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Jarmo Kekalainen
Assistant General Manager & Director of Amateur Scouting

PhotoJarmo Kekalainen oversees the Blues’ participation in the National Hockey League Entry Draft, and assists President John Davidson and Senior Vice President and General Manager Larry Pleau with all facets of hockey operations. He is also involved with the Blues’ professional scouting efforts. Kekalainen, 43, originally joined the Blues in September of 2002.

During his tenure in St. Louis, the Blues have drafted David Backes, Erik Johnson, Roman Polak, David Perron, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and Alex Pietrangelo. Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Kekalainen served in several capacities with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators over the course of seven seasons, including as director of player personnel for three years. During this time he was responsible for overseeing the amateur draft and was instrumental in selecting Ray Emery, Christoph Schubert, Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette and Anton Volchenkov. Earlier he acted as the club’s European scout for four seasons and during that tenure, the team drafted Martin Havlat and Marian Hossa.

While with Ottawa, Kekalainen simultaneously served as IFK Helsinki’s general manager in the Finnish Elite League from 1995 to 1999, guiding the club to the league championship in 1998.

During a three-year career as a player in the NHL the native of Kuopio, Finland skated in a combined 55 games with the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Over the 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1993-94 seasons Kekalainen collected five goals and eight assists for 13 points. Prior to making his NHL debut with the Bruins, the forward spent two seasons at Clarkson University where he recorded 80 points (35 goals, 45 assists) in 71 games. Following the 1988-89 campaign he was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference First All-Star Team, scoring 44 points in 31 games.

Jarmo and his wife, Tiina, have two daughters, Emilia and Sofia.