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01-15-2012, 11:32 PM
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Location: Regina, SK
Jorma Valtonen, G
Valtonen was a mainstay on the Finnish national team for the entire 1970s, plus the 1984 Olympics. He had a ridiculously long domestic career, playing from age 18-41 in the top Finnish league (1964-1987) with the exception of one year in the relegation division, three in Italy and one in Germany.
It's tough to figure who was better between he and Urpo Ylonen. Domestically, Ylonen was winning all those top goalie awards, and league MVP awards. Internationally, they turned to Ylonen more.
- 6th all-time among goalies with 61 career international games
- 15th all-time in international wins (23-30-8)
- Top goalie at the 1972 World Championships
- Downside is that he never medalled at any event, but tough to do with Canada, USSR & Czechs dominating
It's not that he wasn't decorated domestically too. He was. In 1971, 1972, and 1980 he was the Finnish league's top goalie, and in 1972 he was player of the year. (Ylonen had five top goalie awards and three MVPs)
What it looks like, is the 3-year older Ylonen was Finland's go-go guy throughout the 60s and then Valtonen took over from there. Ylonen, in a late career renaissance, took over for Valtonen at the 1976 Olympics and the 1978 Worlds.
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Jorma Valtonen was born on December 22, 1946 in Turku, Finland. During his long career as a goalie in Finland, he represented TPS Turku, RU-38 Pori (national champion 1967), Ässät Pori (national champion 1971), Jokerit Helsinki (national champion 1973) and FoPS. While playing abroad, Valtonen started for our local SerieA Team HC Gardena in the season1975/76 leading it to the championship victory! He also played for Alleghe (Italy) and EHC München (Germany) and was the first finnish goalie to be invited at NHL-training camps (Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins) in the early 70‘s. Over the course of suiting up for 232 national team games for Finland, „Valtsu“ participated 9 times in the IIHF World Championship tournaments between 1970 and 1979. In the 1972 tournament in Prague, he took home an individual honour, winning the IIHF Directorate Best Goalkeeper Award. He also was a three-time participant in the Olympic Winter Games (1972, 1980 and 1984) and in the 1976 Canada Cup. He was inducted in the Finnish Hockey Hall Of Fame in 1989.
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