, the longtime assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting of the St. Louis Blues
, has been named the general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League.
Kekalainen will begin his duties with Jokerit on June 30, after the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.
"I would like to thank Jarmo for all of his time and hard work as he traveled the globe to find the best possible players for the St. Louis Blues
Hockey Club," Blues President John Davidson
said. "I wish him and his wife Tiina nothing but the best in this new endeavor."
"I would like to thank the St. Louis Blues
organization for allowing me this opportunity with Jokerit," Kekalainen said. "I am 100 percent committed and focused on selecting the best possible prospects for the Blues in this upcoming NHL Draft."