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Jere Karalahti

Jere Karalahti  #8

Defenseman
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: March 25, 1975
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Helsinki, Finland
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: LAK / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 6th   (146th overall)
WC-A All-Star Team (1998, 1999) Traded to Nashville by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 4th choice (Teemu Lassila) in 2003 Entry Draft for Cliff Ronning, March 16, 2002. Missed entire 2002-03 season after being suspended by NHL for violating league substance abuse policy, September 8, 2002. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), March 27, 2003.
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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday