Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tuomas Gronman
Defenceman Tuomas Gronman played briefly with the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins in the late 90s. He possessed good mobility and passing skills nut was unable to take hold of a regular job in the NHL.

Born in Viitasaari, Finland, Gronman first drew attention to himself with the Lukko Rauma junior squad. He then spent a year with the Tacoma Rockets of the WHL and was selected 29th overall by the Quebec Nordiques. the young rearguard opted to return to Finland to play for the junior and senior Lukko teams. This was a followed by two years with TPS Turku and a short stay with the national team.

Gronman's rights were retained by the Colorado Avalanche after the Nordiques franchise relocated. In July, 1996, Colorado sent him to the Hawks where he played 16 games as a rookie the following year and took a regular turn with the IHL's Indianapolis Ice. Early in the 1997-98 season, Gronman was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Greg Johnson. He looked solid in a utility role for the club and played for Finland at the Nagano Olympics. Injuries reduced him to four IHL games in 1998-99 before he returned to his native country to compete for Jokerit.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Lukko Rauma Jr. Fin-Jr. 35 10 15 25 14
1990-91 Finland EJC-A 6 1 1 2 4
1991-92 Tacoma Rockets WHL 61 5 18 23 102 4 0 1 1 2
1991-92 Finland EJC-A 6 2 2 4 4
1991-92 Finland WJC-A 7 1 0 1 10
1992-93 Lukko Rauma Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Lukko Rauma Finland 45 2 11 13 46 3 1 0 1 2
1992-93 Finland WJC-A 7 1 2 3 14
1993-94 Lukko Rauma Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 3 10 13 6
1993-94 Lukko Rauma Finland 44 4 12 16 60 9 0 1 1 14
1993-94 Finland WJC-A 7 0 4 4 10
1994-95 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 TPS Turku Finland 47 4 20 24 66 13 2 2 4 43
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 32 5 7 12 85 11 1 4 5 16
1995-96 Finland Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 4
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 0 1 1 13 -4
1996-97 Indianapolis Ice IHL 51 5 16 21 89 4 1 1 2 6
1997-98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 6 0 3 3 6 -1
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 1 2 3 25 +3 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 6 14 20 45 -6
1997-98 Finland Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Finland Olympics 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Kansas City Blades IHL 4 0 0 0 0 -1
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 51 1 9 10 72 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Lukko Rauma Finland 25 0 4 4 74 3 0 0 0 14
2001-02 Lukko Rauma Finland 18 0 2 2 26
2002-03 TPS Turku Finland 52 3 6 9 85 7 0 0 0 8
NHL Totals 38 1 3 4 38 1 0 0 0 0


Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Rights traded to Chicago by Colorado for Chicago's 2nd round pick (Phillippe Sauve) in 1998 NHL Draft, July 10, 1996. Traded to Pittsburgh by Chicago for Greg Johnson, October 27, 1997.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to knee injury vs. Houston (IHL), October 16, 1998.
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