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| 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)
|Born|| July 1st 1971,|
|Pro Career||1994 – 2008|
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.