|Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
Name Heikki Riihiranta
Career end 1983
Career start 1967
|National team Finland|
Weight 84 kg
Role Ice hockey player
|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.
Career in Finland
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.