Remembering Ilkka Sinisalo, the former Philadelphia Flyers player and scout who died peacefully in Finland on Wednesday.
Ilkka Sinisalo spent nine seasons for the Flyers scoring 199 goals, 209 assists and 408 points in 526 career games for the Orange and Black.
Sinisalo finished his career, scoring the 7th most goals by a Finnish-born player in NHL history.
His best seasons came in 1985 and 1986 when he scored 73 and 76 points respectively. Sinisalo competed in two Stanley Cup finals for the Flyers in 1985 and 1987.
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The Finnish born forward played a total of 12 NHL seasons playing all but 56 of career games in a Flyers uniform.
Sinisalo was a European scout for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2004 until 2017.
“Ilkka was a true friend and loyal member of the Flyers,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “He gave a great deal of his time, effort and talents to the organization in several capacities as a player and long-time scout to bring this franchise success on and off the ice. Most important to all that knew him, he was a great person, a loving husband, father and grandfather. His presence and friendship will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife of over 35 years, Carina, his sons Niklas and Tomas, as well as Tomas’ wife, Maija and their children Peter and Matilda.”
“Ilkka was a very good player, a great teammate, but most importantly an outstanding person and a terrific friend to us all,” said Flyers Executive Vice President & General Manager Ron Hextall. “We’ve all had the pleasure to work with him for many years and he will be missed.” –NHL.com