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Jouni Loponen
Position right defenceman
Shot left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
178 lb (81 kg)
Teams Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Kärpät Oulu (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
JYP Jyväskylä (SM-Liiga)
HV 71 (Elitserien)
TPS Turku (SM-Liiga)
Kärpät Oulu (SM-Liiga)
Herning IK (Danish Hockey League)
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born July 1st 1971,
Oulu, Finland
Pro Career 19942008

Jouni Loponen (b. July 1st 1971 in Oulu, Finland) is a retired professional defenceman.

After playing eight games with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL in 1988-89, Loponen returned to his home country to play for the junior and B squad of Kärpät Oulu. In 1994-95, Loponen made his pro debuts with JYP Jyväskylä of the SM-Liiga.

After two seasons in Jyväskylä and two others with HV 71 of the Elitserien, Loponen joined TPS Turku in 1998-99. It turned out to be an excellent move, since that's where he enjoyed his best seasons. In 2000-01, he posted a league-high +28, while being named the league's best defenceman and to the all-star team. He was SM-Liiga Player of the Month of March 2001.

Following this stellar season, Loponen returned to HV 71 where he spent 4 seasons. He joined Kärpät Oulu in 2005 and the Herning Blue Foxes in 2007-08. He retired after the season.

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