Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kari Makkonen
Right-winger Kari Makkonen played nine games for the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80. He was best known as a top domestic and international player in his native Finland.

Born in Pori, Finland, Makkonen played his first season with the local Assat club in 1974-75 that began an association that lasted through the 1988-89 schedule. In 1978 he was an integral part of the team's Finnish league championship and in 1979 he led all scorers with 36 goals in as many games. The crafty forward played for his country at the 1975 World Junior Championships and seven World Championships between 1976 and 1986. His stellar work on the national team in 1975-76 earned him the Finnish rookie-of-the-year award. Makkonen also participated at the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cup tournaments and was a two-time selection to the Finnish all-star team.

Makkonen was picked 194th overall by the New York Islanders in 1975 but he opted to remain in Finland. After signing as a free agent with the Oilers, he decided to give the NHL a try. Makkonen registered four points in nine games for Edmonton then played briefly with the Houston Apollos before returning home. He retired in 1989 after recording 40 points in 42 games for Assat.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Assat Pori Finland 36 5 5 10 8
1974-75 Finland WJC-A 5 2 2 4 4
1975-76 Assat Pori Finland 36 24 15 39 25 4 1 2 3 2
1975-76 Finland WEC-A 10 3 3 6 6
1976-77 Finland Can-Cup 5 3 1 4 2
1976-77 Assat Pori Finland 36 17 20 37 18
1976-77 Finland WEC-A 10 4 4 8 2
1977-78 Assat Pori Finland 39 19 25 44 28 9 4 5 9 9
1977-78 Finland WEC-A 10 1 0 1 4
1978-79 Assat Pori Finland 36 36 18 54 55 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 9 2 2 4 0 -2
1979-80 Houston Apollos CHL 16 5 5 10 2
1980-81 Assat Pori Finland 36 19 21 40 20 1 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Finland Nat-Tm 18 3 3 6 14
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 3 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Assat Pori Finland 36 24 20 44 12 9 5 4 9 0
1981-82 Finland WEC-A 7 2 2 4 2
1982-83 Assat Pori Finland 35 14 18 32 22
1982-83 Finland WEC-A 10 1 1 2 8
1983-84 Assat Pori Finland 37 27 15 42 28 9 3 4 7 19
1984-85 Assat Pori Finland 36 18 20 38 32 8 6 4 10 6
1984-85 Finland WEC-A 10 1 0 1 4
1985-86 Assat Pori Finland 34 23 26 49 24
1985-86 Finland WEC-A 10 4 2 6 10
1986-87 Assat Pori Finland 43 14 22 36 20
1987-88 Assat Pori Finland 43 21 16 37 36
1988-89 Assat Pori Finland 42 16 24 40 20
1988-89 Assat Pori Finland-Q 5 0 4 4 0
1989-90 Assat Pori Finland-2 44 31 52 83 18 3 3 3 6 2
1990-91 Assat Pori Finland 43 9 24 33 20
NHL Totals 9 2 2 4 0


Finnish Rookie of the Year (1976)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1978, 1979)
Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 22, 1979.
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