Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tommy Salo
Tommy Salo will always be known as the goalkeeper who won the gold medal for Sweden at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994. He was born in the industrial town of Sjurhammer on February 1, 1971 and made his debut in the international arena at the 1991 World Junior Championship. From the beginning, Salo was noticed not only for his physical strength and quick reaction time but also for his tremendous stamina.

As the best rookie in the IHL, Salo joined the New York Islanders in the 1994-95 season, beating out his compatriot Tommy Soderstrom and Canadian Eric Fichaud for the top spot. Islanders coach Mike Milbury pinned his hopes on the quiet Salo, and he wasn't disappointed. Salo successfully defended the Islanders' net and played for Sweden in the World Championship whenever the Islanders didn't make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Salo got to go to Nagano in 1998, but, despite the fact that he played a good game, Sweden lost in the quarterfinals to their long-time rival, Finland.

Another goalkeeper might have lost heart and given up, but not Salo. He proved it that very same season at the 1998 World Championship in Switzerland, helping Sweden win the gold. To this he added the bronze at the 1999 World Championship in Norway, showing once again that he was a superior goaltender.

After the Oilers were eliminated in the first round of the 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs, Salo once again represented his homeland at the World Championships. Although his style may be unconventional, Salo established a career high in wins with 36 during the 2000-01 season and yet again represented his homeland later that spring at the World Championships.

The distinctive quality of Salo's career has been the consistency of his playing. Following a 36-win season the previous year, Salo was a work horse once again for the young Oilers in 2001-02. Another 30-win season, a third trip to the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and his fifth appearance at the World Championships, Salo has played his share hockey since his arrival in Edmonton and continued his strong play throughout the 2002-03 season.

The 2003-04 season would be Salo's last season with the Oilers, after he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche at the trading deadline. After ten seasons in the NHL, Salo opted to return overseas in 2004-05.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1990-91 Vasteras IK Sweden 2 0 6.60
1990-91 Sweden WJC-A 6 3 3 0 1 3.32
1991-92 IKW Koping Sweden-2 0 0.00
1992-93 Vasteras IK Sweden 24 2 2.47 2 0 3.00
1993-94 Vasteras IK Sweden 32 0 3.35
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 6 5 1 0 1 2.11
1993-94 Sweden WC-A 3 1 1 1 3.33
1994-95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 65 45 14 4 3 2.60 8 7 0 0 3.07
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 6 1 5 0 0 3.02
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 10 1 7 1 0 4.02
1995-96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 45 28 15 2 4 2.65 22 15 7 3 2.28
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 2 1 1 0 0 1.50
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 58 20 27 8 5 2.82
1996-97 Sweden WC-A 10 6 3 1 1 2.01
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 62 23 29 5 4 2.64
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 2 2 0 0 2.27
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 9 9 0 0 3 0.78
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 51 17 26 7 5 2.62
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 8 2 2 0 2.31 4 0 4 0 2.23
1998-99 Sweden WC-A 8 0 1.84
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 27 28 13 2 2.33 5 1 4 0 2.83
1999-00 Sweden WC-A 6 3 3 0 1 1.67
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 36 25 12 8 2.46 6 2 4 0 2.22
2000-01 Sweden WC-A 8 2 1.94
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 30 28 10 6 2.22
2001-02 Sweden Olympics 3 2 1 0 0 2.35
2001-02 Sweden WC-A 9 1 1.96
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 29 27 8 4 2.71 6 2 4 0 3.15
2002-03 Sweden WC-A 3 0 4.15
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 17 18 6 3 2.58
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 1 3 1 0 2.37 1 0 0 0 0.00
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
2004-05 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 0 2.58 6 1 3.18
2005-06 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 37 0 2.47 17 1 2.35
2006-07 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 22 1 3.29
NHL Totals 526 210 225 73 37 2.55 22 5 16 0 2.54


IHL First All-Star Team (1995)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1995)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1995)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1995)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1996) (shared with Mark McArthur)
Norman R. ``Bud'' Poile Trophy (Playoff MVP - IHL) (1996)
WC-A All-Star Team (1997, 1998, 1999)
Named Best Goaltender at WC-A (1997, 1999) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000, 2002)
Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders for Mats Lindgren and Edmonton's 8th round pick (Radek Martinek) in 1999 NHL Draft, March 20, 1999. Traded to Colorado by Edmonton with Edmonton's 6th round pick (Justin Mercier) in 2005 NHL Draft for Tom Gilbert, March 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), June 3, 2004.
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