Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ari Haanpaa
Right-winger Ari Haanpa played parts of three seasons with the New York Islanders in the late 80s. He was a fine goal scorer in his native Finland but was unable to find a niche for himself in the NHL.

Born in Nokla, Finland, Haanpa was a solid member for Ilves Tampere and was drafted 83rd overall by the Islanders in 1984. He also helped his country win the silver medal at the 1984 World Championships and took part in the 1985 tournament. The young forward played 18 games for New York in 1985-86 then scored six goals in 41 games the next season. After only playing one NHL game in 1987-88, Haanpa decided to return to Finland.

Over the next nine years he played with three different Finnish clubs and skated a year with WEV Wien before retiring in 1997. He topped the 20-goal mark four times and was considered one of the toughest players in the league to knock off the puck.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Tappara Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 23 8 7 15 19
1981-82 Finland EJC-A 5 0 0 0 16
1982-83 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 21 9 9 18 54
1982-83 Finland EJC-A 5 3 0 3 12
1983-84 Ilves Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 7 4 2 6 19
1983-84 Ilves Tampere Finland 27 0 1 1 8 2 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Finland WJC-A 7 5 5 10 8
1984-85 Ilves Tampere Finland 13 5 0 5 2 9 3 1 4 0
1984-85 Finland WJC-A 7 6 1 7 4
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 7 7 20 0
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 20 3 1 4 13
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 41 6 4 10 17 +8 6 0 0 0 10
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -2
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 61 14 19 33 34
1988-89 Lukko Rauma Finland 42 28 19 47 36
1988-89 Finland Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Lukko Rauma Finland 24 17 9 26 59
1990-91 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 32 28 17 45 100 5 3 1 4 8
1990-91 Finland Nat-Tm 9 1 0 1 6
1991-92 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 41 21 20 41 70 10 6 2 8 8
1992-93 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 44 15 11 26 89 9 1 2 3 4
1993-94 Tappara Tampere Finland 42 21 13 34 72 10 3 6 9 6
1994-95 Tappara Tampere Finland 48 12 12 24 67
1995-96 Tappara Tampere Finland 45 13 16 29 60 4 3 0 3 8
1996-97 CE Wien Alpenliga 25 9 6 15 39
1996-97 CE Vienna Austria 4 6 7 13 0
1997-98 GEC Nordhorn German-2 33 32 37 69 64
1998-99 HC Les Flammes Bleues Reims France 24 16 9 25 76 11 3 6 9
NHL Totals 60 6 11 17 37 6 0 0 0 10


Finnish First All-Star Team (1991)
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