Tapio Antero Levo
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 9.24.55 Pori, Finland
How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from Assat Pori (Finland), 7.8.81
How he left: Resigned with Assat Pori after 82-83 season.
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1981-82
COL
34
9
13
22
-13
14
70
3
5
8
0
0
0
0
1982-83
NJ
73
7
40
47
-41
22
187
5
29
34
0
0
0
0
Team Career
Totals
COL
34
9
13
22
-13
14
70
3
5
8
0
0
0
0
Team Career
Totals
NJ
73
7
40
47
-41
22
187
5
29
34
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
107
16
53
69
-54
36
257
8
34
42
0
0
0
0
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Levo opted to stay in his native Finland after being drafted, and was regarded as one of the top offensive backliners in
the country, especially dangerous on the power play.

After a busy run in the late 70s into the early 80s, which saw him captain Finland at the Lake Placid Olympics, as well
as rep his country at Worlds and the Canada Cup tournaments, he decided to finally give the NHL a try in 1981, signing
on with the Rockies. He only played 34 games in 81-82 thanks in part due to an arm injury in Vancouver that caused
him to miss 3 1/2 months.

He got to show what he could do with a full season after the Rockies became the Devils. He amassed the most assists on
the team that year with 40, and was a power play specialist, as well.

He decided to return to Assat after that season, and there was where he finished his career. The upside to coming to
North America was that it did contribute to raising his game to a new level. He had put up Ray Bourque-esque numbers
for the rest of his career in Finland, including 79 points in 89-90. (The amazing thing about this stat is the SM-Liiga
season plays half the games the NHL does.)

He retired in 1993 and was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. The Aces also retired his #12 in
2007.
Entry Draft: 1975 Eighth Round Pick (139th overall) by the
Pittsburgh Penguins
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