Arto Javanainen

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Arto Javanainen
Born 8 April 1959
Pori, Finland
Died 25 January 2011(2011-01-25) (aged 51)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for SM-liiga
Ässät
TPS
NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 118th overall, 1983
Montreal Canadiens
85th overall, 1984
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1975–1994

Arto Kalevi Javanainen (April 8, 1959 – January 25, 2011) was a professional ice hockey player who played in the SM-liiga. He was the first European draft pick in Pittsburgh Penguins history, going in the fifth round (118th overall).[1]

Career[edit]

Javanainen played for Ässät and TPS. During his 14 year career in the SM-liiga of Finland, he won the goal scoring title five times and led the league in points once, in 1985–86 scoring a career best 71 points in 36 games. He is all-time leading goalscorer in SM-liiga and second in all-time points after Janne Ojanen.

Javanainen played one year of professional hockey in North America. He scored four goals and added an assist in 14 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1984–85 National Hockey League season. He also played for the American Hockey League Baltimore Skipjacks that same season, scoring 26 goals and 29 assists for 55 points in the regular season and adding five goals and four assists in the playoffs.

He was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

Death[edit]

On January 26, 2011, Javanainen died in a Turku, Finland hospital after battling a long illness. He was 51 years old. He is survived by a wife and two children.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 27 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1976–77 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 34 9 5 14 8 -- -- -- -- --
1977–78 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 35 8 8 16 0 9 5 4 9 5
1978–79 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 36 31 18 49 36 8 7 4 11 7
1979–80 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 36 28 29 57 48 7 7 2 9 10
1980–81 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 36 37 27 64 40 2 1 0 1 2
1981–82 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 36 28 27 55 50 9 5 4 9 8
1982–83 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 36 27 24 51 56 -- -- -- -- --
1983–84 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 37 37 25 62 66 9 4 2 6 10
1984–85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 59 26 29 55 15 14 5 4 9 2
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 4 1 5 2 -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 36 44 27 71 26 -- -- -- -- --
1986–87 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 44 37 24 61 80 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 TPS Turku SM-liiga 44 47 20 67 42 -- -- -- -- --
1988–89 TPS Turku SM-liiga 44 32 23 55 38 6 5 3 8 2
1989–90 Statistics unknown n/a -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1990–91 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 44 35 18 53 38 -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 44 20 14 34 22 8 1 2 3 8
1992–93 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 45 17 17 34 26 8 2 3 5 8
1993–94 Ässät Pori SM-liiga 48 22 19 41 46 5 1 0 1 4
SM-liiga totals 668 462 330 792 626 74 38 24 62 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seth Rorabaugh (January 26, 2011). "Arto Javanainen, first European draft pick in Penguins history, dies at 51 - 01-26-11". post-gazette.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Matti Hagman
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1980–81
Succeeded by
Reijo Leppänen
Preceded by
Raimo Summanen
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1983–84
Succeeded by
Mikko Mäkelä
Preceded by
Mikko Mäkelä
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1985–86
Succeeded by
Risto Kurkinen
Preceded by
Risto Kurkinen
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1987–88
Succeeded by
Jukka Vilander
Preceded by
Raimo Summanen
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1990–91
Succeeded by
Teemu Selänne
Preceded by
Matti Hagman
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
1985–86
Succeeded by
Kari Jalonen
Preceded by
Harry Nikander
Captain of Ässät
1982–83
Succeeded by
Tapio Levo