Kari Makkonen

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Kari Makkonen
Born (1955-01-20) January 20, 1955 (age 59)
Harjavalta, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for SM-liiga
Ässät
NHL
Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft 194th overall, 1975
New York Islanders
Playing career 1974–1991

Kari Makkonen (born January 20, 1955 in Harjavalta, Finland) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the SM-liiga for Ässät.

Playing career[edit]

Kari Makkonen played his entire SM-liiga career for Pori based team Ässät.

Makkonen also played in National Hockey League for one season. His team was Edmonton Oilers.

Makkonen retired from playing in 1991 and He was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Coaching career[edit]

Makkonen coached his first seasons as coach in the Finnish Lower Divisions for Seinäjoki HT and Kotkan Titaanit.

Makkonen's first SM-liiga coaching job came when he coached Ässät for a short period. Makkonen also was employed by Lukko for some time before he was employed by Tappara as an Assistant Coach for Jukka Rautakorpi

Makkonen was the Assistant Coach in Tappara for several years, winning the SM-liiga Championships in 2003 and finishing second in 2001 and 2002.

Makkonen was in 2007-09 the Head Coach of Mestis team Jukurit, which is a top contender in the second highest level of ice hockey in Finland.

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Preceded by
Markus Mattsson
Winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy
1975–76
Succeeded by
Risto Siltanen
Preceded by
Markku Kiimalainen
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1978–79
Succeeded by
Matti Hagman
Preceded by
Veli-Pekka Ketola
Head Coach of Ässät
1996
Succeeded by
Juhani Tamminen
Preceded by
Pekka Lipiäinen
Head Coach of Jukurit
2007-
Succeeded by
current Head Coach