All those who assumed the first Finnish general manager of a National Hockey League club was bound to be the ageless, sweet-natured sniper, Teemu Selanne (assuming he ever retires): you lose.

Those who wondered if it might be Jari Kurri, his country’s national team GM — who would have seen every kind of treachery and back-room wheeling and dealing as Finland’s International Olympic Committee member — or Saku Koivu, who replaced him on the IOC in 2006: no dice.

First European? Hell, it would have to be Igor Larionov or Nick Lidstrom or Mats Sundin or …

Jarmo Kekalainen?

Jarmo Kekalainen. A name, it is fair to say, that 90% of NHL fans had never heard until Wednesday morning, when they came out of the mouth of Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson.

Ardent fans of the Ottawa Senators know him. Ditto, supporters of the St. Louis Blues. Both teams owe good portions of their success to players Kekalainen has had a hand in finding, scouting and selecting in entry drafts from 1995-2010.

The list?

For the Senators, as a scout and later director of player personnel: Bryan Berard, Chris Phillips, Sami Salo, Marian Hossa, Magnus Arvedson, Mike Fisher, Chris Neil, Martin Havlat, Chris Kelly, Anton Volchenkov, Antoine Vermette, Jason Spezza, Ray Emery, Brooks Laich …