Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jere Karalahti
When the Los Angeles Kings drafted defenseman Jere Karalahti in 1993 his hard-hitting style and heavy, accurate shot soon earned him the reputation as the best defenseman not playing in the National Hockey League. However seven seasons came and went and Karalahti was still playing in the Finnish Elite League instead of the NHL.

His rookie pro season in North America included ten games in the minors with the rest of his time spent in the Kings line up. Karalahti's booming slap shot and fierce, open ice hits made him quite noticeable to fans and observers, but coach Andy Murray wanted more discipline from the blue liner. Karalahti tried to adapt to his coach's wishes that season and during the next one, but he had difficulty changing his style of play and soon the highly touted defenseman found himself a healthy scratch for the Kings.

Karalahti began the 2001-02 season playing solid, if unspectacular, defense and limited his involvement offensively, but when the Kings began to struggle, Karalahti again found himself on the outside looking in. When the Kings felt they needed some offensive depth as they prepared for the playoffs they traded away the former prospect. He was traded to the Nashville Predators for veteran center Cliff Ronning and finished his season toiling for his new club. After only 15 games with Nashville, Karalahti opted to return overseas and has since rejoined his former club team in Finland.

On the international stage, Karalahti is a two-time member of Finland's World Junior team (1994-1995) and a six-time member of its World Championship team (1998-2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 26 10 4 14 34
1991-92 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 2 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 2
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 7 3 1 4 4
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 30 2 13 15 49 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Finland EJC-A 6 2 2 4 8
1993-94 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 0 0 0 0
1993-94 HIFK Helsinki Finland 46 1 10 11 36 3 0 0 0 6
1993-94 Finland Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 6
1993-94 Finland WJC-A 7 3 2 5 4
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 8
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki Finland 37 1 7 8 42 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Finland WJC-A 7 2 4 6 8
1995-96 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 1 2 3 2
1995-96 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 4 6 10 102 3 0 0 0 4
1996-97 HIFK Helsinki Finland 18 3 5 8 20
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 43 14 16 30 59 9 2 0 2 8
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 4 3 7 6
1997-98 Finland Nat-Tm 13 2 3 5 8
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Finland 49 11 22 33 65 11 1 1 2 10
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki EuroHL 6 2 1 3 2 4 2
1998-99 Finland Nat-Tm 10 3 2 5 2
1998-99 Finland WC-A 10 5 3 8 2
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 13 2 2 4 55
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 6 10 16 18 +3 4 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 10 0 3 3 4 -4
1999-00 Finland WC-A 9 1 1 2 8 0
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 56 2 7 9 38 +8 13 0 0 0 18
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 30 0 1 1 29 -5
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 15 0 1 1 12 -1
2001-02 Finland WC-A 9 2 3 5 10 -4
2002-03
2003-04 HIFK Helsinki Finland 45 7 16 23 148 12 3 4 7 2
2003-04 Finland WC-A 7 0 0 0 4 +2
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 42 4 10 14 93 5 0 0 0 6
2004-05 Finland WC-A 7 1 3 4 6 0
2005-06 HIFK Helsinki Finland 20 4 11 15 43 11 1 2 3 2
2006-07 HIFK Helsinki Finland 51 5 9 14 132 2 0 1 1 27
2007-08 Karpat Oulu Finland 15 2 4 6 43
2008-09 Hamburg Freezers Germany 50 7 16 23 148 9 2 2 4 10
2009-10 Hamburg Freezers Germany 47 5 14 19 193
2010-11 Blues Espoo Finland 53 11 19 30 147 18 0 5 5 36
2011-12 Dynamo Minsk KHL 54 7 7 14 90 4 0 2 2 6
2012-13 Dynamo Minsk KHL 45 1 9 10 96 5 0 0 0 4
2013-14 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 56 8 27 35 76 2 0 0 0 14
2013-14 Finland WC-A 10 1 3 4 10 0
2014-15 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 30 6 13 19 57 6 1 2 3 2
2014-15 Jokerit Helsinki (FIN) KHL 22 1 8 9 40
2015-16 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 36 3 9 12 72 6 0 0 0 6
NHL Totals 149 8 19 27 97 17 0 1 1 20


WC-A All-Star Team (1998, 1999) Traded to Nashville by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 4th pick (Teemu Lassila) in 2003 NHL Draft for Cliff Ronning, March 16, 2002.
Missed entire 2002-03 season after being suspended by NHL for violating league substance abuse policy, September 8, 2002. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), March 27, 2003.
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