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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The Kurri file
By Phillip Lee
Special to ESPN Classic

Yari Kurri

  • Born - Helsinki, Finland, May 18, 1960
  • 6-1", 195 lbs.
  • Right wing
  • Shoots right
  • Edmonton's 3rd choice, 69th overall, in 1980 NHL Entry Draft

    Jari Kurri along with Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and somebody named Wayne Gretzky helped the Edmonton Oilers dominate the National Hockey League during the 1980s.

    Kurri began his career in Finland as a member of Jokerit Helsinki in 1977. During the three years he played in Finland, he represented his country at the World Junior Championships and in the 1980 Olympics. Kurri left Finland for the Oilers when he was selected in the third round (69th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He was instrumental in helping Edmonton to five Stanley Cup Championships, especially during the 1983-84 playoffs when he led the Oilers with 14 post-season goals.

    Kurri finished his career with 601 regular-season goals and 106 playoff goals.

    Career highlights:

  • won five Stanley Cup championships

  • NHL first team All-Star (1985, 1987)

  • Won Lady Byng Trophy (1985)

  • Participated in eight NHL All-Star Games

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