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 2019: Mika Sulin (chair), Matti Pukka (treasurer), Heikki Hiltunen, Pekka Honkanen, Jari Kurri, Riia Martinoja, Teppo Numminen, and Tuula Puputti.
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.