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Ari Juhani Sulander (born 6 January 1969), nicknamed Sulo, is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender.

Ari Sulander
Ari Sulander ZSC.jpg
Born (1969-01-06) 6 January 1969 (age 50)
Helsinki, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Jokerit Helsinki
ZSC Lions
GCK Lions
Lahti Pelicans
National team  Finland
Playing career 1987–2012
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place Nagano 1998 Team Competition

Career in FinlandEdit

Sulander played nine seasons for Jokerit Helsinki in Finland's SM-liiga, winning four league championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997). He also won one Silver (1995), one Bronze (1998), two European Championships (1995 and 1996) and one European Championship Bronze (93).

Sulander began with Jokerit as a Junior and progressed through the team all the way to position of No. 1 goaltender. During his Jokerit career, he played with SM-liiga stars such as Otakar Janecky, Teemu Selänne, Waltteri Immonen, and Jari Kurri, who played for Jokerit during the 1994–95 NHL lockout. In his time there, Sulander was coached by top coaches like Hannu Aravirta, Boris Mayorov, and Jukka Ropponen.

In November 2010, Sulander joined the Lahti Pelicans on loan for six games.

Career in SwitzerlandEdit

Sulander left Jokerit after winning Bronze in 1998 for a new challenge. Sulander played the final 14 years of his career with the ZSC Lions (Zürich) of the Swiss top League, the Nationalliga A. Sulander scored a goal during a Nationalliga A game in the 2002–03 season.

Sulander won the NLA championship with ZSC four times (2000, 2001, 2008, 2012) and the Champions Hockey League in 2008–09.

In 2011, Sulander received his Swiss citizenship.

International careerEdit

Ari Sulander played for a total of 117 games for the Finnish national team (dressed in 117, played 68). He played in the 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Ice Hockey World Championships and the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.

In the World Championships Sulander won one Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze medals. Sulander also won the Bronze in the 1998 Winter Olympics and was a key player in the Bronze game against NHL star powered Canada, led by Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Roy. Besides the 1998 Olympic tournament, Sulander also played well in the 1998 Ice Hockey World Championships.

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Preceded by
first winner
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu
Preceded by
Boris Rousson
Winner of the Urpo Ylönen trophy
Succeeded by
Jani Hurme