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Tommi Salmelainen
Position Forward
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
191 lb (87 kg)
Teams SM-liiga
Star Bulls Rosenheim
Kansas City Blues
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born January 29 1949 (1949-01-29) (age 67),
Helsinki, FIN
NHL Draft 66th overall, 1969
St. Louis Blues
Pro 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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