 0.77 180  60  | 86 15 32 47 0.55 44  13 
  NL: 210 77 130 207 0.99 183  | 43 14 29 43 1.00 69 
  OG: 8 4 2 6 0.75 10  |    
  SHL: 40 10 22 32 0.80 26  | 2 0 1 1 0.50
  U16 SM-sarja: 4 6 8 14 3.50 |    
  WC: 44 9 10 19 0.43 18  12  |    
  WJC-20: 24 9 12 21 0.88 10  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1974-1975 U16 SM-sarja All-Star Team
1979-1980 SM-liiga All-Star Team
  SM-liiga Best Defenseman (Pekka Rautakallio Award)
  U20 WJC All-Star Team
  U20 WJC Best Defenseman
  U20 WJC Silver Medal
1980-1981 SM-liiga All-Star Team
  SM-liiga Best Defenseman (Pekka Rautakallio Award)
  SM-liiga Champion
  SM-liiga Most Assists by Defenseman (23)
  SM-liiga Most Game-Winning Goals (6)
  SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) (28)
  SM-liiga Most Points by Defenseman (51)
  SM-liiga Most Power Play Goals (12)
  SM-liiga Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (7)
  SM-liiga Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman (11)
1986-1987 NHL Stanley Cup Champion
  NL Most Goals by Defenseman (26)
  NL Most Points by Defenseman (53)
1987-1988 Olympic Silver Medal
1988-1989 NL Champion (Bern)
  NL Most Assists by Defenseman (29)
  NL Most Points by Defenseman (46)
1989-1990 NHL Stanley Cup Champion
1990-1991 NL All-Star Team
  NL Champion (Bern)
  NL Most Assists by Defenseman (25)
  NL Most Points by Defenseman (38)
1991-1992 NL Champion (Bern)
1997-1998 Finland2 (I-divisioona) Best Plus/Minus (+25)
1999-2000 Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame (Jääkiekkoleijona) (#122)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Finland2 (I-divisioona) Best Plus/Minus 97/98
- Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame (Jääkiekkoleijona) 99/00
- NHL Stanley Cup Champion 86/87, 89/90
- NL All-Star Team 90/91
- NL Champion 88/89, 90/91, 91/92
- NL Most Assists by Defenseman 90/91, 88/89
- NL Most Goals by Defenseman 86/87
- NL Most Points by Defenseman 90/91, 88/89, 86/87
- Olympic Silver Medal 87/88
- SM-liiga All-Star Team 80/81, 79/80
- SM-liiga Best Defenseman (Pekka Rautakallio Award) 79/80, 80/81
- SM-liiga Champion 80/81
- SM-liiga Most Assists by Defenseman 80/81
- SM-liiga Most Game-Winning Goals 80/81
- SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) 80/81
- SM-liiga Most Points by Defenseman 80/81
- SM-liiga Most Power Play Goals 80/81
- SM-liiga Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman 80/81
- SM-liiga Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman 80/81
- U16 SM-sarja All-Star Team 74/75
- U20 WJC All-Star Team 79/80
- U20 WJC Best Defenseman 79/80
- U20 WJC Silver Medal 79/80



MEDIA AND ARTICLES
DATE ARTICLE WEBSITE
2016-01-31 Old School Hockey - Reijo Ruotsalainen Hockeysverige.se


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Number 10 retired by Kärpät
Cult/Star player for HV71
Cult/Star player for Kärpät
Cult/Star player for New York Rangers
Cult/Star player for Bern
Cult/Star player for Finland
Cult/Star player for Edmonton Oilers