Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jussi Markkanen
Jussi Markkanen was born May 8, 1975 in Imatra, Finland. The fifth round, 133rd overall selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Markkanen honed his skills in the Finnish Junior and Elite Leagues before making his North American debut in 2001-02.

A two-time member of Finland's World Junior Team (1994-1995) Markkanen made his NHL debut with the Oilers during the 2001-02 season, posting a 6-4-2 record while also seeing limited action with the team's AHL affiliate in Hamilton. Markkanen went on to play 22 games the following year before having his rights dealt to the New York Rangers in exchange for the rights of Brian Leetch, who would eventually re-sign with the Rangers. However, Markkanen's stay in New York would last not even one full season, as he was packaged in a deal with Petr Nedved that sent both players to Edmonton.

Throughout the 2005-06 NHL regular season, Markkanen shared the starting role as goaltender with the Edmonton Oilers and posted a 15-12-6 record. At the NHL trading deadline the Oilers traded for depth in goaltending and acquired Dwayne Roloson from the Minnesota Wild. That season the Oilers snuck into the NHL playoffs and surprised the league by advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. Markkanen didn't see playoff action until the Stanley Cup Final when Dwayne Roloson suffered a knee injury in Game 1 of the series. In the Stanley Cup Finals Markkanen and the Oilers would finish just one win shy of capturing the franchises sixth Stanley Cup.

A member of Finland's 2002 Winter Olympic Team, Markkanen is also two-time member of its World Championships team (2002, 2004).

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1991-92 SaiPa Lappeenranta Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 3 3 0 0 4.16
1992-93 SaiPa Lappeenranta Jr. Fin-Jr. 7 0 4.58
1992-93 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland-2 16 6 6 2 0 4.51
1993-94 SaiPa Lappeenranta Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 2.26
1993-94 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland-2 30 3.37
1993-94 Finland WJC-A 3 3.00
1994-95 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland-2 36 2.76 10 6 4 0 3.19
1994-95 Finland WJC-A 5 2 2 1 3.65
1995-96 Tappara Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 4.23
1995-96 Tappara Tampere Finland 23 11 8 2 1 2.86
1996-97 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 41 9 24 7 0 3.38
1997-98 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 48 21 20 5 4 2.88 3 0 3 0 4.02
1998-99 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 45 21 19 4 4 2.39 7 3 3 0 3.44
1999-00 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 48 14 23 9 2 3.24
2000-01 Tappara Tampere Finland 52 30 17 4 9 2.09 10 7 3 1 1.78
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 6 4 2 2 1.84
2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 4 2 2 0 0 2.26
2001-02 Finland Olympics
2001-02 Finland WC-A 7 1.40
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 22 7 8 3 3 2.59 1 0 0 0 4.29
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 26 8 12 1 2 2.56
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 2 2 2 0 1.83
2003-04 Finland WC-A 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
2004-05 Lada Togliatti Russia 54 11 1.20 10 1 1.44
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 15 12 6 0 3.13 6 3 3 1 2.17
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 22 5 9 1 0 3.15
2007-08 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 50 26 11 12 4 2.33 1 0 0 0 3.00
2008-09 CSKA Moscow KHL 18 1 2.45 7 0 1.74
2009-10 EV Zug Swiss 47 30 17 0 6 2.43 13 6 7 0 3.92
2010-11 EV Zug Swiss 39 24 14 3 2.68 10 4 6 0 3.51
2011-12 EV Zug Swiss 43 28 15 0 3 2.38 9 4 5 0 3.18
2012-13 EV Zug Swiss 26 17 9 0 1 2.86 12 6 6 1 2.40
2013-14 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 47 22 12 10 5 2.03 12 5 7 1 2.45
2014-15 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 47 19 16 11 6 2.00 3 2 1 1 1.66
2015-16 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 35 18 8 8 3 1.96
2016-17 EV Zug Swiss 1 0 1 0 0 5.12
2016-17 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 26 8 12 5 1 2.77
NHL Totals 128 43 47 15 7 2.69 7 3 3 1 2.24


Traded to NY Rangers by Edmonton with Edmonton's 4th round pick (later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Roman Kukumberg) for Brian Leetch, June 30, 2003. Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers with Petr Nedved for Steve Valiquette, Dwight Helminen and Edmonton's 2nd round compensatory pick (Dane Byers) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 3, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), September 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), July 30, 2007.
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