Along with Ivan Hlinka, they were the first European born head coaches since Johnny Gottselig. He would last less than a year as head coach of the Hawks, as he resigned next spring because of heart problems. There was frequent criticism to Suhonen's coaching citing lack of discipline and a country club atmosphere among the players. Prior to being head coach of the Blackhawks, Suhonen was an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Suhonen has also coached Finland's national ice hockey team during the years 1982–1986, and coached several teams in Finland and in Europe.
Suhonen also produced a Finnish version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and ran for a spot in the European Parliament. At the time he was also the CEO of music festival Pori Jazz, and he has also written several books in Finnish.
Nowadays, he works as a Sports Manager of Kloten Flyers, and in the 2011-2012 season, he signed a contract with the Slovak Tipsport Extraleague club HC 05 Banska Bystrica. On the first day of November, he resigned as position of head coach, but he remains in the structures of the club.
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|CHI||2000–01||82||29||41||8||4||70||4th in Central||Missed playoffs|
- http://www.hockeyfans.ch/cgi-bin/spielerinfo.pl?spielerID=alpo_suhonen (German)
- Alpo Suhonen's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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