| 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
215 lb (98 kg/15 st 5 lb)
| NHL Team|
| Vancouver Canucks|
|Born|| September 2, 1974,|
|NHL Draft|| 239th overall, 1996|
|Pro career||1994 – present|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's Ice Hockey|
Salo was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft as their ninth-round pick, the last player selected in that year's draft. He started his pro career with TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga. After a season with Jokerit, Salo left for North America and the Ottawa Senators.
In Salo's rookie campaign with the Senators, he was named to the All-Rookie Team. As a Senator, Salo showed he could successfully produce offensively, but was often injured in his four seasons with the team. In the off-season preceding 2002–03, Salo was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Peter Schaefer. Since the trade, Salo has established himself as a top four defenceman, continuing to contribute offensively. During the lockout, Salo played for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien, and returned to Vancouver for the 2005–06 NHL season.
Goalie Curtis Joseph has nicknamed Salo the "Finnish MacInnis" for the devastating slapshot he shares with retired NHL defenceman Al MacInnis. Salo has routinely topped the Canucks in the team's Superskills' hardest shot category. In the 2006 Canucks Superskills contest, Salo recorded a 100.0 mph slapper. Salo's slapshot is his best offensive weapon, subsequently creating many chances on the Canucks' power play. After scoring, he has been known to make a hand gesture dubbed "The Tickler," to the amusement of his teammates.
Salo's primary downfall in his NHL play has been his succeptibility to injury. Throughout his career, Salo has failed to play a full season for either the Senators or Canucks; most recently, in the 2007–08 season, Salo suffered wrist and facial injuries, keeping him from 19 games.
- June 22, 1996 - Drafted by Ottawa Senators in the 9th round, 239th overall.
- September 21, 2002 - Traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Peter Schaefer.
- March 29, 2007 - Signed a contract extension with the Canucks for 4 years.
Career statistics Edit
|Senior Int'l Totals||32||4||13||17||11|