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Kari Takko (born June 23, 1962 in Uusikaupunkimarker, Finlandmarker) is a retired Finnish ice hockey goaltender.

Playing career

He played six seasons in the NHL, serving as a backup to Don Beaupre, Jon Casey and Bill Ranford. He was selected in the tenth round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, 200th overall, by the Quebec Nordiques, but was unable to come to contract terms. He re-entered the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and was this time drafted by the Minnesota North Stars.

Takko started his SM-liiga career in Ässät during the 1978–79 season and played on for seven seasons (1978–1985). Takko went to NHL after the 1984–85 season. He was contracted by Minnesota North Stars and played with them for a total of six seasons (1985–1991). During the 1990–91 season Takko was traded to Edmonton Oilers and played for the rest of the season (and his NHL career) in Edmonton. After retiring from NHL play, he played nine more seasons in Europe representing: Ässät (1991–1996), in SM-liiga, and HV71 (1997–2000), in Elitserien. Takko retired from playing after the 1999–2000 season.

Takko also played internationally for Finlandmarker, appearing for their national team for a total of 104 times.


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