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Marko Jantunen
Markojantunen
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
187 lb (85 kg)
SM-liiga Team
F. Teams
Pelicans
KalPa
TPS
Jokerit
Frölunda HC (Elitserien)
Färjestads BK (Elitserien)
Timrå IK (Elitserien)
Calgary Flames
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born February 14 1971 (1971-02-14) (age 45),
Lahti, FIN
NHL Draft 239th overall, 1991
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 1990 – present


Marko Jantunen (born February 14, 1971, Lahti, Finland) is a Finnish ice hockey forward. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft as their 11th round pick, 239th overall.

Playing careerEdit

Jantunen began his career in Kiekko-Reipas (later Hockey-Reipas) in 1988, and played there for four seasons. For the 1992–93 season he transferred to KalPa, and in 1993–94 he played for TPS, where he won his first SM-liiga medal, a silver one. He won the Aarne Honkavaara trophy for most regular season goals in the league that season; Jantunen played on TPS's first line with future NHL trophy winners Jere Lehtinen and Saku Koivu.

His career in the Swedish Elitserien started in 1994, when he began his first season with Frölunda HC. Jantunen stayed with Frölunda for five seasons, broken by a short visit to the NHL (see below). In 1999 he transferred to Färjestads BK, where he played for four seasons, until 2003.

He won a silver medal in 1995–96 with Frölunda, and two silver medals and the Elitserien championship in 2001–2002 with Färjestad. During his 374-game tenure in Sweden Jantunen recorded a total of 123 goals and 137 assists.

In April 2003 Jantunen signed a three-year contract with Jokerit, where he was named assistant captain and led the club in scoring with 19 goals during the regular season. He was a team second in overall points, after Glen Metropolit, with 40 points. This total ranked him sixteenth in overall scoring in the league.

In the 2004–05 season Jantunen won the silver medal with Jokerit. He scored 16 goals during the regular season, sharing the Jokerit top goal scorer title with Glen Metropolit and Toni Dahlman. He was second in overall points in the team with 24 assists, again after Glen Metropolit. He scored two short-handed goals in the playoffs.

A foot injury in August 2005 sidelined Jantunen until November. When he returned to action he was named the captain. The spell was however short, as in December he was stripped of his captaincy, and finally in January 2006 Jantunen was released from his contract for disciplinary reasons. He subsequently signed with Timrå IK in the Swedish Elitserien for the remainder of the season.

After the spell with Timrå, Jantunen finally made the long-awaited return home by signing a two-year contract with Lahti Pelicans in April 2006. During the regular season 2006–07 he recorded 41 points in 56 games, which made him the leading scorer of Pelicans (tied with Matias Loppi).

NHL careerEdit

Jantunen played three games for the Calgary Flames in 1996–97, scoring no points. He also played 23 games for the Saint John Flames in the AHL, scoring 8 goals and 16 assists.

International playEdit

Jantunen has represented Finland at the under-20's World Championships in 1991, as well as in the 1997 IIHF world championships. During his time in TPS, he played in the European Championships and won the gold medal in 1994; he also won a bronze medal in the EHL for Frölunda in 1997.

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Kiekkoreipas 1. divisioona 35 2 17 19 24
1989–90 Hockey Reipas 1. divisioona 31 11 19 30 20 4 1 2 3 6
1990–91 Hockey Reipas SM-liiga 39 9 20 29 20
1991–92 Hockey Reipas SM-liiga 42 10 14 24 46
1992–93 Kalpa SM-liiga 48 21 27 48 63
1993–94 TPS SM-liiga 48 29 29 58 22 11 2 6 8 12
1994–95 Västra Frölunda HC Elitserien 22 15 8 23 22
1995–96 Västra Frölunda HC Elitserien 40 17 14 31 66 13 8 8 16 10
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 23 8 16 24 18
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Västra Frölunda HC Elitserien 13 4 7 11 16 3 2 0 2 16
1997–98 Västra Frölunda HC Elitserien 43 14 20 34 61
1998–99 Västra Frölunda HC Elitserien 47 12 21 33 57 4 4 0 4 4
1999–00 Färjestads BK Elitserien 50 18 18 36 36
2000–01 Färjestads BK Elitserien 48 20 16 36 60 14 4 5 9 40
2001–02 Färjestads BK Elitserien 50 12 5 17 32 10 3 6 9 2
2002–03 Färjestads BK Elitserien 50 10 24 34 42 14 3 1 4 6
2003–04 Jokerit SM-liiga 51 19 21 40 18 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Jokerit SM-liiga 56 16 24 40 20 12 6 7 13 2
2005–06 Jokerit SM-liiga 16 3 5 8 14
2005–06 Timrå IK Elitserien 11 2 4 6 4
2006–07 Pelicans SM-liiga 56 12 29 41 30 6 1 2 3 2
2007-08 Pelicans SM-liiga 56 18 24 42 30 6 6 3 9 2
2008–09 Pelicans SM-liiga 53 16 29 45 40 10 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Tomas Kapusta
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1993–94
Succeeded by
Kai Nurminen
Preceded by
Petri Varis
Jokerit captains
November 2005 - December 2005
Succeeded by
Petri Varis

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