Tommi Salmelainen

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Tommi Salmelainen
Born (1949-01-29) January 29, 1949 (age 68)
Helsinki, FIN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for SM-liiga
Star Bulls Rosenheim
Kansas City Blues
NHL Draft 66th overall, 1969
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1967–1981

Tommi Salmelainen (born January 29, 1949) is a Finnish hockey left winger who played for HIFK. He was the first ever European drafted in the NHL Entry Draft in 1969[1] although he never did play in the National Hockey League. He was taken by the St. Louis Blues in the sixth round, 66th overall.

Tommi Salmelainen's sons Tony (Genève-Servette HC) and Tobias (Porin Ässät) are both professional ice hockey players.


  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.46, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9

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