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Aarne Honkavaara
Finland
By Patrick Houda

Aarne Honkavaara is Finland's Mr. Hockey. He was the first lion of Finnish hockey.

A legend with the club team Ilves Tampere, Honkavaara was one of the few bright spots in Finnish hockey
during the 1940's and 50's.

In total he played 47 games for Finland and scored 58 points (46 goals plus 12 assists).


Always at, or near the top of the Finnish league scoring, Honkavaara was a real opportunistic player in front of the goal. He had a very accurate shot. Twice (1950 and 1952) he was named as the best player in all of Finland. He won a total of seven Finnish championships with Ilves Tampere, which led to the retiring of his jersey and number 7

Today he is honoured with the Aarne Honkavaara Trophy, which is given to the regular season goal scoring champion in SM-liiga. Past winners of the trophy include modern Finnish hockey legends Teemu Selanne and Matti Hagman.

Aarne Honkavaara was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame when it was created in 1985.