Aarne Honkavaara

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Aarne Honkavaara
Born (1924-06-07) June 7, 1924 (age 89)
Tampere, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for SM-sarja
Ilves
IHL
Sarnia Sailors
National team  Finland
Playing career 1943–1952
1956–1958

Aarne Väinö Edvard Honkavaara (born June 7, 1924 in Tampere, Finland) is a former Finnish ice hockey player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Aarne Honkavaara played his first game of Ice hockey when he was 12 years old. The team which he represented was Tampereen Kisa-Veikot.

Honkavaara participated in the Continuation War between 1942–1944 and played his first actual SM-sarja game in 1944 against HSK. Honkavaara played for Ilves, which was along with TBK one Tampere's top teams.

Honkavaara played his entire career for Ilves with the exception of a short visit Canada where Honkavaara played in two Exhibition games for Sarnia Sailors.

Honkavaara's playing career ended in 1953 when he broke his shin after a Polish player fell onto it during a National Team match between Finland and Poland.

After Retiring, Honkavaara however made a two-season return to playing staff while he was the head coach for Ilves in 1956. Honkavaara re-retired in 1958 after he played a single game during his second season after comeback.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a Full-time player, Honkavaara went on to coach Ilves to three Finnish Championships (Gold medal) and one Silver medal (runner-up).

Honkavaara also was the National Team Coach of Finland between 1954 and 1959.

International career[edit]

Being one of the top players in Finland at the time, Honkavaara naturally was part of the Finnish national team.

Honkavaara played 47 games for Finland and scored 46 goals.

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1949 Finland WCh 4 6 0 6 0
1951 Finland WCh 6 2 3 5 0
1952 Finland Oly 8 2 2 4 0
Senior International Totals 47 46 12 58 0

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1943-44 Ilves SM-sarja 3 7 2 9 0 -- -- -- -- --
1944-45 Ilves SM-sarja 3 7 3 10 0 -- -- -- -- --
1945-46 Ilves SM-sarja 8 25 10 35 0 -- -- -- -- --
1946-47 Ilves SM-sarja 8 25 9 34 0 -- -- -- -- --
1947-48 Ilves SM-sarja 6 20 3 23 0 -- -- -- -- --
1948-49 Ilves SM-sarja 6 18 5 23 0 -- -- -- -- --
1949-50 Ilves SM-sarja 7 11 10 21 0 -- -- -- -- --
1950-51 Sarnia Sailors IHL -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1950-51 Ilves SM-sarja 10 20 14 34 2 -- -- -- -- --
1951-52 Ilves SM-sarja 5 10 4 14 2 -- -- -- -- --
1956-57 Ilves SM-sarja 5 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1957-58 Ilves SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
SM-sarja Totals 62 143 61 204 4 -- -- -- -- --

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Preceded by
Osmo Huhti
SM-sarja Scoring Leader
1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 & 1952
Succeeded by
Keijo Kuusela
Preceded by
Risto Lindroos
Finnish national ice hockey team head coach
1954–1959
Succeeded by
Joe Wirkkunen
Preceded by
Risto Lindroos
Ilves head coach
1952–1961
Succeeded by
Seppo Helle
Preceded by
Erkki Koiso
Ilves head coach
1967–1968
Succeeded by
Raimo Vasama