Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mika Alatalo
Finnish left-winger Mika Alatalo was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1990, but by the time he made his way across the ocean to join the NHL the Jets were just a distant memory. Nine full seasons past following his selection and all were spent in his homeland. In 1999 Alatalo signed on with Phoenix, the city the Jets franchise transferred to, and he joined the NHL.

In 1999-00, Alatalo played all 82 games for the Phoenix Coyotes and scored 10 goals and 27 points. He spent the most of his rookie season playing on a line centered by countryman Juha Ylonen and flanked by power forward Shane Doan. Alatalo, a defensively conscious player, helped balance the line which was very effective for the Coyotes. His second year in the National Hockey League was not as productive, however. The promotion of Doan to a higher line, coupled with the additions of veteran forwards Joe Juneau and Claude Lemieux limiting his ice time affected Alatalo. Though he still managed seven goals and 19 points he elected to return to Finland for the 2001-02 season.

Alatalo signed with TPS Turku, the last club he played for before he left Finland to join the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Karpat Oulu U18 Fin-U18 18 32 27 59 18 7 9 9 18 4
1988-89 KooKoo Kouvola Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 1 0 1 4
1988-89 KooKoo Kouvola Finland 34 8 6 14 10
1988-89 Finland WJC-A 7 1 3 4 8
1988-89 Finland EJC-A 6 3 5 8 8
1989-90 KooKoo Kouvola Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 6 3 9 9
1989-90 KooKoo Kouvola Finland 41 3 5 8 22
1989-90 KooKoo Kouvola Finland-Q 4 0 1 1 6
1989-90 Finland WJC-A 7 2 1 3 0
1990-91 Lukko Rauma Finland 39 10 1 11 10
1990-91 Lukko Rauma Finland-Q 4 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Finland WJC-A 6 4 3 7 12
1991-92 Lukko Rauma Finland 43 20 17 37 32 2 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Finland Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Lukko Rauma Finland 48 16 19 35 38 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Finland Nat-Tm 19 5 4 9 12
1992-93 Finland WC-A 6 1 0 1 2
1993-94 Lukko Rauma Finland 45 19 15 34 77 9 2 2 4 4
1993-94 Finland Nat-Tm 18 5 7 12 14
1993-94 Finland Olympics 7 2 1 3 2
1993-94 Finland WC-A 6 1 0 1 8
1994-95 TPS Turku Finland 44 23 13 36 79 13 2 5 7 8
1994-95 Finland Nat-Tm 3 0 2 2 0
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 49 19 18 37 44 11 3 4 7 8
1995-96 Finland Nat-Tm 2 1 0 1 0
1996-97 Lulea HF Sweden 50 19 18 37 54 10 2 3 5 22
1996-97 Finland Nat-Tm 15 3 4 7 10
1997-98 Lulea HF Sweden 45 14 10 24 56 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 1 1 2 4
1997-98 Finland Nat-Tm 14 0 5 5 6
1998-99 TPS Turku Finland 53 14 23 37 44 10 6 3 9 6
1998-99 Finland Nat-Tm 9 1 1 2 10
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 10 17 27 36 -3 5 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 70 7 12 19 22 +1
2001-02 TPS Turku Finland 56 20 22 42 95 8 1 1 2 12
2002-03 TPS Turku Finland 55 13 16 29 68 7 3 2 5 28
2003-04 TPS Turku Finland 37 12 14 26 32 13 3 2 5 8
2004-05 TPS Turku Finland 55 11 15 26 28 6 0 1 1 0
2005-06 TPS Turku Finland 35 1 8 9 18 2 1 0 1 0
2006-07 TPS Turku Finland 47 7 11 18 28 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 152 17 29 46 58 5 0 0 0 2


Finnish First All-Star Team (1994) Rights transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Signed as a free agent by TPS Turku (Finland), May 25, 2001.
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