July 10, 1958 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars
Los Angeles Kings
Ilkka Antero Jouko Sinisalo (born July 10, 1958) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward who played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings. He is currently a scout for the Flyers.
Sinisalo played in the NHL from 1981–1992, scoring 204 goals and 426 points, mostly with the Flyers. He is ranked the all time most successful goal scorer among the European players in the history of Philadelphia Flyers. He is also ranked the fourth successful Finnish goal scorer in the NHL history, which gave him an honor to be member of the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.
When Sinisalo started his ice hockey career in 1970s, the NHL teams did not scout extensively from Finland. The first Finnish ice hockey player in NHL was Matti Hagman 1976-77 for Boston Bruins. However, the NHL scouts were so impressed by his talents that made an exception of hiring him as a free agent after his 1980-81 season in HIFK, SM-Liiga where he scored 27 goals in 36 games. He signed his first Flyers contract on February 14, 1981. Sinisalo started his first season at Flyers by making history by scoring his first NHL score against Pittsburgh Penguins. Sinisalo became the first Flyers player to score his first NHL goal on a penalty shot, and the third of five NHL players in the history. During the 1984-85 season Sinisalo become one of the Mike Keenan’s most trusted players with total 73 points in 70 games with an outstanding +32 rating. 1989-90 was Sinisalo’s last season at Flyers, which after he played one season at Minnesota North Stars and two seasons at Los Angeles Kings.
Career after retirement
After playing his last season of professional ice hockey for Kiekko-Espoo in 1995-96 in Finland he took a job as the General Manager of the club. His last season of Kiekko-Espoo GM was 1998-99. He was then hired as the European based NHL Scout by San Jose Sharks General Manager, Dean Lombardi on September 12, 1998. In July 2004, he was back in the Flyers organization as their European Scout.
His son Tomas Sinisalo is a professional ice hockey player, primarily in Finland. Tomas attended the Flyers training camp in 2009.
Regular season and playoffs
|1990–91||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||46||5||12||17||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||7||0||0||0||2||2||0||1||1||0|
|1991–92||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||3||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||6||1||7||8||4|
|Senior int'l totals||23||2||4||6||20|