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Pens' First-Ever European Draft Pick Passes Away

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The first European draft pick in Penguins history, Arto Javanainen, passed away following a long illness at the age of 51 in Turku, Finland, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Pori, Finland native was drafted by the Penguins in the fifth round (85th overall) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft – the same draft where Pittsburgh selected Hall of Famer/owner Mario Lemieux first overall.

Javanainen made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 1984, playing 14 games with the Penguins and recording four goals and five points. Those 14 contests was the only NHL action of his career as he returned to Finland to play for his original team – Assat Pori of the SM-Iiiga league.

In 14 seasons with Assat Pori, Javanainen won the goal scoring title five times and the league scoring title once.

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