Tom Maki was born August 19, 1983 in Helsinki, Finland. The fourth round, 108th overall selection of the Calgary Flames in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Maki is a gradate of Jokerit in the Finnish SM-liiga.
Following a few injury plagued years in Finland, the creative right winger made his professional hockey debut in North America with the Flames' AHL affiliate in Omaha. He spent the entire season in the AHL and tallied 29 points in 80 games. The next season he made his first NHL appearance with Calgary, playing in a December 12, match-up against the Minnesota Wild.