Hockey Hall of Fame Finland association
Our museum is led by the Hockey Hall of Fame Finland association, which was established June 14th 1979.
Founding members: Aarne Honkavaara, Kalervo Kummola, Kimmo Leinonen, Harry Lindblad, Juhani Linkosuo and Usko Teromaa.
Chairpersons: Harry Lindblad 1979–1983, Aarne Honkavaara 1983–1996, Unto Wiitala 1996–2001, Pertti Kontto 2002–2011, Kimmo Leinonen 2011–2018, Mika Sulin 2018– .
Board members 2020: Mika Sulin (chair), Matti Pukka (treasurer), Petteri Hietanen, Heikki Hiltunen, Jari Kurri, Riia Martinoja, Teppo Numminen, and Jukka-Pekka Vuori.
Ice Hockey Lions Selection Committee
The purpose of Selection committee is to elect merited and worthy persons to be inducted as Hockey Lions of the Hockey Hall of Fame Finland. The committee consist of commendable members of Finnish ice hockey community. Current members are chairperson Jari Kurri, secretary Kai Tervonen, Raimo Helminen, Marianne Ihalainen, Jarmo Jalarvo, Veli-Pekka Ketola, Kalervo Kummola, Jere Lehtinen, Heikki Miettinen, Hannu Tolonen and Erkka Westerlund.
History of our Museum
The first exhibition opened for public in 1979 in Hakametsä ice hockey hall. National hockey legend, former player and coach, Aarne Honkavaara operated as the museum director for almost two decades. Together with his wife Maire they were responsible for taking care of the practical matters and displayed the exhibition for thousands of visitors annually.
In 2001 the Hockey Hall of Fame Finland moved to Museum Center Vapriikki. This brought the collection and exhibition under new and stricter criteria. Museum operations became more streamlined upon the hiring of experienced museum curators.