Jarmo Kekäläinen

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Jarmo Kekäläinen
Born (1966-07-03) July 3, 1966 (age 48)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators
National team  Finland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1985–1995

Jarmo Kekäläinen (born July 3, 1966) is a Finnish retired professional ice hockey player who briefly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Kekäläinen is the general manager of Columbus Blue Jackets.

Playing career[edit]

Kekäläinen began his hockey career in his native Finland. He played for 4 years in Finland with a number of teams and also played for Finland in the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Kekäläinen then played for the Clarkson Golden Knights for 3 years, establishing himself as a strong hockey player and gaining interest from professional teams. In his second year with the Knights he scored 44 points in 31 games and was named to the ECAC Hockey League first all star team. In his third year with the Knights he scored 18 points in 8 games before signing with the Boston Bruins. Kekäläinen played parts of 2 seasons with the Bruins before going back to Finland, where he played for another 2 years. For the 1993-1994 season Kekäläinen came back to North America when he signed with the Ottawa Senators. He played briefly with the Senators that season, playing in 28 games. The Following season Kekäläinen played in Sweden before retiring in 1995 because of his knee problems which were caused by injuries.

Front office work[edit]

Immediately after retirement Kekäläinen became involved with front office work in many capacities. He was General Manager of IFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite League from 1995 to 1999, during which time IFK won one Kanada-malja and finished as the runner-up to TPS the following year. During this time with IFK, Kekäläinen also worked in several capacities with the Ottawa Senators. After he left Finland in 1999 Kekäläinen became director of Player Personnel of the Senators until 2002. While with the Senators he helped in picking future NHL stars Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat and Ray Emery. In 2002 Kekäläinen joined the St. Louis Blues as Assistant GM and Director of Amateur Scouting, where he helped draft much of the core of the team in the early 2010s, including defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and forwards T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, David Perron, and David Backes. After being passed over for the Blues GM job (losing out to Doug Armstrong), Kekäläinen returned to the Finnish Elite League to take the GM job with Jokerit.

While with Jokerit, Kekäläinen had an unwritten escape clause with ownership that permitted him to leave if he was offered a GM job in the NHL. That opportunity came on February 13, 2013, when after Scott Howson was fired the previous day, Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson, under whom Kekäläinen had worked while with the Blues, hired Kekäläinen to be the new GM of the Blue Jackets.[1] As a result, Kekäläinen became the first European general manager in the National Hockey League.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Boston Bruins NHL 11 2 2 4 8
1990–91 Boston Bruins NHL 16 2 1 3 6
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 1 5 6 14
3 Years Totals NHL 55 5 8 13 28

International play[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1986 Finland WJC 7 4 3 7 4
1992 Finland CC 6 0 1 1 0
2 Years Totals 13 4 4 8 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1988–89

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Jackets name Jarmo Kekalainen General Manager". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-02-13. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Scott Howson
General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets
2013–present
Incumbent