Jari Pekka Kurri (May 18, 1960-) was one-half of one of the most prolific scoring duos in the history of the NHL, alongside Wayne Gretzky, and became the first Finnish player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Gretzky assisted on 364 of Kurri’s 601 goals and Kurri had 196 helpers of Wayne’s 894 career NHL goals. Jari played extensively in his native Finland, for both Jokerit and the national team until the Edmonton Oilers signed him in 1980. Kurri joined one of the most dynamic and high-powered offenses the NHL had ever seen playing left wing for the Oilers alongside fellow Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Gretzky, Mark Messier and goaltender Grant Fuhr. Every the offensive threat, Kurri led the NHL in goals in 1985-86 and twice in even strength and game winning goals. The original “Finnish Flash” (now Teemu Selanne) possessed a skillful scoring touch, but also was considered one of the best defensive forwards of his era. Kurri and the Oilers won five Stanley Cup championships (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990) in a seven-year span and Jari led all playoff goal scorers in four of the five championship runs. He was named to two NHL All-Star First Teams, three Second Teams and eight NHL All-Star Games.
In 1984-85, Jari scored a career-high 71 goals with 64 assists while amassing a mere 30 penalty minutes and was named the 1985 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner as the player who displays gentlemanly conduct. In the playoffs, he scored 19 goals, many of which were included in his NHL record four hat tricks. As the Oilers began to age and Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles, Kings, Kurri left the NHL for a season in an Italian league before returning and reuniting with Gretzky in LA. Kurri played left wing for 17 seasons in the NHL with the Oilers (198-1990), the Kings (1991-1996), the New York Rangers (1995-96), the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996-97) and the Colorado Avalanche (1997-98). Jari Kurri scored his 600th goal with the Avalanche and finished his career as the highest scoring European-born-and-trained player in NHL history with 601 goals, 797 assists, 1,398 points and a +298 plus/minus. In the postseason, Kurri scored 106 goals and 127 assists in 200 career playoff games and brought home five Stanley Cup rings. The Hockey News ranked Jari number 50 on the 100 Greatest Hockey Players list, the highest of any Northern European player. Jari Kurri was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.