Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Markus Mattsson
Netminder Markus Mattsson made 92 appearances in the NHL during the 1980s. He was also an experienced international player for Finland and a success in the WHA.

Born in Suoneimi, Finland, Mattsson played for his country at the European Junior Championships in 1974 and 1975 and World Junior tourney in 1974. He was named the Finnish rookie of the year in 1975 and played on Team Finland at the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976. Following the 1976-77 season the New York Islanders at the Amateur Draft took him 87th overall.

Mattsson made his North American debut with the Quebec Nordiques in 1977-78 and joined the Winnipeg Jets in a trade. He made 52 appearances for the club in 1978-79 and helped them win the last Avco Cup. Mattsson was on hand the next season when Winnipeg debuted in the NHL. He shared the goaltending chores with Pierre Hamel and Michel Dion and saw plenty of rubber behind one of the worst defences in the league.

The veteran goalkeeper played for Finland at the 1981 Canada Cup then started 50 games for the CHL's Tulsa Oilers. In September 1982, he was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota North Stars but spent most of his time in the minors. Mattsson was traded to the L.A. Kings in February 1983, where he made 30 appearances over the next two years. He retired in 1984 after splitting his time between L.A. and the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1973-74 Ilves Tampere Finland
1973-74 Finland EJC-A 3 3.00
1974-75 Ilves Tampere Finland 15 0
1974-75 Finland WJC-A 5 1 3 1 0 2.80
1975-76 Ilves Tampere Finland 16 2
1975-76 Finland EJC-A 4 4.00
1976-77 Finland Can-Cup 2 1 1 0 0 11.00
1976-77 Ilves Tampere Finland
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.91
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 6 1 3 0 0 6.77
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 10 4 5 0 0 3.52
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 52 25 21 3 0 3.63
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 21 5 11 4 2 3.25
1979-80 Tulsa Oilers CHL 20 10 7 2 2 2.81
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 31 3 21 4 1 4.50
1980-81 Tulsa Oilers CHL 5 3 2 0 1 2.01
1981-82 Finland Can-Cup 2 0 2 0 0 7.50
1981-82 Tulsa Oilers CHL 50 26 23 0 0 3.95 1 0 1 0 0 7.00
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 1 1 0 1 3.60
1982-83 Birmingham South Stars CHL 28 17 10 0 1 3.31
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 5 5 4 1 4.34
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 7 8 2 1 4.31
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 31 16 10 1 0 3.88
1984-85 Tappara Tampere Finland 26 0
1985-86 Tappara Tampere Finland 33 8
1986-87 Tappara Tampere Finland 33 19 11 3 3 3.09 9 7 2 1 3.00
NHL Totals 92 21 46 14 6 4.11


Finnish Rookie of the Year (1975)
Finnish First All-Star Team (1986)
Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1977 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1977. WHA rights traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1977. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for future considerations, February, 1978. Traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for future considerations, March, 1978. Reclaimed by NY Islanders from Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed as a priority selection by Winnipeg, June 9, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 24, 1982. Traded to Los Angeles by Minnesota for Los Angeles' 3rd round pick (Stephane Roy) in 1985 NHL Draft, February 1, 1983.
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