Aarne Honkavaara

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Aarne Honkavaara
Born (1924-06-07) June 7, 1924 (age 91)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
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) is a Finnish former ice hockey player and coach. He was born in Tampere, Finland.

Playing career[edit]

Honkavaara played his first game of ice hockey when he was 12 years old. The team which he represented was Tampereen Kisa-Veikot. He participated in the Continuation War between 1942–1944 and played his first actual SM-sarja game in 1944 against HSK. He played for Ilves, which was. along with TBK, one Tampere's top teams. He played his entire career for Ilves with the exception of a short visit Canada, where he played in two Exhibition games for Sarnia Sailors. His 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, he made a two-season return to playing staff while he was the head coach for Ilves in 1956. He re-retired in 1958 after 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). He was also the National Team Coach of Finland between 1954 and 1959.

International career[edit]

Honkavaara was part of the Finnish national team and played 47 games for Finland, scoring 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