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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.

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."
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).
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Boston Globe - Nov. 8, 1985
Risto Siltanen, Hartford's hard-shooting defenseman...
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.
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.
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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