Arto Javanainen

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Arto Javanainen
Born (1959-04-08)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 and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Ässät Jr. Fin-Jr. 29 10 3 13 41
1975–76 Ässät SM-l 27 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1976–77 Ässät Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 3 1 4 16
1976–77 Ässät SM-l 34 9 5 14 8
1977–78 Ässät Jr. Fin-Jr. 13 13 7 20 12
1977–78 Ässät SM-l 35 8 8 16 0 9 5 4 9 5
1978–79 Ässät Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 1 0 1 7
1978–79 Ässät SM-l 36 31 18 49 36 8 7 4 11 7
1979–80 Ässät Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 1 1 2 6
1979–80 Ässät SM-l 36 28 29 57 48 7 7 2 9 10
1980–81 Ässät SM-l 36 37 27 64 40 2 1 0 1 2
1981–82 Ässät SM-l 36 29 27 56 50 9 5 4 9 8
1982–83 Ässät SM-l 36 28 23 51 56
1983–84 Ässät SM-l 37 37 25 62 66 9 4 2 6 10
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 4 1 5 2
1984–85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 59 26 29 55 15 15 5 4 9 2
1985–86 Ässät SM-l 36 44 27 71 26
1986–87 Ässät SM-l 44 37 24 61 80
1987–88 TPS SM-l 44 47 20 67 42
1988–89 TPS SM-l 44 32 23 55 38 6 5 3 8 2
1989–90 Ässät I-Div 36 59 39 98 30 3 2 1 3 6
1990–91 Ässät SM-l 44 35 18 53 38
1991–92 Ässät SM-l 44 20 14 34 22 8 1 2 3 8
1992–93 Ässät SM-l 45 17 17 34 26 8 2 3 5 8
1993–94 Ässät SM-l 48 22 19 41 46 5 1 0 1 4
1994–95 Rungsted IK DEN 23 33 18 51 6 6 3 1 4 0
SM-l totals 668 464 329 793 626 74 38 24 62 64

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1977 Finland WJC 7 4 2 6 4
1978 Finland WJC 6 1 7 8 6
1979 Finland WJC 6 2 3 5 0
1981 Finland CC 5 1 0 1 2
1982 Finland WC 5 2 1 3 4
1983 Finland WC 10 1 2 3 8
1984 Finland OLY 5 2 3 5 4
Junior totals 19 7 12 19 10
Senior totals 25 6 6 12 18

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