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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 May 1960Helsinki, Finland
Birth NameJari Pekka Kurri
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jari Kurri was born on May 18, 1960 in Helsinki, Finland as Jari Pekka Kurri. He has been married to Vanessa Forsman since July 17, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Tiina Kuusikoski.

Spouse (2)

Vanessa Forsman (17 July 2004 - present) (2 children)
Tiina Kuusikoski (8 June 1985 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (24)

Signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche. [July 1997]
Signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. [August 1996]
The Los Angeles Kings trade Kurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla to the New York Rangers for Ray Ferraro, 'Mattias Norstrom', Ian Laperrière, Nathan Lafayette and New York's 1997 4th round selection. [March 1996]
Became the 8th player in NHL history to score 600 goals. [December 1997]
The Edmonton Oilers trade Kurri, Dave Brown and Corey Foster to the Philadelphia Flyers. Kurri was then traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Steve Duchesne, Steve Kasper and Los Angeles's fourth-round choice in 1991. [May 1991]
Every 5th goal Wayne Gretzky scored was set up by Kurri.
First European-born player to lead the NHL in goals in a single season (1996).
Holds NHL record for the most goals (12) in one playoff series (1985).
Holds NHL record for the most three-or-more-goal games (3) in one playoff series (1985).
Holds NHL single-season playoff record for the most 3+ goal games (4) (1985).
Owns his own publishing company.
Was the third choice (69th Overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 Entry Draft.
Won five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990).
Has twin sons, Ville and Joonas, by ex-wife Tiina; Wayne Gretzky is their godfather.
First Finnish player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (12 November 2001).
On October 6, 2001, the Edmonton Oilers retired the number 17, which was the number of Kurri's jersey.
First All-Star Team Right Wing (1985, 1987). Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1985). Second Team All-Star Right Wing (1984, 1986, 1989).
Played with the Edmonton Oilers (1980-1990), HC Milano Saima (1990-1991), Los Angeles Kings (1991-1996), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996-1997) and Colorado Avalanche (1997-1998).
Owner of Highlight Cafe restaurant at Helsinki.
Learned to speak English by watching Happy Days (1974).
According to Wayne Gretzky, Kurri is an expert on anything Happy Days.
Married first wife Tiina in Las Vegas.
In addition to his two sons with first wife Tiina, he has three children with second wife Vanessa: daughters Odessa (born 2002) and Alissa (born 2005), and son Paulus (born 2007).
General Manager in Finnish ice hockey team since 2002.

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