Markkanen in 2007 with the Edmonton Oilers
May 8, 1975|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
HC CSKA Moscow
133rd overall, 2001|
Jussi Markkanen (born May 8, 1975) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently serving as general manager of SaiPa. Markkanen played extensively in various European professional leagues as well as the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 133rd overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, as an over-aged entrant.
Markkanen played most of his NHL career in Edmonton, except for a single season stint with the New York Rangers. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Markkanen played in the Russian Super League, where he posted a dominant 31–9–9 record. In July 2007, Jokerit agreed to a one-year contract with Markkanen for the next SM-liiga season.
After an injury to Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson, Markkanen was selected by coach Craig MacTavish to finish the 2006 Stanley Cup finals as Edmonton's number one goaltender. Markkanen won the first Stanley Cup game of his career in Game 3 of the Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes on June 10, 2006, a game in which he earned the first star of the game. In Game 5 of the final, Markkanen and the Oilers beat Carolina 4–3 in overtime thanks to Fernando Pisani's short-handed breakaway goal. In Game 6, Markkanen stopped all 16 Hurricane shots for his first career playoff shutout. Carolina won the deciding Game 7, as Markkanen gave up two goals and the Hurricanes later secured the win with an empty net goal, defeating Edmonton 3–1 to win the Stanley Cup.
After the great season in Edmonton, Markkanen did not regain the same form in the following season and after the 2006–07 NHL season, Markkanen was out of contract.
Markkanen was contracted by Finnish top-runners Jokerit, who replaced Scott Langkow with Markkanen. Markkanen's move was a bit controversial because he owns a part of SaiPa, which also plays in the Finnish SM-liiga with Jokerit.
Markkanen played well in the 2007-08 regular season, placing himself among the top goaltenders in the league. Markkanen however sustained a heavy injury during his first playoff game and missed the remainder of the playoffs.
After the end of the season, it was announced that Markkanen would return to the Russian Super League, where he played during the 2004–05 lockout-season for Lada Togliatti. Markkanen's new club was the famous Russian side CSKA Moscow, where he made 25 appearances during the 2008-09 campaign. He left on April 7, 2009 and signed with EV Zug of the Swiss Nationalliga A. His first Zug stint ended at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, when he opted to return to his native Finland.
From 2013 to February 2017, he played for SaiPa of the Finnish Liiga. In the 2013-14 season, he was presented with the Urpo Ylönen Trophy as the Liiga Goaltender of the Year. When his former club EV Zug came calling in February 2017, he signed with the Swiss team for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
He is married to his wife, Sanna. Their family suffered a tragedy on September 23, 2008 in Moscow, as one of their two sons, Olli-Matias, died after falling out of a fifth-story window while playing in the living room with his older brother, Juho. He was 4 years of age.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||New York Rangers||NHL||26||8||12||1||—||1244||53||2||2.56||.913||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|SM-liiga Best Goaltender (Urpo Ylönen trophy)||2000-01||2013-14|
|SM-liiga All-star team||2000-01||2013-14|
- Ex-NHL-Goalie für den EV Zug- NLA - Eishockey - Sport - Blick.ch
- "Zwei Finnen zum EVZ | EVZ". www.evz.ch. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
- Markkanen's loss of young son breaks Oilers' hearts Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine - Date: 24 Sept, 2008 - Accessed 10 Jan, 2012
- Jussi Markkanen at eurohockey.net
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Jussi Markanen's player page - at EV Zug (in German)
| Winner of the Urpo Ylönen trophy