Timo Jutila

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Timo Jutila
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Born (1963-12-24) 24 December 1963 (age 59)
Tampere, FIN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for SM-liiga
Buffalo Sabres
Luleå HF
Nationalliga A
SC Bern
National teamFlag of Finland.svg  Finland
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1982
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 19791999

Timo Juhani "Juti" Jutila (born 24 December 1963 in Tampere, Finland) is a retired Finnish ice hockey defenceman. Jutila was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres (4th round, 68th overall) in 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He played internationally for the Finland men's national ice hockey team and was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2003.


Playing career

Jutila's ice hockey career began at the "Pohjola Leiri" 1978 training camp held by the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation where he was selected as the best player of the camp. He played for Tappara in the 1979–80 season of the Finnish SM-liiga. He continued to play with the team for a total of five Seasons (1980–1984), totalling 144 regular season games.

After the 1983–84 season, Jutila went to the NHL and played for the Buffalo Sabres, the team who drafted him in 1982. However, Jutila's NHL career was short-lived and he left NHL in the following season. Jutila played most of the 1984–85 season in AHL for the Rochester Americans, totalling 56 games with 43 points (13 goals and 30 assists).

After his short NHL spell, Jutila returned to Tappara and stayed with the club for three seasons (1985–1988), winning the Finnish Championship every season. After three successful seasons in Finland, Jutila signed with the Swedish team Luleå HF in Elitserien, where he played for four seasons (1988–1992).

Jutila returned to Finland and Tappara in 1993 and continued to play with his former team Tampere for another four seasons (1992–1996). During this period, Tappara was not as successful as in 1985–1988; the best result of Jutila's four-season tenure was a fourth place after losing the bronze medal game in overtime to Lukko in the 1994 playoffs.

In 1996, Jutila was contracted by SC Bern in the Swiss elite league Nationalliga A. After only one season with the club, he returned to Finland, playing his last two seasons as an active hockey player with Tappara. He retired in 1999.

After his retirement, Jutila worked as an ice hockey commentator, and together with Mika Saukkonen and Jari Kurri he formed the play-by-play team for the Finnish ice hockey TV programme Hockey Night, aired on MTV3.


International career

Jutila was a defenceman and the long time captain for the Finnish national team. He played in total 246 international games, scoring 108 points (40 goals and 68 assists). He played eight World Championships (1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997), three Winter Olympic tournaments (1984, 1992 and 1994) and one Canada Cup (1991).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1979–80 Tappara FIN U20267152238
1980–81 Tappara SM-l 36912214483256
1981–82 TapparaSM-l3681119411100016
1982–83 TapparaSM-l368142246813424
1983–84 TapparaSM-l375222757905518
1984–85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1015613
1984–85 Rochester Americans AHL 561330432652572
1985–86 TapparaSM-l30611171483692
1986–87 TapparaSM-l4410283860915618
1987–88 TapparaSM-l441234465010661216
1988–89 Luleå HF SEL 35719264230002
1989–90 Luleå HFSEL36623294251230
1990–91 Luleå HFSEL40825335550228
1991–92 Luleå HFSEL401126374821014
1992–93 TapparaSM-l4710334354
1993–94 TapparaSM-l48133649301025712
1994–95 TapparaSM-l5011304166
1995–96 TapparaSM-l491437516240006
1996–97 SC Bern NDA 29820282620002
1997–98 TapparaSM-l48720277741122
1998–99 TapparaSM-l489182750
SM-l totals56112431143565981173350120
NHL totals1015613
SEL totals15132931251871524614


Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1991 Hamilton Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1992 Czechoslovakia Ice hockey
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Italy Ice hockey
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1995 Sweden Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1981 West Germany Ice hockey
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1982 United States Ice hockey
YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1980 Finland EJC 50228
1981 Finland WJC 51012
1981 FinlandEJC514512
1982 FinlandWJC716714
1983 FinlandWJC711214
1984 Finland OLY 50008
1987 Finland WC 91344
1987 Finland CC 51016
1991 FinlandWC1001114
1991 FinlandCC60002
1992 FinlandOLY82242
1992 FinlandWC825710
1993 FinlandWC61238
1994 FinlandOLY81236
1994 FinlandWC83476
1995 FinlandWC852710
1996 FinlandWC60114
1997 FinlandWC81346
Junior totals294131750
Senior totals9517254286

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