Two time Finnish Olympic hockey player Erkki Laine, 51, was found drowned in a lake near Lahti, Finland on Wednesday. He went missing on Saturday night after a boat accident near his cottage.
Laine represented Finland at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo and the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, where Finland captured the silver medal. In all, he represented the Finnish national team in 64 games.
Laine also played 324 games with the Finnish League team Kiekko-Reipas Lahti. He also starred with Leksand and Farjestad in Sweden, twice leading the SEL in scoring. He also played with the Berlin Capitals in Germany and HC Davos in Switzerland before returning to Lahti.
Amongst Laine's survivors are his daughters, Essi and Emma, both have been top Finnish tennis players. Emma has even cracked the top-50 of the women’s professional tennis ranking in the world.
Update: Risto Pakarinen has more.
Too bad. I remember him playing for Finaland. Excellent smart player.
308 games in Sweden/Elitserien and 308 points. 211 goals. Unbelievable!!
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