Kari Haakana

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Kari Haakana
Born (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 43)
Outokumpu, FIN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
SM-Liiga team
Former teams
Kärpät
Modo Hockey
NHL
Edmonton Oilers
SM-liiga
Espoo Blues
Jokerit
Lukko
DEL
Star Bulls Rosenheim
EV Duisburg
Skellefteå AIK
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 248th overall, 2001
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1990–2010

Kari Haakana (born November 8, 1973 in Outokumpu, Finland) is a former ice hockey defenceman who spent the majority of his career in Scandinavia, with the exception of brief stints in Germany and in the Edmonton Oilers player development system in North America. The Oilers selected Haakana in the eight round (248th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Haakana spent most of his years in Espoo, where he is well known. Haakana played in Kiekko-Espoo for several years and also in Espoo Blues.

Haakana entered the entry draft as an overaged player and came over to Canada the following year, briefly playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs. He spent 13 games in the Oilers lineup, playing safe defensive hockey, but showing little in the way of offensive ability, scoring no points and only recording two shots. He returned to Europe during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Haakana played for Swedish Elitserien team, Skellefteå AIK from the beginning of the 2006 season to mid-January 2008 when he decided to cancel his contract and move back home to Finland to play for Kärpät.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Kiekko-Espoo I-Divisioona 4 0 1 1 0
1992–93 Lukko Liiga 4 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Kiekko-Espoo Liiga 47 3 2 5 40
1994–95 Kiekko-Espoo Liiga 48 4 3 7 54 4 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Kiekko-Espoo Liiga 45 1 7 8 48
1996–97 Kiekko-Espoo Liiga 48 0 12 12 69
1997–98 Kiekko-Espoo Liiga 47 4 1 5 59 8 0 1 1 6
1998–99 Star Bulls Rosenheim DEL 51 1 9 10 58
1999–00 Star Bulls Rosenheim DEL 51 3 5 8 46 11 1 4 5 28
2000–01 Jokerit Liiga 52 2 8 10 98 5 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 6 0 2 2 25
2001–02 Jokerit Liiga 36 0 3 3 40 12 2 2 4 2
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 12 0 4 4 12 5 1 2 3 2
2003–04 MODO Hockey SHL 31 1 3 4 50 6 0 0 0 12
2004–05 Espoo Blues Liiga 47 1 9 10 52
2005–06 Espoo Blues Liiga 20 0 6 6 42
2005–06 Füchse Duisburg DEL 21 0 6 6 42 5 0 3 3 6
2006–07 Skellefteå AIK SHL 43 1 11 12 56 10 0 1 1 4
2007–08 Skellefteå AIK SHL 21 0 1 1 20
2007–08 Kärpät Liiga 9 1 3 4 14 11 0 1 1 12
2008–09 Lahti Pelicans Liiga 18 2 0 2 16
2009–10 Kloten Flyers NLA 8 0 0 0 10
2009–10 HC Valpellice Italy 22 1 4 5 34 4 1 1 2 6
2010–11 Olimpija Ljubljana EBEL 7 0 3 3 2
NHL totals 13 0 0 0 4
AHL totals 18 0 6 6 37 5 1 2 3 2
Liiga totals 421 18 52 70 556 40 2 4 6 22

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