January 6, 1960|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Men's ice hockey|
|European Junior Championships|
|World Junior Championships|
Despite the identical last names, he is not related to another ice hockey coach, Jukka Jalonen.
A product of Oulun Kärpät, Jalonen played parts of two seasons (82-83, 83-84) at the NHL level, with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. He made a total of 37 NHL appearances. He is best known for his time in SM-liiga, but also had stints in Sweden (Skellefteå HC) and France (Dragons de Rouen).
Jalonen represented Finland internationally on nine occasions, including with the silver-medal winning 1980 World Juniors team and the bronze-medal winning 1986 European Championship team.
After his Playing Career, Jalonen has made himself a career in coaching.
Jalonen has coached successful SM-liiga teams TPS, Kärpät and HIFK. He has won four Finnish national championships as a head coach: three with Kärpät and one with HIFK. Jalonen also played for HIFK during his playing career. He received Liiga Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and 2007.
Jalonen started as the head coach of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in KHL from the beginning of the 2011–12 season and parted ways with the club during the 2012–13 season. During the 2013–14 season he took over as head coach of fellow KHL team Lev Praha and guided the side to the Gagarin Cup finals, losing to Metallurg Magnitogorsk in seven games.
He was appointed head coach of Finland's national team in 2014. In April 2016, he was named head coach of SC Bern of the Swiss top-flight National League A (NLA). He guided the Finnish national team to a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia before stepping aside to take on the Bern job. He guided Bern to the Swiss championship in his first year in charge (2017) and also in 2019. On January 28, 2020, Jalonen was fired by SC Bern, following bad results. Hans Kossmann took over at the helm of the team. Bern was ranked 9th in the Swiss championship when Jalonen was sacked.
Awards and titles
As a Player
- SM-Liiga champion, Kanada-malja: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93
- SM-Liiga silver: 1986–87
- SM-Liiga bronze: 1979–80, 1983–84, 1988–89,1993–94
- Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy winner: 1979
- Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy winner: 1987
- SM-liiga First All-Star Team: 1987, 1989
- IIHF European Cup silver: 1989–90
- Ligue Magnus champion: 1994–95
- Six Nations Tournament champion: 1995–96
- Ligue Magnus silver: 1995–96
As a Coach
- SM-Liiga champion, Kanada-malja: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01 (as assistant coach). 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11 (as head coach)
- Kalevi Numminen trophy winner: 2005, 2007
- KHL silver: 2013–14 (as head coach)
- Silver medal at IIHF World U20 Championships: 2001 (as head coach)
- Silver medal at IIHF World Championships: 2016 (as head coach)
- National League champion: 2016–17, 2018-2019 (as head coach)
Regular season and playoffs
|1994–95||Dragons de Rouen||FRA||23||16||18||34||4||8||5||13||18||4|
|1995–96||Dragons de Rouen||FRA||18||8||26||34||27||5||4||4||8||0|
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- "sports | Finland Times". www.finlandtimes.fi. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
- "Marjamaki to take over". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
- "Kari der Grosse". bernerzeitung.ch/. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
- "Hans Kossmann übernimmt - Kari Jalonen beim SC Bern entlassen". Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) (in German). 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
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