TURKU – Arto Javanainen, the Finnish hockey league’s second-best scorer of all time passed away at the age of 51 on January 25 in Turku, Finland, after a long illness.
Javanainen scored 462 goals for a total of 792 points in 17 seasons with Ässät Pori and TPS Turku.
The forward represented Finland in three World U20 Championships, two World Championships, the 1984 Olympics and the 1981 Canada Cup, totalling 82 national team games.
Javanainen, who also played 14 games with the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins in 1984-85, had the distinction of having been drafted twice by NHL clubs; 1983 by Montreal and in 1984 by Pittsburgh.
He ended his career in the Danish league where he scored 55 points in 29 games with Rungsted in 1994-95.