Alpo Suhonen

Alpo Suhonen ( born June 17, 1948 in Valkeakoski, Finland ) is a Finnish professional ice hockey coach.


Alpo Suhonen played during his playing career for FPS Forssa and porin Ässät, ended his playing career, however, already at the age of 27 years and has since been working as a coach. First, he oversaw FPS as head coach before he was hired in 1977 at the Finnish Ice Hockey Association and served as coach of the various junior national teams in the following years.

In 1995 and 1996 he was a coach with the Kloten Flyers Swiss champion.

He had his greatest success to date. Was the first European coach in 2000 when the North American Hockey Team Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL This coach office he had to resign due to an already recovering from heart disease.

After the dismissal of the Canadian Alan Haworth Suhonen 2004 was coach at SC Bern, whose team he subsequently led to the semi-finals in November. Despite an unchallenged first place in the qualifying of the season 2005/ 06 the team later divorced from in the quarter- finals, after which Suhonen was dismissed. Between 2007 and 2009 he was responsible for porin Ässät as head coach.

In the 2009/10 season he was sports director of the Kloten Flyers, but was canceled before the following season. In May 2011, Suhonen was introduced as the head coach of HC 05 Banská Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga.

Since June 2012, he serves as sports director of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation.


Suhonen is divorced and has three children.

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