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Tommi Santala
Born June 27, 1979 (1979-06-27) (age 31),

Helsinki, FIN

Height

Weight

6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)

Position Centre
Shoots Right

F. teams

Atlanta Thrashers Vancouver Canucks

Ntl. team Finland
NHL Draft 245th overall, 1999

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 1998–present

Tommi Santala (born June 27, 1979 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish ice hockey player, currently representing the Kloten Flyers of Switzerland's National League A.


Playing careerEdit

Santala started his pro career in Jokerit in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 1998–99 season. After a total of four seasons with HPK, Santala moved to the Thrashers' organisation for the 2003–04 NHL season. Santala divided his time between 50 games in the AHL Chicago Wolves and 33 NHL games.[1] He spent the 2004–05 NHL lockout with the Wolves registering 40 assists and 48 points in 67 games. During the post-season he helped Chicago win the Robert W. Clarke Trophy, for AHL Western Conference Champions,[2] by adding 11 points in 18 games.[3] However, the Wolves were swept in the Calder Cup finals by the Philadelphia Phantoms.[4] After the lockout, Santala was assigned to Jokerit by the Thrashers. He played one year with Jokerit before Atlanta traded him to the Vancouver Canucks. Santala played 30 games for the Canucks during the 2006-07 season, but he suffered a knee injury on December 8, 2006 in a game vs. the Carolina Hurricanes that forced him to miss the majority of the season.[1] On September 5, 2007 he signed as a free agent with Jokerit.[3] He played one season with them before joining the Kloten Flyers.

International playEdit

Santala played for Team Finland in the 1999 World Junior Championship registering two points through six games. He represented Finland at the World Championships in, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2010. However, he only played one game for the 2006 Finnish team that won the Bronze medal. Santala had a much larger role for Finland during the 2002 Karlja Cup. Finland won the Gold and Santala was named a Second Team All-Star.[3]

MovementsEdit

  • June 26, 1999 — Drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 9th round, 245th overall.
  • June 14, 2006 — Traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with a 5th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft for a conditional draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Jokerit SM-liiga 30 0 0 0 14 3 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Jokerit SM-liiga 14 0 1 1 2
1999–00 HPK SM-liiga 38 8 19 27 63 8 3 4 7 10
2000–01 HPK SM-liiga 56 16 24 40 90
2001–02 HPK SM-liiga 17 6 16 22 14
2002–03 HPK SM-liiga 50 13 38 51 92 13 6 6 12 18
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 33 1 2 3 22
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 15 22 37 34 10 1 6 7 31
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 67 8 40 48 83 18 5 6 11 42
2005–06 Jokerit SM-liiga 43 9 23 32 80
2006–07 Manitoba Moose AHL 6 0 3 3 8
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 1 5 6 24 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Jokerit SM-liiga 56 28 30 58 82
2008–09 Kloten Flyers NLA 50 13 35 48 96
2009–10 Kloten Flyers NLA 47 17 32 49 59
NHL totals 63 2 7 9 46 1 0 0 0 0

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Finland WJC 6 1 1 2 6
2003 Finland WC 7 0 1 1 6
2006 Finland WC 1 0 0 0 2
2009 Finland WC 7 0 0 0 4
2010 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 4
World Championship totals 21 0 1 1 16

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