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Urpo Ylonen

Urpo Ylönen was born May 25, 1943 in Kakisalmi, Finland. A standout goalkeeper, he represented Finland in three Olympic Winter Games and a total of eight IIHF World Championship tournaments, and was selected as best goalkeeper at the 1970 Stockholm championships. He was also elected to the second All-Star team at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. Urpo Ylönen played a key role as goalkeeper when Finland beat Czechoslovakia for the first time ever at a major tournament in Vienna in 1967 with a score of 3-1, and also when the Finnish squad defeated Canada in 1968 in Grenoble by a 5-2 score. In his 14-year career in the Finnish Hockey League Ylönen won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals and represented Finland in 188 national team games. Urpo Ylönen has been inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, and was added to the IIHF Honour Roll in 1997.

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