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Old 09-09-2006, 12:33 PM   #11
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LW Esa Tikkanen




Tikkanen won 4 Stanley Cups with the Oilers and another with the Rangers. His various acquisitions were by teams craving him for his playoff experience and success: in 877 regular season games he scored 244 goals, but in 186 playoff games he scored 72 goals. "Tik" was known for his ability to score clutch goals, but also for his general style of play - chippy and aggressive. He was especially noted for irritating opposing players, often just by talking to them as his Finnish-English "Tikkanese" or "Tiki-Talk". His regular season totals were 244 goals, 386 assists, and 1077 penalty minutes. In the playoffs he added 72 goals, 60 assists, and 275 penalty minutes. In September of 2001, Jokerit retired his number, #5, in a special ceremony.

Tikkanen is famous for his Finnish-English, sometimes referred to as "Tikkanese" or "Tiki-Talk." Even members of his team often did not understand what he was saying. Wayne Gretzky once commented, ""He brings something special. I don't know what it is, but if you ask him, you couldn't understand his answer." Current Edmonton Oiler coach and former teamate Craig MacTavish said, "Esa talks twice as much as anybody else. That's because you can understand just half what he says."
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