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Petri Kalevi Skriko (born March 13, 1962 in Lappeenranta, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player, best remembered for his seasons starring in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks in the 1980s. He is currently a scout for the Calgary Flames.[1]

Petri Skriko
Born (1962-03-13) March 13, 1962 (age 57)
Lappeenranta, FIN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins
Winnipeg Jets
San Jose Sharks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 157th overall, 1981
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1979–1999

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Playing careerEdit

Skriko was a teenage phenom in Finland for his hometown club SaiPa Lappeenranta as he emerged as a star at the age of 18 and was named the SM-Liiga Rookie of the Year in 1981. That summer, he was drafted into the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks as the 157th pick in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

In ensuing seasons, his stock continued to rise as he developed into one of the top players in Finland. He dominated the 1982 World Junior Championships – earning top forward honours with 15 points in 7 games – and turned in stellar performances at the 1983 World Championships and the 1984 Olympics. In 1983–84, he was named to the SM-Liiga All-star team.

For the 1984–85 season, Skriko signed with the Canucks and went to North America. He enjoyed a solid rookie season, finishing with 21 goals and 35 points in 72 games, good for eighth on the team in scoring.

In 1985–86, Skriko emerged as a star for the Canucks, leading the team with 78 points. From 1985 to 1989, he recorded four consecutive 30-goal seasons and twice led the Canucks in scoring. In November 1986, he recorded three hat tricks in eight days and became the first-ever Canuck named NHL Player of the Month.

In 1989–90, however, his totals fell to 15 goals and 48 points. After a slow start to the 1990–91 season, Skriko was dealt to the Boston Bruins for a draft pick. His play picked up somewhat in Boston, as he recorded 19 points in 28 games for the Bruins, and added eight more points in the playoffs, en route to the conference finals.

In 1991–92 he was traded again, to the Winnipeg Jets, finishing the season with three goals in 24 games. He signed with the San Jose Sharks for 1992–93, but was released two months into the season and returned to Europe.

After a brief stint back in the SM-Liiga, Skriko moved to the Danish league with Herning IK in 1993. He would be one of the best players ever to play in Denmark, helping his team to four championships and earning two Player-of-the-Year honours. He retired in 1999, but continued on as the team's head coach, winning another title in that capacity in 2001. He then returned to Finland to coach SaiPa for three seasons.

In nine seasons in the NHL, Skriko recorded 183 goals and 222 assists for 405 points in 541 games, along with 246 penalty minutes. Including his time in Europe, he spent 20 seasons as a pro, recording over 1200 points in more than 1000 games.

International careerEdit

Petri Skriko
Medal record
World Junior Championships
  1981 Finland
  1982 Finland

Skriko is one of the most decorated players in Finnish international hockey history. He would help Team Finland to a Silver medal at the 1981 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and a Bronze at the 1982 World Juniors, where he was named the tournament's top forward. He represented Finland at the 1984 Winter Olympics - again leading the team in scoring - and the 1992 Winter Olympics. He would also play in the 1983, 1985, and 1987 World Championships, and the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups. Altogether, he appeared in 55 senior international games for Finland, recording 17 goals and 33 points.

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • SM-liiga Rookie of the Year (1980–81)
  • SM-liiga All-Star Team (1983–84)
  • Top Forward and Tournament All-Star, 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships[2]
  • Vancouver Canucks' leading scorer (1985–86, 1988–89)
  • Molson Cup winner for Vancouver Canucks (most three-stars selections, 1986–87)
  • First Finnish player ever to play for the Vancouver Canucks
  • First Vancouver Canuck ever named NHL Player of the Month (November 1986)
  • Most hat-tricks in a season by a Vancouver Canuck (4, 1986–87)
  • 10th all-time in Canuck scoring (373 points)
  • Denmark Player of the Year (1994–95, 1996–97)
  • #9 jersey retired by SaiPa Lappeenranta

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 SaiPa FIN II 36 25 20 45 8
1980–81 SaiPa SM-l 36 20 13 33 14
1981–82 SaiPa SM-l 33 19 27 46 24
1982–83 SaiPa SM-l 36 23 12 35 12 2 0 0 0 2
1983–84 SaiPa SM-l 32 25 26 51 13
1984–85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 21 14 35 10
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 38 40 78 34 3 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 33 41 74 44
1987–88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 30 34 64 32
1988–89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 30 36 66 57 7 1 5 6 0
1989–90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 15 33 48 36
1990–91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 4 4 8 8
1990–91 Boston Bruins NHL 28 5 14 19 9 18 4 4 8 4
1991–92 Boston Bruins NHL 9 1 0 1 6
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 15 2 3 5 4
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 17 4 3 7 6
1992–93 Kiekko-Espoo SM-l 18 5 4 9 8
1993–94 Herning IK DNK 35 37 40 77 20
1994–95 Herning IK DNK 42 45 57 102 22
1995–96 Herning IK DNK 39 40 55 95 30
1996–97 Herning IK DNK 48 49 60 109 57
1997–98 Herning IK DNK 47 38 58 96 43
1998–99 Herning IK DNK 38 26 44 70 14
SM-l totals 155 92 82 174 71 2 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 541 183 222 405 246 28 5 9 14 4
DNK totals 249 235 314 549 186

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1980 Finland EJC 5 3 1 4 15
1981 Finland WJC 5 3 3 6 10
1982 Finland WJC 7 8 7 15 4
1983 Finland WC 10 4 2 6 6
1984 Finland OG 6 6 4 10 8
1987 Finland CC 5 0 1 1 2
1987 Finland WC 10 1 1 2 2
1991 Finland CC 6 3 2 5 4
1992 Finland OG 8 1 4 5 4
Junior totals 17 14 11 25 29
Senior totals 55 17 16 33 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Calgary Flames Hockey Operations". NHL.com. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  2. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.514, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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