Esa Keskinen

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Esa Keskinen
Born (1965-02-03) February 3, 1965 (age 51)
Ylöjärvi, FIN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for SM-liiga
1. Divisioona
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 101st overall, 1985
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1983–2000
Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 1988 Calgary Ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey

Esa Juhani Keskinen (born February 3, 1965 in Ylöjärvi, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey forward.

Playing career[edit]

Keskinen was drafted by the Calgary Flames as their fifth-round pick, 101st overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, but never played in the NHL anytime in his active playing career.[1] During season 1995-96 Keskinen formed with his fellow Finn Kai Nurminen a proficient goal-scoring duo when they played for HV71 in the Swedish Elitserien. During his years in HV71 he was a popular player among the fans and drew by himself large crowds to the club's, at the time, arena Rosenlundshallen.[2]

Keskinen recorded 658 points (215 goals, 443 assists) and 130 penalty minutes in 478 games in SM-liiga playing for TPS and Lukko. In Elitserien he totalled 203 games with 209 points (61 goals, 148 assists) and 148 penalty minutes playing for HV71. He has been noted for most points in SM-liiga in seasons 1987-88 (69 points), 1992–93 (59 points) and 1993-94 (70 points).[1]



  • HV71's club record for assists in one season (41)
  • HV71's club record for points in one season (59)


  1. ^ a b "Esa Keskinen". Elite Prospects. Retrieved August 11, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Historien om HV71" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on August 5, 2006. Retrieved August 11, 2006. 
Preceded by
Juha Riihijärvi
Winner of the Kultainen kypärä trophy
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu
Preceded by
Unto Wiitala
Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu
Preceded by
Kari Jalonen
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
Succeeded by
Raimo Summanen
Preceded by
Mikko Mäkelä
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
1992-93 & 1993-94
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu