Mikko Leinonen

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Mikko Leinonen
Born (1955-07-15) July 15, 1955 (age 60)
Tampere, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Washington Capitals
National team  Finland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1974–1987

Simo Mikko Yrjänä Leinonen (born July 15, 1955 in Tampere, Finland) is a retired Finnish Ice hockey player and currently the chief executive of Finnish elite league SM-liiga team Tappara. He played 162 games in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. His teams never made it beyond the first round in the NHL playoffs.


  • 1979 he became Swedish Elite series champion with Modo Hockey
  • At age twenty-four, Leinonen competed for the Finnish team in the 1980 Winter Olympics and scored an impressive 3 goals and 3 assists during the tournament.
  • He won the 1983-84 CHL Championship (Adams Cup) as a member of the Tulsa Oilers team coached by Tom Webster.[1]
  • Leinonen's shares NHL record for most assists in one playoff game with Wayne Gretzky, each with 6.


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