- Aarne Honkavaara
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
position = Forward
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 187
nickname = "Dynamo", "Mister Hockey"
nationality = FIN
birth_date = birth date and age|1924|6|7|mf=y
career_start = 1943
career_end = 1952
1956 – 1958
Aarne Honkavaara (born
June 7 1924in Tampere, Finland) is a former Finnish ice hockeyplayer and coach.
Aarne Honkavaara played his first game of Ice hockey when he was 12 years old. The team which he represented was
Honkavaara participated in the
Continuation Warbetween 1942 - 1944 and played his first actual SM-sarjagame 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
Canadawhere 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 on to 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.
After retiring as a Full-time player, Honkavaara went on to coach Ilves to three Championships and one Silver.
Honkavaara also was the National Team Coach of Finland between 1954 and 1959.
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.
* Dynamo, ISBN 951-98557-5-0 (Book in Finnish)
*http://kampanja.veikkaus.fi/latkalegendat/ilves_1.html Aarne Honkavaara profile in "Lätkä Legendat" (Finnish for Hockey Legends), page in Finnish
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