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Tommy Mikael Salo (born February 1, 1971) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey goaltender and the current general manager of Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche, and previously served as head coach of IK Oskarshamn.

Tommy Salo
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Salo with Frölunda HC in August 2005
Born (1971-02-01) February 1, 1971 (age 48)
Surahammar, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Elitserien
Västerås IK
Modo Hockey
Frölunda HC
NHL

New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Avalanche
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 118th overall, 1993
New York Islanders
Playing career 1990–2007

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Playing careerEdit

Salo began his career playing three seasons in the Elitserien with Västerås IK. He was chosen 118th overall, in the fifth round, by the New York Islanders in 1993. He debuted with the Islanders in 1994–95, but would play the majority of his first two seasons in North America with New York's International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies. Playing in the IHL, Salo won back-to-back Turner Cups with the Grizzlies as league champions and earned the N.R. "Bud" Poile Trophy as playoff MVP in 1996. In his first year, he was named both league MVP and rookie of the year in 1995, in addition to First Team All-Star honours and a James Norris Memorial Trophy for allowing the fewest goals against.

In 1996–97, Salo emerged as the Islanders' starting goaltender and played in that capacity for the club until March 20, 1999, when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Mats Lindgren and an eighth-round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Radek Martínek). Salo found his stride in Edmonton and was chosen to two All-Star Games in 2000 and 2002. In 2001–02, Salo recorded a career-best 2.22 goals against average (GAA).

On March 9, 2004, after six seasons with Edmonton, Salo was traded to the Colorado Avalanche (along with a sixth-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for Tom Gilbert. As NHL play was suspended the following season due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Salo returned to Sweden in signing a one-year contract with Modo Hockey of the Elitserien.

After Modo was eliminated in the playoffs by Färjestad BK,[1] Salo announced his retirement from professional hockey on March 17, 2005, citing chronic hip pain.[2] However, on August 4, he returned to the Elitserien to sign with Frölunda HC. This led to a conflict with Modo since they had agreed to terminate his contract on account of his retirement. In light of this, the club appealed for Frölunda to pay Salo's salary. On August 11, the issue was settled after Modo withdrew their claim.[citation needed] By signing with Frölunda, Salo replaced the departing Henrik Lundqvist, who incidentally, had taken over Salo's starting position on the Swedish national team.

On December 9, 2006, in an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen, Salo announced that he would retire from playing professional hockey after the 2006–07 season.[3]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
  1994 Lillehammer

Salo first competed for Sweden in the 1991 World Junior Championships. He played in six games and posted a 3.32 GAA.

Several years later, he played an integral role in Sweden's gold medal victory at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Salo made critical saves in the gold medal game, as they defeated Canada in a shootout to secure Sweden's first Olympic gold medal in ice hockey.

In 1998, Salo once again competed in the Winter Olympics, as NHL players were allowed to compete for the first time. He played in four games as Sweden failed to medal.

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salo started for Sweden once more and were favourites to win the gold medal, placing first in the round robin. However, in the quarter-final game against Belarus, with the game tied late in the third period, Salo surrendered a 20-metre goal from defenceman Vladimir Kopat. The long slap shot puck bounced off Salo's mask after he had hopped, went up in the air, and bounced off of his back and into the net. Sweden would not recover and Salo was made the scapegoat in one of the biggest upsets in international hockey history. Sweden captain Mats Sundin berated fans and media for singling-out Salo, saying that "the entire team played subpar, a single fluke goal shouldn't cost us the game".[citation needed] Some would claim that Salo was never the same after the incident.[4]

Coaching and executive careerEdit

Shortly after completing his playing career, on March 5, 2007, Kungälvs IK of the Swedish tier III league announced that Salo would be their head coach for the next two seasons.[5] Following his tenure with the club, he signed with IK Oskarshamn on March 12, 2009.[6]

On December 1, 2010, Salo left his post at IK Oskarshamn to become general manager of Leksands IF.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 Surahammars IF SWE.2 Jr 18 3.67
1988–89 Surahammars IF SWE.2 1 60 5 0 5.00 .872
1989–90 Västerås IK SWE U20 2 2.55
1990–91 Västerås IK SEL 2 100 11 0 6.60 .851
1990–91 IK Westmannia-Köping SWE.2 24 3.37 .879
1991–92 IK Westmannia-Köping SWE.2 29 3.23 .882 3 3.33 .905
1992–93 Västerås IK SEL 24 1431 59 2 2.46 .918 2 120 6 0 3.00 .895
1993–94 Västerås IK SEL 32 1896 106 0 3.35 .885 4 0 4.75 .852
1994–95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 65 45 14 4 3810 165 3 2.60 .910 8 7 0 390 20 0 3.07 .890
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 6 1 5 0 358 18 0 3.02 .905
1995–96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 45 28 15 2 2695 119 4 2.65 .902 22 15 7 1341 51 3 2.28 .919
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 10 1 7 1 523 35 0 4.02 .860
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 58 20 27 8 3208 151 5 2.82 .904
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 62 23 29 5 3461 152 4 2.64 .906
1998–99 New York Islanders NHL 51 17 26 7 3018 132 5 2.62 .904
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 8 2 2 700 27 0 2.31 .903 4 0 4 296 11 0 2.23 .926
1999–2000 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 27 28 13 4164 162 2 2.33 .914 5 1 4 297 14 0 2.83 .895
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 36 25 12 4364 179 8 2.46 .904 6 2 4 406 15 0 2.22 .920
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 30 28 10 4035 149 6 2.22 .913
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 29 27 8 3814 172 4 2.71 .899 6 2 4 343 18 0 3.15 .888
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 17 18 6 2487 107 3 2.58 .896
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 1 3 1 304 12 0 2.37 .912 1 0 0 27 0 0 0.00 1.000
2004–05 Modo Hockey SEL 36 16 15 5 2165 93 0 2.58 .909 6 2 4 358 19 1 3.18 .888
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 37 25 10 1 2189 90 0 2.47 .911 17 10 7 1019 40 1 2.35 .920
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 22 6 12 3 1277 70 1 3.29 .875
SEL totals 153 9058 429 3 2.84 29 2
NHL totals 526 210 225 73 30,436 1296 37 2.55 .905 22 5 16 1369 58 0 2.54 .909

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1991 Sweden WJC 6 3 3 0 343 19 1 3.32
1994 Sweden OG 6 5 1 0 370 13 1 2.11 .896
1994 Sweden WC 3 1 1 1 180 10 0 3.33 .846
1996 Sweden WCH 2 1 1 0 160 4 0 1.50 .937
1997 Sweden WC 10 6 3 1 597 20 1 2.00 .918
1998 Sweden OG 4 2 2 0 238 9 0 2.27 .918
1998 Sweden WC 9 9 0 0 540 7 3 0.77 .951
1999 Sweden WC 8 424 13 0 1.84 .921
2000 Sweden WC 6 3 3 0 359 10 1 1.67 .922
2001 Sweden WC 8 494 16 2 1.94 .920
2002 Sweden OG 3 2 1 0 179 7 0 2.35 .924
2002 Sweden WC 9 429 14 1 1.96 .919
2004 Sweden WCH 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .895
Senior totals 69 4030 125 9 1.86

AwardsEdit

International

IHL

NHL

  • Won the Zane Feldman Trophy–Edmonton Oilers MVP in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
  • Ranked third in Edmonton Oilers-Goalies All-Time NHL Win Leaders with - 147 Wins.
  • Single-season leaders Most shutouts in a season: 8, (2000–01) in Edmonton Oilers
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2000 and 2002.
  • Named NHL Player of the Week on March 25, 2002 and March 10, 2003.
  • Won the Molson Cup in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
  • NHL-drafted By New York Islanders , 5th round, 14th pick, (118th overall) in NHL Entry Draft 1993.

Elitserien

RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Without injured Forsber, Modo ousted from playoffs". USA Today. 2005-03-18. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  2. ^ "Salo retires from hockey due to hip injuries". CBC Sports. 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  3. ^ Mattias Eriksson (2006). "Tommy Salo slutar" (in Swedish). Expressen.se. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  4. ^ http://www.ourhometown.ca/edmonton/sports/RS0391.php
  5. ^ Styrelsen, Kungälvs Ishockey Klubb (2007). "Tommy Salo ny tränare i Kungälvs Ishockey Klubb" (PDF) (in Swedish). Kungälv Hockey. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Tommy Salo new coach in IKO" (in Swedish). IK Oskarshamn. 2009-03-12.

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