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Mike Farkas
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Risto Siltanen



Position: D
Shoots: R
Height/Weight: 5'8", 180 lbs.
Played: NHL (1979-1987), SM-Liiga (1976-1979, 1988-1992, 1994-1996) (also played a half season in the WHA in 1979, a year in Switzerland in 1988 and in Fin-2 for two years in the early-mid 90's)

Received marginal votes for the Norris and the AS Team at D in 1980-81.
Represented Finland many times internationally, including the 1981 Canada Cup.

SM-Liiga First All-Star Team and Rookie of the Year (1977)
World Juniors All-Star Team (1977 & 1978)
SM-Liiga First All-Star Team (1989 & 1990)

NHL points among defensemen (top 25): 10, 16, 17, 23
SM-Liiga points among defensemen (top 10): 3, 4, 6, 7

- Of the 28 eligible (300+ NHL games) defensemen with a higher points per game only 3 were not ATDers in 2012.

- In his prime (1980-1986), Siltanen was 15th in points among defensemen over that time. Seven players ahead of him are HHOFers, 13 of 14 were ATDers in 2012.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Risto Siltanen was a stand-up defenceman who was very strong and hard to move. As a result, he was often referred to by his teammates as "The Littlest Hulk."
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Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal - Aug. 8, 1979
"Siltanen, of course, is important," said Gordon. "Glen (coach Sather) intends to use him on the power play." ||| Siltanen, a 20-year-old Finn and an excellent rushing defenceman... ||| (a similar article reports that the Oilers offered the Blues $100,000 for him).
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Originally Posted by The Phoenix - Aug. 20, 1982
"Siltanen was the main one we wanted from Edmonton," said Pleau. "It's not an easy thing to trade a Mark Howe." ||| Siltanen, 23, is a highly-touted Finnish native..."We wanted a defenceman who could come down ice and keep the mobility we were losing," Pleau said.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beaver County Times - Oct. 14, 1984
Defenseman Risto Siltanen scored on a 45-foot slap shot at 2:25 overtime to give the Whalers the win.
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Originally Posted by Boston Globe - Nov. 8, 1985
Risto Siltanen, Hartford's hard-shooting defenseman...
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Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal - Dec. 13, 1979
Report card: Risto Siltanen - C - For a 5-foot-8, 180-pound , 21-year-old who can't speak good English, he's been great. Still a liability defensively. But already an asset offensively. He's learning. And he's improving.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Dec. 19, 1977
At the other end of the rink you could see the great goaltending of Sohlman and the superlative defensive play of Finland's little Pat Stapleton-sized captain. Risto Siltanen, who took charge in his own end time and again. "...he's a great defenceman." As of today every team in the NHL is well aware of that fact.
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Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar. 26, 1982
And speaking on honoring players, how about the NHL's all-Scandinavian team? You could have Ruotsalainen and either Edmonton's Risto Siltanen or Toronto's Borje Salming as the No. 1 defensive pairing...

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