Today in Boston Bruins History: July 3
Boston Bruins history for July 3–
1966: Jarmo Kekalainen is born in Tampere, Finland. He honed his craft in Finland, playing for four years with a few different Finnish teams and representing the country at the 1986 World Junior Championship. He also played for three years at Clarkson University in New York. Though undrafted, he signed with and played for the Bruins for two seasons after his college stint, from 1989 to 1991. He also split those two seasons fairly evenly with the Bruins’ then-AHL affiliate the Maine Mariners, playing about 20 games with each team in each year. With Boston he put up seven points total over those two seasons. This was followed up by a return to Finland for two seasons and then one more go at it in the NHL, this time with the Ottawa Senators for one year. To finish out his playing career, he also played in Sweden before retiring in 1995. But as soon as he hung up the skates, he started to work in the front office, becoming the general manager of a Finnish team and working with the Senators in a few different ways. In fact, he was the Sens’ director of player personnel during the time when Ottawa drafted guys like Ray Emery, Martin Havlat and Marian Hossa, starting in 1999. In 2002, he joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant general manager and director of scouting. These days, he is the general manager of the Finnish team Jokerit.
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