Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Simo Saarinen
Defenceman Simo Saarinen played eight games for the New York Rangers in 1984-85. He was a fine playmaker who could also excel at defensive zone coverage.

Born in Helsinki, Saarinen suited up for his hometown HIFK club and played for Finland at the 1982 and 1983 World Junior championships. The talented backliner was taken 193rd overall by the Rangers in 1982 and played for his country at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. He also earned selection to the tournament all-star team at the 1983 World Junior championships and helped HIFK win the Finnish title in 1982-83.

In 1984-85 Saarinen tried his hand at the NHL game but struggled on the smaller ice surface. He suited up briefly on Manhattan but saw most of his game action with the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL. Saarinen returned to Finland and played several more years at HIFK. He also took part in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics as well as the 1989 and 1990 World Championships.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 21 9 6 15 31
1980-81 HIFK Helsinki Finland 20 1 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Finland EJC-A 5 1 1 2 2
1981-82 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 5 10 15 20 8 1 3 4 6
1981-82 Finland WJC-A 7 3 3 6 6
1982-83 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 9 6 15 24 9 0 1 1 14
1982-83 Finland WJC-A 7 3 3 6 4
1983-84 Olympia Finland 7 0 1 1 4
1983-84 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 7 7 14 32 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Finland Olympics 6 1 0 1 14
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 0 0 0 -4
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 13 3 4 7 11
1986-87 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 1 6 7 12 5 1 1 2 2
1987-88 HIFK Helsinki Finland 39 8 11 19 27 6 2 2 4 2
1987-88 Finland Olympics 7 0 2 2 4
1988-89 HIFK Helsinki Finland 34 1 7 8 14 2 0 1 1 0
1988-89 Finland WEC-A 5 0 0 0 2
1989-90 HIFK Helsinki Finland 41 9 11 20 38 2 0 1 1 2
1989-90 Finland WEC-A 7 0 3 3 8
1990-91 HIFK Helsinki Finland 27 3 7 10 12
1991-92 HIFK Helsinki Finland 43 5 18 23 14 7 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Finland Olympics 5 0 1 1 6
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki Finland 46 7 5 12 22 4 0 3 3 0
1993-94 HIFK Helsinki Finland 40 4 5 9 38 3 0 1 1 0
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki Finland 42 7 7 14 40 3 0 0 0 2
1995-96 HIFK Helsinki Finland 30 4 3 7 32 1 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 8 0 0 0 0


WJC-A All-Star Team (1983)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1988)
Missed remainder of 1984-85 and majority of 1985-86 due to knee injury vs. Los Angeles, November 11, 1984.
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