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Heikki Riihiranta

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Height  5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Name  Heikki Riihiranta
Career end  1983
Playing career  1967–1983
Career start  1967

National team  Finland
Weight  84 kg
Shot  Left
Role  Ice hockey player
Positions  Defenseman
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Born  October 4, 1948 (age 67) Helsinki, FIN (1948-10-04)
Played for  Liiga, HIFK, World Hockey Association, Winnipeg Jets

Heikki "Hexi" Riihiranta (born October 4, 1948 in Helsinki, Finland) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the SM-liiga and World Hockey Association.


Heikki Riihiranta Winnipeg Jets Memorial Site

Career in Finland

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Riihiranta started out his career as a Forward in Helsinki club HIFK but was moved to play Defence by then HIFK Player-Coach and former NHL'er Carl Brewer.

Riihiranta had a good career in Finland and was one of the premier players for the National Team at his time.

Career in WHA

Heikki Riihiranta was one of the first Finns move to play in North America.

Riihiranta played for 3 full seasons in Winnipeg Jets, a Canadian WHA team.

After his retirement as a player in 1983, he was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 for his doings as a player.

Team Manager for Finnish National Team

In 1993, Heikki Riihiranta was named as the Team Manager for Finnish National Ice Hockey Team.

During his time, Riihiranta worked with 3 different Head Coaches. The coaches were: Pentti Matikainen, Curt Lindström and Hannu Aravirta.

Riihiranta had his finest moment when he shed tears in the players bench after Finland won the World Championships over Sweden in 1995.

Riihiranta retired from his position after the 2003 Ice Hockey World Championship's.


Heikki Riihiranta Wikipedia