Kari Jalonen

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Kari Jalonen
Kari Jalonen.JPG
Born (1960-01-06) January 6, 1960 (age 56)
Oulu, FIN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Kärpät
HIFK
TPS
Lukko
Junkkarit HT
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Skellefteå AIK
Rouen HE
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1978–1996
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Finland
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1980 Finland

Kari Jalonen (born January 6, 1960) is a Finnish professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently head coach of SC Bern.

He is of no relation to Jukka Jalonen.

Playing career[edit]

A product of Oulun Kärpät, Jalonen played parts of two seasons (82-83, 83-84) at the NHL level, with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. He made a total of 37 NHL appearances. He is best known for his time in SM-liiga, but also had stints in Sweden (Skellefteå HC) and France (Dragons de Rouen).

Jalonen represented Finland internationally on nine occasions, including with the silver-medal winning 1980 World Juniors team and the bronze-medal winning 1986 European Championship team.

Coaching career[edit]

After his Playing Career, Jalonen has made himself a career in coaching.

Jalonen has coached successful SM-liiga teams TPS, Kärpät and HIFK. He has won four Finnish national championships as a Head Coach: Three with Kärpät and one with HIFK. Jalonen also played for HIFK during his playing career. He received Liiga Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and 2007.

Jalonen started as the Head Coach of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in KHL from the beginning of the 2011–12 season and parted ways with the club during the 2012-13 season. During the 2013-14 season he took over as head coach of fellow KHL team Lev Prahatand guided the sideo the Gagarin Cup finals, losing to Metallurg Magnitogorsk in seven games.

He was appointed head coach of Finland's national team in 2014. In April 2016, he was named head coach of SC Bern of the Swiss top-flight National League A (NLA).[1] He guided the Finnish national team to a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia[2] before stepping aside to take on the Bern job.[3]

Awards and titles[edit]

  • SM-liiga Rookie of the Year (1979)
  • SM-liiga First All-Star Team (1987, 1989)
  • Finnish national champion (1999, 2000, 2001) (as assistant coach), (2005, 2007, 2008, 2011) (as head coach)
  • Liiga Coach of the Year (2005, 2007)
  • Silver medal at IIHF World Championships (as head coach) (2016)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Kärpät Jr. Fin-Jr. 24 21 10 31 32 6 4 3 7 6
1977–78 Kärpät Jr. Fin-Jr. 23 23 18 41 52
1978–79 Kärpät SM-l 36 13 13 26 30
1979–80 Kärpät SM-l 28 23 24 47 16 6 3 5 8 2
1980–81 Kärpät SM-l 35 16 34 50 22 12 7 14 21 20
1981–82 Kärpät SM-l 33 21 26 47 24 3 2 5 7 2
1982–83 Calgary Flames NHL 25 9 3 12 4 5 1 0 1 0
1982–83 Colorado Flames CHL 33 12 32 44 8
1983–84 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 3 3 0
1983–84 Colorado Flames CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Kärpät SM-l 14 6 15 21 17 10 5 12 17 10
1984–85 HIFK SM-l 21 9 9 18 10
1985–86 Kärpät SM-l 35 19 35 54 46 5 2 3 5 14
1986–87 Kärpät SM-l 44 29 64 93 30 9 3 7 10 12
1987–88 Skellefteå HC SEL 22 9 18 27 16
1988–89 TPS SM-l 44 18 56 74 40 10 4 14 18 8
1989–90 TPS SM-l 37 19 31 50 12 9 5 8 13 10
1990–91 TPS SM-l 26 4 22 26 18 9 3 4 7 2
1991–92 TPS SM-l 44 10 21 31 8 3 0 1 1 0
1992–93 JHT I-Div 26 21 45 66 28
1992–93 TPS SM-l 6 0 0 0 6 9 2 3 5 2
1993–94 Kärpät I-Div 28 21 46 67 22
1993–94 Lukko SM-l 18 3 10 13 2 9 1 2 3 4
1994–95 Dragons de Rouen FRA 23 16 18 34 4 8 5 13 18 4
1995–96 Dragons de Rouen FRA 18 8 26 34 27 5 4 4 8 0
SM-l totals 422 190 360 550 281 94 37 78 115 86
NHL totals 37 9 6 15 4 5 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1978 Finland EJC 5 2 2 4 2
1979 Finland WJC 6 3 3 6 2
1980 Finland WJC 5 3 5 8 0
1981 Finland WC 8 4 3 7 5
1981 Finland CC 5 0 1 1 4
1982 Finland WC 7 4 3 7 0
1983 Finland WC 6 3 2 5 0
1986 Finland WC 9 4 6 10 6
1987 Finland WC 10 2 3 5 0
1989 Finland WC 10 5 9 14 0
Junior totals 16 8 10 18 4
Senior totals 55 22 27 49 15

External links[edit]

Media related to Kari Jalonen at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bern, SC. "Confirmed - SC Bern signs Kari Jalonen to two-year contract". www.swisshockeynews.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  2. ^ "sports | Finland Times". www.finlandtimes.fi. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Marjamaki to take over". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
Preceded by
Markku Kiimalainen
Winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy
1978–79
Succeeded by
Pekka Arbelius
Preceded by
Arto Javanainen
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
1986–87
Succeeded by
Esa Keskinen
Preceded by
Kari Heikkilä
Winner of the Kalevi Numminen trophy
2004–05
Succeeded by
Jukka Jalonen
Preceded by
Jukka Jalonen
Winner of the Kalevi Numminen trophy
2006–07
Succeeded by
Petri Matikainen
Preceded by
Hannu Jortikka
Head Coach of TPS
2001–03
Succeeded by
Jukka Koivu
Preceded by
Kari Heikkilä
Head Coach of Kärpät
2004–08
Succeeded by
Matti Alatalo
Preceded by
Paul Baxter
Head Coach of HIFK
2008-2011
Succeeded by
Petri Matikainen
Preceded by
Václav Sýkora
Head Coach of HC Lev Praha
2013
Succeeded by