One birthday today
Jari Kaarela: Goaltender who played two games for the Checkers in 1980-81, allowing four goals and winning both. Kaarela played most of that season with the Fort Worth Texans, and also suited up for five NHL games with the Colorado Rockies that year. He played one more year in North America -- primarily with IHL Muskegon -- and then headed back to his native Finland. He retired after the 1985-86 season. A native of Tampere, Finland, he is 53.