Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Jari Kurri Jersey Card

You've seen me talking about Jari Kurri a lot these past couple of years, be it when Jarome Iginla joined him in the 600-goal club or when referencing other Finnish greats such as Saku Koivu and Kimmo Timonen, and it's time to feature the man himself, with card #CC-JK from the Canvas Clippings of Upper Deck's 2008-09 Masterpieces collection:
Kurri was inducted in the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2001, a fitting gesture for a player who had as much individual as team success: he finished his career with 601 goals, 797 assists and 1398 points in 1251 regular-season games and 106 goals, 127 assists and 233 points in 202 playoff games.

He led the league in goals in 1985-86 with 68 - which isn't his career high, as he'd scored 71 the previous year - but he also did so four times in the postseason, including a still-standing record 19 in 1984-85. He's also part of the "50 goals in 50 games" club.

He has nine All-Star Game appearances, made the end-of-season All-Star Teams a total of five times (the First Team in 1985 and 1987, and the Second Team in 1984, 1986 and 1989), and won the Lady Byng in 1984-85.

He's also not limited to his five Stanley Cups with the powerhouse Oilers: he also has silver medal from the 1994 World Championships and bronze at the 1998 Olympics.

He's currently the general manager of renowned Finnish team Helsinki Jokerit as well as Team Finland in many international competitions. He was also part of the moving Rexall Place closing ceremonies yesterday.

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