Jere Sallinen

Jere Sallinen (born October 26, 1990) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger who is currently playing with EHC Biel of the National League (NL). He was originally selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 6th round (163rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Tomi also plays professional hockey in Europe.

Jere Sallinen
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Born (1990-10-26) October 26, 1990 (age 32)
Espoo, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NL team
Former teams
EHC Biel
Espoo Blues
HPK Hämeenlinna
Örebro HK
Jokerit
Bakersfield Condors
HIFK
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 163rd overall, 2009
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Sallinen played youth hockey within the Espoo Blues organization, before making his senior debut with the club in the 2007–08 season. Sallinen was a late round selection in the 2009 NHL draft for the Minnesota Wild, however opted to continue his professional career in Europe. In the midst of his fifth season with Espoo, while still attempting to establish himself at the SM-liiga level, he was loaned to fellow Finnish club, HPK to finish out the 2011–12 season.[1]

On May 2, 2012, Sallinen made the move to HPK permanent from the Blues on a two-year deal.[2] He responded instantly to his new club in breaking out with a career high 15 goals and 42 points in 57 games for the 2012–13 season. In the final year of his contract with HPK, Sallinen was unable to reproduce his offensive presence from the previous campaign and was a late season transfer candidate in agreeing to move to the Swedish Hockey League with Örebro HK on February 21, 2014.

After 6 games and helping Örebro HK avoid relegation, Sallinen as a free agent agreed to sign with Finnish Kontinental Hockey League entrant, Jokerit on a two-year deal on April 14, 2014.[3] Over two seasons with Jokerit, Sallinen appeared in 98 regular season KHL games with the club for 34 points.

Following Jokerit's surprise first round defeat to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the 2015–16 season, Sallinen as a free agent agreed to pursue an NHL career in signing a one-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on March 13, 2016.[4] In the 2016–17 season, Sallinen was unable to make an impact in North America, registering just 10 points in 53 games with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.

With the Condors unable to gain a post-season berth, Sallinen as an impending free agent opted to return to Sweden for a second stint with Örebro HK of the SHL. He signed a two-year contract on May 12, 2017.[5]

At the conclusion of his contract in Sweden, Sallinen returned to the Liiga in Finland, agreeing to an optional two-year deal with HIFK on 7 May 2019.[6]

On June 18, 2021, Sallinen joined EHC Biel of the National League (NL) on a one-year deal.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Espoo Blues Jr. A 36 11 19 30 94 3 0 2 2 8
2007–08 Espoo Blues SM-l 6 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Espoo Blues Jr. A 9 1 2 3 31
2009–10 Espoo Blues Jr. A 6 5 3 8 10
2009–10 Espoo Blues SM-l 38 5 6 11 18 3 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Espoo Blues SM-l 55 6 8 14 28 11 1 0 1 10
2010–11 Espoo Blues Jr. A 3 5 0 5 4
2011–12 Espoo Blues SM-l 21 1 2 3 39
2011–12 Jokipojat Mestis 15 4 5 9 4
2011–12 HPK SM-l 11 1 2 3 2
2012–13 HPK SM-l 57 15 27 42 30 5 1 1 2 6
2013–14 HPK Liiga 51 5 14 19 88
2013–14 Örebro HK SHL 6 2 1 3 0
2014–15 Jokerit KHL 48 8 7 15 28 10 1 3 4 6
2015–16 Jokerit KHL 50 8 11 19 79 6 0 0 0 8
2016–17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 53 4 6 10 20
2017–18 Örebro HK SHL 50 8 15 23 38
2018–19 Örebro HK SHL 51 8 14 22 53 2 0 0 0 0
2019–20 HIFK Liiga 53 22 17 39 12
2020–21 HIFK Liiga 45 15 20 35 20 8 4 0 4 4
2021–22 EHC Biel NL 32 11 8 19 18 6 1 0 1 2
Liiga totals 337 70 96 166 239 27 6 3 9 22
KHL totals 98 16 18 34 107 16 1 3 4 14
Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2019 Slovakia
  2022 Finland
  2014 Belarus
  2021 Latvia

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Finland U18 6th 6 2 1 3 31
2010 Finland WJC 5th 2 0 0 0 0
2014 Finland WC   9 0 0 0 4
2019 Finland WC   9 1 0 1 4
2021 Finland WC   9 0 1 1 0
2022 Finland WC   10 1 3 4 0
Junior totals 8 2 1 3 31
Senior totals 37 2 4 6 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sallinen loaned to HPK for duration of season". Espoo Blues (in Finnish). 2012-01-30. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  2. ^ "HPK agree contract with four players". HPK. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  3. ^ "Helenius and Sallinen sign contracts". Jokerit. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  4. ^ "Oilers sign Sallinen". Edmonton Oilers. 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  5. ^ "Jere Sallinen returns to OHK" (in Swedish). Örebro HK. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  6. ^ "Eight new players at HIFK" (in Finnish). HIFK. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Helsinki's Jere Sallinen joins EHC Biel". swisshockeynews.ch. 18 June 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.

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