Esa Tikkanen

Esa Tikkanen

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Esa Tikkanen

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Esa Tikkanen (born January 25, 1965) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, and the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League and won five Stanley Cups in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 with the Oilers, and 1994 with the Rangers.

Background and early career

Esa Tikkanen began his career in hockey as a little boy by being a mascot for Jokerit, a team based in Helsinki, Finland, and playing for the Jokerit junior team. After spending a year in Canada in 1981–82 with the Regina Blues of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, Tikkanen returned to Finland and signed with HJK and after a set of impressive performances signed a contract with Finland's leading team, HIFK. Tikkanen was drafted in the fourth round (80th overall) by the Oilers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. In 1984–85, he played 36 games for HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga before joining the Oilers for their 1985 playoff run. He played briefly in the American Hockey League for the Oilers' affiliate the Nova Scotia Oilers in 1985–86, before joining the team full time.

NHL playing career

Start in Edmonton

Tikkanen made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals. His three appearances in the finals made him eligible to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup even before playing his first...
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