Stig Wetzell

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Stig Wetzell
Born (1945-10-07) October 7, 1945 (age 71)
Vaasa, FIN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for SM-liiga
National team  Finland
Playing career 1967–1983

Stig Wetzell (born October 7, 1945 in Vaasa, Finland) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the SM-liiga. He played for HJK and HIFK.

Playing career[edit]

Stig Wetzell started his SM-liiga career in 1967. He played in SM-liiga for 16 years before retiring in 1983.

Wetzell won the SM-liiga Championship twice, in 1974 and 1983. On both occasions he played for HIFK, which was his team for most of his career.

1974 Doping Controversy[edit]

Wetzell's perhaps most infamous moment came when he was caught doping during the 1974 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Finland. Testers found illegal amounts of Ephedrine in his urine sample.

Wetzell's positive A- and B-samples caused Finland's 5-2 win over Czechoslovakia to be reversed to a 5-0 loss to the Czechs.[1] It is still debated[by whom?] if Wetzell was intentionally using illegal substances. If Finland's 5-2 victory over Czechoslovakia had stood, Finland would have won bronze medals in the tournament.

Wetzell received an International Competition ban due to his doping in the 1974 Championship Tournament.

Later, Wetzell received an apology from the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, and he was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.


  1. ^ "Veli-Pekka Ketola". Retrieved October 5, 2010. 

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