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Alpo Suhonen in 2008

Alpo Suhonen (born June 17, 1948 in Valkeakoski, Finland) was the first European-born NHL head coach in 50 years when he took over the Chicago Blackhawks on May 22, 2000. Along with Ivan Hlinka, they were the first European born head coaches since Johnny Gottselig. He would last less than a year as head coach of the Hawks, as he resigned the next spring because of heart problems. There was frequent criticism of Suhonen's coaching citing lack of discipline and a country club atmosphere among the players. Prior to being head coach of the Blackhawks, Suhonen was an assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

Suhonen has also coached Finland's national ice hockey team during the years 1982–1986, and coached several teams in Finland and in Europe.

Preceded by
Kalevi Numminen
Finnish national ice hockey team coach
Succeeded by
Rauno Korpi
Preceded by
Boris Majorov
Jokerit head coach
Succeeded by
Hannu Aravirta
Preceded by
Bob Pulford
Head Coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks
Succeeded by
Brian Sutter
Chicago Blackhawks Head Coaches
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