Height: 6' 1", Weight: 209 pounds
Born: 1.25.65 Helsinki, Finland
|How he arrived: Traded by the St. Louis Blues for Devils' 3rd round pick in the 1997 E.D., 11.1.95
How he left: Traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Canucks' 2nd round pick in the 1996 E.D.,
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Tikkanen has always had a gift for gab... Even if you didn't understand what the hell he was saying half the time. Good
player to begin with, especially on the defensive side, but the jabber made him an effective agitator in his career.
And we already know his championship resume with all those years he played for the Edmonton Oilers.
But he only played for the Devils for 3 weeks... What, did he wear out his welcome with Lou or something?
Unfortunately for the Canucks, though, when the trade happened, Tikkanen was injured (knee) in his last game for the
Devils, and would not debut for them until after New Year's.
Regardless of the circumstances, this was the middle of the nomadic part of his career. (One thing I've noticed about the
good players of the 80s when they entered the 90s.)
He retired from NHL play after the 98-99 season, which was his third stint with the New York Rangers at that time. I
say just NHL play because he played a season with Jokerit of the Finnish League and one with Essen of the German
League. After that season was when he retired retired. He did attempt a comeback in Korea in 04-05, though.
He tried coaching after that comeback attempt; he coach one season with the Frisk Tigers of the Norwegian League.
He wouldn't be behind the bench anywhere again until he finished the 10-11 season for Jokipojat, a Finnish second
|Entry Draft: 1983 Fourth Round Pick (80th overall) by the