IHL PLAYER PROFILE
Birthdate: January 7, 1975
Hometown: Turku, Finalnd
Weight: 185 lbs
Season Team League GP W L T GAA
1992-93 TPS Turku Finn-Jr. 12 4.22
1993-94 TPS Turku Finland 1 0
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Finland 2 3 2.21
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Finn-Jr. 18 3.16
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Finn-Jr. 2 2.41
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Finn-Jr. 9 5.22
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 16 2.16
1995-96 Kiekko-67 Finland 2 16 2.42
1995-96 TPS Turku Finn-Jr. 13 2.63
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 48 31 11 6 2.08
1997-98 Detroit IHL 6 2 2 2 4.13
1997-98 Indianapolis IHL 29 11 11 3 3.30
1998-99 Detroit IHL 12 7 3 1 2.43
1998-99 Cincinnati IHL 26 14 9 2 3.40
1999-00 Grand Rapids IHL 52 29 15 4 2.18
1999-00 Ottawa NHL 0 0 0 0 0.00
First season as a Griffin. Fifth year as a pro. Jani is in his third pro season
in North America. Ottawa resigned Jani to a multi-year deal on August 19,
1999 which runs through the 2000-01 season.
1999-00: Jani had his best season ever in pro hockey as he posted a 2.18 GAA
in 52 games. Was called up to Ottawa as a back-up role and said it was a
real great learning experience for him. Guided the Griffins to their first
ever Turner Cup Final. With a stelar performance in the nets this yeae with
the Griffins Jani just might have played his last game in minors as he has
proved that he belongs in the NHL.
1998-99: Began season with IHL Detroit…Played first game with IHL
Cincinnati, 12/4/98…Enjoyed best IHL season with a 3.10 goals against
average and 21 wins…Was one of the IHL’s best shootout ‘tenders, stopping
45-of-55 attempts and ranking third with an 81.8% shootout save percentage.
1996-97: While playing for TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite League, was named
league MVP, played in the All-Star Game and was named the league’s best
1995-96: Won Finnish league Rookie of the Year honors.
1994-95: Played final amateur season with Kiekko-67 (Finland).
Finley is a butterfly style goaltender with outstanding reflexes. He has
excellent lateral movement, anticpates plays well and is rarely caught out
of position. He can make spectacular saves under pressure and is very
poised. Loves to challenge the shooter and waits for the shooter to make the
first move. Plays the angles well and handles the puck well.
On November 29, 1997 an IHL-record crowd of 20,804 pack The Palace of Auburn
Hills. Grand Rapids dampers the evening with a 4-1 win over the Vipers.
IHL TEAMS PLACE IN IHL HISTORY
Grand Rapid Griffins: The Griffins recorded a shutout in their first
ever regular season game as Pokey Reddick shutout
the host Indianapolis Ice 1-0 on October 5, 1996.
TODAY IN HOCKEY
June 22, 1991 Eric Lindros is selected first overall in the NHL Entry draft
held in Buffalo.
DID YOU KNOW
Babe Dye is the only player in NHL History to score 9 goals in Stanley Cup
Final. Babe scored 9 goals for the Toronto St. Patricks in 1922 in a three
game to series win over the Vancouver Millionaires.
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