Jarmo Myllys

Jarmo Pentti Kalevi Myllys (born May 29, 1965) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. He was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars as their ninth-round pick, #172 overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently the goalkeeping coach for Austrian hockey team EC KAC of the EBEL. Jarmo myllys Jersey (#35) is retired in Luleå in 2011.

Jarmo Myllys
Born (1965-05-29) May 29, 1965
Savonlinna, Finland
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for SM-liiga
1. Divisioona
Minnesota North Stars
San Jose Sharks
Luleå HF
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 172nd overall, 1987
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 19822005

Playing career

Early career

Myllys was born in Savonlinna, and started playing ice hockey for the local team Savonlinnan Pallokerho or SaPKo. He played his first adult season (1982–1983) in SaPko, but moved to Tampere for SM-Liiga games in Ilves. Myllys spent a total of three seasons (1983–1986) with Ilves, then moved to Rauman Lukko where he stayed for two seasons (1986–1988) before moving to the NHL.

NHL career

Myllys gained a spot in the Minnesota North Stars lineup. He played 6 NHL games in the 1988–1989 season but spent most of the year with the North Stars' farmteam, Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL. In his 3 seasons (1988–1991) with North Stars Myllys never played more than 10 games in a season. He spent most of these seasons in the IHL. When the San Jose Sharks were formed in 1991 Myllys moved to San Jose along with several North Stars players in the Dispersal Draft. Myllys played 27 games with the Sharks during the 1991–1992 season. This was his last season in the NHL, as Myllys returned to Finland in 1992.

Return from the NHL

In 1992 Myllys joined the 1 Divisioona team KooKoo, which located in Kouvola. After one season with KooKoo Myllys went to Lukko and stayed there for the 1993–1994 season. After his second season since his return in Finland, Myllys signed to Swedish Elitserien team Luleå HF.

Myllys established himself as a star in Sweden, staying with Luleå for 7 seasons (1994–2001). During that time Myllys won several awards and played twice in the Elitserien all-star game. Myllys also scored two goals in two Elitserien games, which is a rare feat for a goaltender. Myllys returned to Finland in 2001, however.

Jarmo Myllys was signed by Espoo Blues in 2001. He played with the Blues for 2 seasons (2001–2003) with little success. After his time with the Blues, Myllys moved to near his birthplace in order to play with SaiPa and played there for the 2003–2004 season. Myllys played in Elitserien with HV71 in the playoffs, then returned to SaiPa for his final season. Myllys retired from professional ice hockey after the 2004–2005 season.

International play

Medal record
Representing Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
1988 CalgaryIce hockey
1994 LillehammerIce hockey
1998 NaganoIce hockey
World Championships
1994 ItalyIce hockey
1995 SwedenIce hockey
1998 SwitzerlandIce hockey
2001 GermanyIce hockey
World Junior Championships
1984 SwedenIce hockey

Aside from his great success on club level, Myllys was also an accomplished goaltender in international competitions. Myllys made a total of 188 appearances for Finnish national ice hockey team.

Altogether, Myllys competed in 7 World Championships Tournaments, 3 Olympic Tournaments and 2 World Cups. Myllys had his finest hour in the 1995 World Championship tournament as Finland won its first ever World Championship by defeating Sweden 4–1, with Ville Peltonen scoring a hat-trick who played alongside future NHL stars Saku Koivu and Jere Lehtinen. Myllys played a big part in the match and nearly kept his net empty, but a small mistake cost him a shutout.

Overall Jarmo Myllys is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in Finnish Hockey history.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988-89Kalamazoo WingsIHL30011460000
1988–89Minnesota North StarsNHL60000
1989-90Kalamazoo WingsIHL490883950000
1989-90Minnesota North StarsNHL40000
1990-91Kalamazoo WingsIHL39044141000022
1990–91Minnesota North StarsNHL20002
1991-92Kansas City BladesIHL50002
1991–92San Jose SharksNHL270112
1994-95Luleå HFSEL3704422900014
1995–96Luleå HFSEL4002230130002
1996-97Luleå HFSEL37033561000010
1997–98Luleå HFSEL4300022
1998-99Luleå HFSEL4700058900014
1999–00Luleå HFSEL4411246
2000-01Luleå HFSEL4613453100114
2001–02Espoo BluesFNL560222230002
2002-03Espoo BluesFNL190001470000
FNL totals 409 0 9 9 146 38 0 1 1 18
NHL totals 39 0 1 1 4
SHL totals 299 2 14 16 287 76 0 1 1 56


    Preceded by
    Pekka Järvelä
    Winner of the Kultainen kypärä trophy
    Succeeded by
    Jukka Vilander
    Preceded by
    Hannu Virta
    Winner of the President's trophy
    Succeeded by
    Teemu Selänne
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