Mika Kohonen has been selected to the Finnish Sports Hall of Fame. Kohonen is the first floorball representative to be included in the HoF. 

Four Finnish athlete legends were included in the Hall of Fame of Finnish Sports and they were announced on Sunday 7th January. Yesterday the annual Sports Gala was held in Helsinki, Finland and these legends, including Mika Kohonen, received their awards.

— This award means so much to me. I’m grateful and really proud of our sport. Athlete is never alone, doesn’t matter if you’re from team sport or individual sport. Thanks to our family, loved ones, and everyone who has been on this journey with me. Without you this journey would have not ended here. Thank you! Kohonen said in his speech.

Four-time world champion and ten-time world championship medalist Mika Kohonen was awarded five times as the world’s best floorball player. Kohonen played 194 matches in the Finnish national team and gathered a record number of points, 255 in total.

 

Kohonen at 2010 World Championships. Photo by Mikko Hyvärinen

 

The center played 16 seasons in the Swedish Super League and 10 in Storvreta IBK in Uppsala, where he is now the coach. Kohonen was chosen as the world’s best player five times (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) in Innebandymagazinet’s voting.

Kohonen represented Finland in all Men’s World Floorball Championships from 1998 until 2018 and he is the all-time highest points scorer of Team Finland. Kohonen ended his playing career in January 2021.

Finland won their second WFC-gold in front of their home audience in 2010. Kohonen was one of the heroes of the final against Sweden. Photo by Ville Vuorinen

 

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