Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kari Eloranta
Kari Eloranta played in his native Finland until the age of 25 when he decided to try his hand at the NHL. In 1981-82, he suited up for 19 games with the Calgary Flames, picking up five assists. He played the rest of the year in Oklahoma City of the CHL, scoring three goals and 27 assists in 39 games.

In 1981-82, he was sent to the St. Louis Blues after 19 games in a Flames' uniform. His career with the Blues lasted all of 12 games. By the 1982-83 season, Eloranta was back in Calgary where he played all 80 games. He contributed four goals and 40 assists. Eloranta played three more years with the Flames before leaving the NHL after the 1986-87 season to return to Europe.

In 1989-90, Eloranta made a one-year stop in Lugano where he played in the Swiss Elite League, scoring seven goals and 25 assists in just 35 games. He then returned to his home country, to play with Reipas Lahti. In 44 games, Eloranta had seven goals and 25 assists.

At the age of 38, Eloranta came out of retirement to play another season in the Swiss Elite League, participating in 17 games with Rogle Angelholm.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Finland EJC-A
1974-75 Reipas Lahti Finland-3 19 10 12 22 24
1974-75 Finland WJC-A 5 0 0 0 4
1974-75 Finland EJC-A 5 0 1 1 0
1975-76 Kiekkoreipas Lahti Finland-2 41 14 12 26 23
1975-76 Finland WJC-A 4 0 1 1 2
1976-77 Kiekkoreipas Lahti Finland 36 4 6 10 34
1977-78 Kiekkoreipas Lahti Finland 36 6 6 12 14
1978-79 Leksands IF Sweden 36 7 10 17 47 3 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Finland WEC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Leksands IF Sweden 34 4 5 9 26 2 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Finland Nat-Tm 20 1 3 4 22
1979-80 Finland Olympics 7 0 4 4 0
1980-81 Leksands IF Sweden 36 3 13 16 35
1980-81 Leksands IF Sweden-Q 6 1 2 3 8
1980-81 Finland WEC-A 8 1 2 3 6
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 19 0 5 5 14 -14
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 39 3 27 30 31
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 1 7 8 6 +5 5 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 80 4 40 44 43 +13 9 1 3 4 17
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 78 5 34 39 44 +12 6 0 2 2 2
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 65 2 11 13 39 +1
1985-86 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 36 4 16 20 46 2 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Finland Nat-Tm 12 1 0 1 8
1985-86 Finland WEC-A 10 3 1 4 2
1986-87 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 35 3 18 21 34
1986-87 Finland Nat-Tm 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 13 1 6 7 9 +3 6 0 2 2 0
1987-88 HC Lugano Swiss 36 4 26 30 30 7 2 5 7 8
1987-88 Finland Nat-Tm 5 1 0 1 2
1987-88 Finland Olympics 8 0 6 6 2
1988-89 HC Lugano Swiss 36 11 21 32 17 10 2 6 8 28
1988-89 Finland Nat-Tm 7 1 0 1 2
1988-89 Finland WEC-A 10 1 3 4 12
1989-90 HC Lugano Swiss 36 8 26 34 36 7 2 4 6 2
1990-91 Hockey-Reipas Lahti Finland 44 7 18 25 18
1991-92 Finland Can-Cup 6 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-2 35 5 17 22 22 5 0 0 0 12
1991-92 Finland Nat-Tm 11 0 3 3 2
1991-92 Finland Olympics 8 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 38 9 8 17 44
1993-94 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 40 2 13 15 14 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 17 1 3 4 8
1994-95 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-Q 18 2 7 9 2 11 0 4 4 4
1995-96 Reipas Lahti Finland-2 44 5 25 30 34 3 0 1 1 32
1996-97 Pelicans Lahti Finland-2 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 267 13 103 116 155 26 1 7 8 19


Signed as a free agent by Calgary, September 15, 1981. Traded to St. Louis by Calgary for future considerations, March 8, 1982. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis for cash, June 3, 1982.
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