Winger Petri Varis joined Jokerit Helsinki in 1993 and represented his country at the 1994 Olympics that same season. With Jokerit he soon established himself as a solid offense force and led the league in goal production during the 1996-97. Shortly after representing Finland at the World Championships his NHL rights were traded from San Jose to Chicago in a deal for veteran forward Murray Craven.
The Blackhawks were able to convince Varis that the future of his career was in North America and he crossed the ocean to play the 1997-98 campaign.
Varis spent all but one game with the Hawks minor league club in Indianapolis where his 72 points was good for second on the club. The one game away from Indianapolis was spent with Chicago but he was unable to bring his offensive success with him to the Windy City.
Varis went back overseas for the 1998-99 to play for the Cologne Sharks then returned to his former club, Jokerit Helsinki in 1999. Varis led the club in scoring in 2000-01, then retired from the game.