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Riikka Sallinen
Born 12 June 1973(1973-06-12),
Jyväskylä, Central Finland, Finland
Height
Weight
0 ft 0 in (0.00 m)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
Pro clubs
Ntl. team Flag of Finland.png Finland
Playing career 1988–2019


Hanna-Riikka Sallinen (née Nieminen, previously Välilä, born 12 June 1973) is a Finnish retired ice hockey, bandy, rink bandy, and pesäpallo player. She is known as one of the most highly decorated and respected players to have ever competed in international women's ice hockey.[1] She currently serves as assistant coach to HV71 Dam, the SDHL club that she captained in the 2018–19 season.[2]

Sallinen played sixteen seasons with the Finnish national ice hockey team and earned two Olympic bronze medals, one World Championship silver and six bronze medals, and three European Championship gold medals. In 2007, Sallinen was one of the first two women inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, along with defenceman Marianne Ihalainen. She was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame on 21 May 2010 in Cologne, Germany as part of the World Championship festivities; she was only the fourth woman and the first European woman to receive this honor.[3]

Sallinen's bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang made her the oldest player to ever win an Olympic medal in ice hockey, replacing her compatriot Teemu Selänne who set the record at the 2014 Winter Olympics after winning bronze in the men's ice hockey tournament at age 43. Sallinen was awarded the medal at age 44, twenty years after she first won an Olympic medal in the inaugural women's Olympic hockey tournament.[4]

Sallinen announced her retirement from competition in April 2019, at age 46, shortly after achieving silver at the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship.[1]

Ice hockey playing career

Finland

Sallinen played eleven seasons in the Naisten SM-sarja and was a five time Finnish Champion, first in 1988–89 with Etelä-Vantaan Urheilijat (EVU), then in 1993–94 with the Keravan Shakers, and in 1996–97, 1997–98, and 2015–16 with JYP Jyväskylä. She scored 201 goals and notched 194 assists (395 points) in 135 regular season games, averaging 2.93 points per game across her Naisten SM-sarja career, and appeared in 41 Naisten SM-sarja playoff games, scoring 86 points, (36 goals and 50 assists).

International play

Riikka Sallinen represented Finland at three IIHF Women's European Championships, eight IIHF World Women's Championships, and four Olympics. She made her international debut at the 1989 Women's European Championship.[5] In her first Olympics in 1998 she led the tournament in scoring, amassing 12 points (7 goals & 5 assists) in six games and leading the Finnish team to the bronze medal. Sallinen would also lead the Finnish national team to three European Championship titles and six IIHF World Women's Championship bronze medals and one silver.

Over her international career she would score 109 goals, 95 assists for 204 points while accumulating only 24 PIMs.[6]

In August 2013, the IIHF reported that she was attempting a comeback[7] and in December 2013, following several matches in the Naisten SM-sarja, she was selected for the Finnish women's team for the Sochi Olympics. She made the Finnish Olympic team again for the 2018 Olympics, helping Finland to a bronze medal.[8]

Ice hockey career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 EVU SM-sarja 6 19 7 26 2
1989–90 JYP I-div. 4 5 3 8 0
1991–92 JYP I-div. 10 41 3 44 2
1992–93 SC Lyss LKA 17 50 30 80 0
1993–94 Shakers SM-sarja 21 73 56 129 8 5 11 11 22 4
1994–95 JYP I-div. 8 35 13 48 25
1995–96 KalPa SM-sarja 10 10 8 18 0
1996–97 JyP HT SM-sarja 24 26 38 64 0 6 3 5 8 4
1997–98 JYP SM-sarja 12 13 8 21 2 6 2 8 10 0
1999–2000 JYP SM-sarja 2 1 0 1 0
2000–01 JyHC SM-sarja 9 10 9 19 6
2001–02 JyHC SM-sarja 13 10 12 22 2 2 1 1 2 2
2002–03 Limhamn HK Div. 1 3 3 3 6 0
2003–2013 did not play
2013–14 JYP SM-sarja 13 7 12 19 18 8 5 11 16 12
2014–15 JYP SM-sarja 14 12 25 37 8 7 5 7 12 4
2015–16 JYP SM-sarja 11 20 19 39 6 6 5 5 10 2
2016–17 HV71 SDHL 23 10 11 21 12 6 3 3 6 4
2016–17 IF Troja/Ljungby Div. 1 1 2 3 5 0
2017–18 HV71 SDHL 36 15 32 47 24 2 1 1 2 2
2018–19 HV71 SDHL 33 14 37 51 8 4 1 1 2 25
SM-sarja totals 135 201 194 395 52 41 36 50 86 28
SDHL totals 92 39 80 119 44 12 5 5 10 31

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Flag of Finland.png Finland EC  Gold 5 9 2 11 2
1990 Finland WC  Bronze 5 8 2 10 4
1992 Finland WC  Bronze 5 6 2 8 0
1993 Finland EC  Gold 3 2 2 4 0
1994 Finland WC  Bronze 5 4 8 13 4
1995 Finland EC  Gold 5 9 14 23 2
1997 Finland WC  Bronze 5 5 5 10 0
1998 Finland OG  Bronze 6 7 5 12 4
2002 Finland OG 4th 5 0 3 3 2
2014 Finland OG 5th 6 1 4 5 0
2015 Finland WC  Bronze 6 6 0 6 0
2016 Finland WC 4th 6 1 5 6 0
2017 Finland WC  Bronze 6 1 2 3 2
2018 Finland OG  Bronze 6 4 1 5 0
2019 Finland WC  Silver 7 0 4 4 8
Senior totals 81 63 59 123 28

Awards and honours

Finland
Award Year
Tiia Reima Award
Most goals scored in the Naisten SM-sarja regular season
1993–94 (73 goals)
Marianne Ihalainen Award
Most points earned in the Naisten SM-sarja regular season
1993–94 (129 points)
1996–97 (64 points)
Suomen Jääkiekkoleijona
Hockey Hall of Fame Finland
2007
Karoliina Rantamäki Award
Most Valuable Player in the Naisten SM-sarja playoffs
2015–16
President's Trophy 2018[9]
Number retired by JYP Jyväskylä 4 January 2020[10][11]

International
Award Year
IIHF Women's World Championship Best Forward 1990, 1994
IIHF Women's World Championship All-Star Team 1992, 1994, 1997
IIHF Hall of Fame 2010

Personal life

Sallinen was born Hanna-Riikka Nieminen on 12 June 1973 in Jyväskylä, Central Finland. She was raised in a sports-oriented home, her father and two older brothers were also successful athletes. Her father, Eero, was a Finnish Champion pesäpallo player in the 1960s. Lasse Nieminen, Sallinen’s eldest brother, played nearly 500 games with JYP Jyväskylä in the Liiga and currently serves as assistant coach to the JYP U16 juniors team. Juha “Jussi” Nieminen, Sallinen’s second eldest brother, played twelve seasons in the Superpesis with Jyväskylän Kiri.[12]

Sallinen is a physical therapist by training and works in the public sector with disabled and permanently ill people, in addition to working with her husband in the family’s pain management and rehabilitation practice.[12]

Sallinen and former Liiga player Mika Välilä were married in 2002 and divorced in early 2018.[13] Their two sons, Emil Välilä (born 2003) and Elis Välilä (born 2005), play on the U18 and U16 teams of the Tappara ice hockey club respectively, the same junior organization in which their father developed.

Sallinen and osteopath Petteri Sallinen married in late 2018. They have a physical therapy practice in Sweden, in which each of them takes responsibility for one-half of patient care; Petteri focuses on alleviating patients’ pain and Riikka develops physical therapy regimens for rehabilitation. Petteri, a former film director, was previously married to actress and theater director Anu Hälvä; they divorced in early 2018, and have two children together.[14]

References

Content in this article is translated from the existing Finnish Wikipedia article at fi:Riikka Sallinen; see its history for attribution.

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Preceded by
Patrik Laine
Winner of the President's trophy
2017–18
Succeeded by
Kaapo Kakko
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