Raimo Summanen

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Raimo Summanen
Raimo Summanen in Ice Palace (peterburg).jpg
Born (1962-03-02) March 2, 1962 (age 52)
Jyväskylä, FIN
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for SM-liiga
Reipas
Ilves
HPK
TPS
Jokerit
1. Divisioona
JYP
NHL
Edmonton Oilers
Vancouver Canucks
Nationalliga A
SC Bern
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 125th overall, 1982
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1979–1995

Raimo Olavi Summanen (born March 2, 1962), is a former professional ice hockey forward and th current head coach of HIFK of the Finnish Elite League. He is also a former coach of the Finnish national team. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, 125th overall, and spent his NHL career with Edmonton and the Vancouver Canucks.

In 1984 Summanen, who was born in Jyväskylä, joined the Edmonton Oilers from Europe at the end of the regular season. He played 2 regular season games, and 5 playoff games. Summanen has a 1984 Stanley Cup ring, and is part of Edmonton Oilers first Stanley Cup winning picture. His name was left off the cup, because he did not officially qualify.

Summanen also played extensively in Finland, both before and after his NHL days, and in the American Hockey League. He played on Team Finland when they won their first Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal in 1995.

Summanen coached the Finnish National Team to a 2nd place finish in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. However, his reported abrasiveness with players and management led to his dismissal. Even during Finland's successful World Cup performance, defenceman Janne Niinimaa left the team after "conflicts with the coaching staff." He also had a testy relationship with the national team's manager, Timo Jutila.

In 2010, Summanen succeeded Igor Nikitin as the head coach of Avangard Omsk, a leading KHL side. The team went from strength to strength and ended up as the top team of the regular season (largely due to an impressive 18-game winning streak lasting from December to February). However, some players were reportedly unhappy with Summanen's abrasive coaching methods. He was relieved of his coaching duties before game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, which the team went on to lose. The club cited health issues as an official explanation.[1] However, according to anonymous sources within the team, the real reason behind it was a major conflict with the players. There were reports that Summanen even tried to challenge Avangard's star Jaromír Jágr to a fight.[2]

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  • March 10, 1987 - Edmonton trades Summanen to Vancouver in exchange for Moe Lemay
Preceded by
Reijo Leppänen
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1982–83
Succeeded by
Arto Javanainen
Preceded by
Jukka Vilander
Winner of the Aarne Honkavaara trophy
1989–90
Succeeded by
Arto Javanainen
Preceded by
Esa Keskinen
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
1989–90 & 1990–91
Succeeded by
Teppo Kivelä
Preceded by
Hannu Jortikka
Winner of the Kalevi Numminen trophy
2001–02
Succeeded by
Jukka Rautakorpi
Preceded by
Erkka Westerlund
Jokerit head coach
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Hannu Jortikka
Preceded by
Hannu Aravirta
Finnish national ice hockey team coach
2003 – 2004
Succeeded by
Erkka Westerlund
Preceded by
Igor Nikitin
Avangard Omsk head coach
2010 – 2011
Succeeded by
Rostislav Čada
Preceded by
Rostislav Čada
Avangard Omsk head coach
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
Petri Matikainen
Preceded by
Pasi Sormunen
HIFK head coach
2013 – 2014
Succeeded by
Harri Rindell
Preceded by
Miloš Říha
Avangard Omsk head coach
2014 –
Succeeded by
Current

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