Timo Jutila

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Timo Jutila
Born (1963-12-24) 24 December 1963 (age 50)
Tampere, FIN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for SM-liiga
Tappara
NHL
Buffalo Sabres
Elitserien
Luleå HF
Nationalliga A
SC Bern
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1982
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1979–1999

Timo Juhani "Juti" Jutila (born 24 December 1963 in Tampere, Finland) is a retired Finnish ice hockey defenceman.

Jutila was drafted by Buffalo Sabres (4th round, 68th overall) in 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Jutila's ice hockey career began at the "Pohjola Leiri" 1978 training camp held by the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation where he was selected as the best player of the camp. He played for Tappara in the 1979–80 season of the Finnish SM-liiga. He continued to play with the team for a total of five Seasons (1980–1984), totalling 144 regular season games.

After the 1983–84 season, Jutila went to the NHL and played for the Buffalo Sabres, the team who drafted him in 1982. However, Jutila's NHL career was short-lived and he left NHL in the following season. Jutila played most of the 1984–85 season in AHL for the Rochester Americans, totalling 56 games with 43 points (13 goals and 30 assists).

After his short NHL spell, Jutila returned to Tappara and stayed with the club for three seasons (1985–1988), winning the Finnish Championship every season. After three successful seasons in Finland, Jutila signed with the Swedish team Luleå HF in Elitserien, where he played for four seasons (1988–1992).

He returned to Finland and Tappara in 1993 and continued to play with his former team Tampere for another four Seasons (1992–1996). During this period, Tappara was not as successful as in 1985–1988; the best result of Jutila's four season tenure was a fourth place after losing the bronze game in overtime to Lukko in the 1994 playoffs.

In 1996, Jutila was contracted by SC Bern in the Swiss elite league Nationalliga A. After only one season with the club, he returned to Finland playing his last two season as an active hockey player with Tappara. He retired in 1999.

After his retirement, Jutila worked as ice hockey commentator, and together with Mika Saukkonen and Jari Kurri he formed the play-by-play team for Finnish ice hockey TV programme Hockey Night, aired on MTV3.

Awards[edit]

International career[edit]

Jutila was a defenceman and the long time captain for the Finnish national team. He played in total 246 international games, scoring 108 points (40 goals and 68 assists). He played eight World Championships (1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997), three Winter Olympic tournaments (1984, 1992 and 1994) and one Canada Cup (1991).

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 1992 Czechoslovakia Ice hockey
Silver 1994 Italy Ice hockey
Gold 1995 Sweden Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 1981 West Germany Ice hockey
Bronze 1982 United States Ice hockey

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Preceded by
Hannu Virta
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
1987–88
Succeeded by
Hannu Virta
Preceded by
Jari Kurri
Winner of the President's trophy
1994–95
Succeeded by
Hannu Virta
Preceded by
Timo Tuomi
Winner of the Kalen Kannu
2000–01
Succeeded by
Kari Lehtonen
Preceded by
Pekka Laksola
Captain of Tappara
1992–1996
Succeeded by
Harri Laurila
Preceded by
Valeri Krykov
Captain of Tappara
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Pasi Petriläinen