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Erik Hämäläinen
Hämäläinen Erik Lukko
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Eepi
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams SM-liiga
Lukko
KalPa
Jokerit
Elitserien
AIK Hockey
Nationalliga A
SC Langnau
Born April 20 1965 (1965-04-20) (age 51),
Rauma, FIN
NHL Draft 197th overall, 1985
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 1982 – 2008


Vesa Erik Hämäläinen (born April 20 1965 in Rauma, Finland) is a left-handed retired Finnish ice hockey defenceman. Hämäläinen currently is an Ice hockey coach, employed by SM-liiga team Lukko Rauma

Playing career Edit

Early careerEdit

Erik Hämäläinen started his professional career with his hometown team, Rauman Lukko, which played in the Finnish SM-Liiga. He debuted during the 1982-1983 Season. Lukko was demoted from SM-Liiga after the 82-83 season, but gained promotion by winning the I-Divisioona in 1984. Hämäläinen played for six seasons (1982-1988) in Lukko. His last was cut short when an injury sidelined him for the most of the season.

In 1989, Hämäläinen moved to Kuopio and started to play for KalPa. He stayed with KalPa for four Seasons (1989-1992) before transferring to Helsingin Jokerit in 1992. During his three year stint with Jokerit, he won a gold and silver medal to accompany his two silver medals from KalPa and Lukko. He also won the European bronze medal during his first season with Jokerit.

World Championship victory and move to SwedenEdit

After winning the 1995 World Championships with Finland, Hämäläinen was acquired by AIK. He played with the Swedish team for three seasons (1995-1998). He returned to his old team of Rauman Lukko in 1998. During his three seasons with Lukko, he played twice in the playoffs, but the team failed to get a place in the finals.

To SwitzerlandEdit

During the 2000-2001 season, Hämäläinen moved to play for SC Langnau, a Swiss team. After a disappointing season in Switzerland, he returned again to Rauma Lukko.

Late career and retirementEdit

During the 2005-2006 season, he broke the record for most SM-Liiga games played with his 865th game; the previous record was held by Pertti Lehtonen.

Hämäläinen played his last season during the 2007-08 SM-liiga Season. Hämäläinen played his 1000th SM-liiga Career game and after the season ended he announced his retirement from playing

Coaching careerEdit

Shortly after his announcement regarding his retirement, Hämäläinen was contracted to a 2+2 year contract by Lukko. Hämäläinen will start as an Assistant Coach for Lukko in the beginning of 2008-2009 SM-liiga season.

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Team competition

Hämäläinen has played 108 games for Finland's national ice hockey team. He participated in four World Championship Tournaments (1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995), winning one gold medal (1995), two silver medals (1992, 1994). He was also part of the 1994 Olympic ice hockey team in Lillehammer, where the team won the bronze medal.


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Preceded by
Harri Laurila
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
1992-93
Succeeded by
Petteri Nummelin
Preceded by
Waltteri Immonen
Winner of the Matti Keinonen trophy
1992-93
Succeeded by
Alexander Smirnov
Preceded by
Jarmo Kuusisto
Captain of Lukko
1998-2001
Succeeded by
Pasi Saarela
Preceded by
Pasi Saarela
Captain of Lukko
2002-2008
Succeeded by
Pasi Saarela

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