Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pekka Rautakallio
Pekka Rautakallio served his apprenticeship in Finland with his local club, Assat Pori with three trips to the World Championships with the Finnish National team. Following his last Team Finland appearance Pekka signed with Phoenix of the World Hockey Association in 1975. In his rookie WHA season Rautakallio posted impressive scoring totals with 11 goals and 39 assists. His numbers dropped in his sophomore year but this did not prompt his return to Finland.

The bankruptcy of the Phoenix franchise and having nowhere else to place meant Pekka returned to Assat Pori. Rautakallio played two more World Championship tournaments before catching the attention of the Atlanta Flames. The Flames saw him as the defensive equivalent to Kent Nilsson, a skilled European puck wizard. The defenseman gave every sign of fulfilling that promise. His thirty points and +22 in 1979-80 were respectable in both areas. The hockey tactician had taken his rookie NHL year as a chance to get used to the closer quarters and hard hitting. The results paid off with a second season effort of 56 points and a further 6 in the playoff, as Calgary stopped just short of the Finals.

Rautakallio had his best personal season in North American in 1981-82. His 17 goals and 51 assists left him a dozen points better than his previous best. Pekka was also named as to the All-Star squad, the first Finn to be named to the mid-season classic. At the end of the season Rautakallio decided to leave the NHL behind. He found that his children were loosing touch with their language and his oldest was at risk of not being accepted to the academic program in the Finnish school system. "It made me feel happy to know I made it in the NHL. I don' t feel I had anything to prove after last season. Everything I would have done in the future would have been a plus," said Rautakallio. Pekka Rautakallio played five seasons with HIFK Helsinki before winding up his playing career with HC Rapperswil in Switzerland.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Assat Pori Finland 10 2 1 3 0
1969-70 Assat Pori Finland 22 9 2 11 2
1970-71 Assat Pori Finland 31 6 5 11 18
1971-72 Assat Pori Finland 32 10 8 18 14
1971-72 Finland WEC-A 4 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Assat Pori Finland 34 23 12 35 21
1972-73 Finland WEC-A 7 0 0 0 4
1973-74 Assat Pori Finland 32 9 12 21 8
1974-75 Assat Pori Finland 36 9 13 22 19
1974-75 Finland WEC-A 10 0 3 3 0
1975-76 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 73 11 39 50 8 5 0 2 2 0
1976-77 Finland Can-Cup 5 2 2 4 2
1976-77 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 78 4 31 35 8
1976-77 Finland WEC-A 10 3 4 7 2
1977-78 Assat Pori Finland 36 16 21 37 16 9 5 4 9 0
1977-78 Finland WEC-A 10 4 3 7 2
1978-79 Assat Pori Finland 36 25 28 53 26 8 5 9 14 2
1978-79 Finland WEC-A 7 2 1 3 2
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 79 5 25 30 18 +22 4 0 1 1 2
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 76 11 45 56 64 -1 16 2 4 6 6
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 2
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 80 17 51 68 40 -8 3 0 0 0 0
1982-83 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 16 16 32 16 9 6 4 10 10
1982-83 Finland WEC-A 10 1 7 8 0
1983-84 HIFK Helsinki Finland 33 9 21 30 10 2 0 2 2 0
1984-85 HIFK Helsinki Finland 29 12 18 30 18
1985-86 HIFK Helsinki Finland 34 13 23 36 8 10 3 0 3 10
1986-87 HIFK Helsinki Finland 42 15 25 40 10 5 5 1 6 5
1987-88 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss-2 33 19 14 33 18 3 1 1 2 0
1988-89 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss-2 12 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 235 33 121 154 122 23 2 5 7 8


EJC-A All-Star Team (1971)
Best Defenseman at EJC-A (1971)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1975, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1986) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982)
Signed as a free agent by Phoenix (WHA), June 16, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, June 5, 1979. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980.
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