Lauri Mononen, a Finnish Hall of Famer, has passed away at the age of 68. Mononen, a native of Joensuu, was a trailblazer in Finnish hockey when he in 1975 signed a professional contract with the Phoenix Roadrunners in the World Hockey Association. He died yesterday in Kesalahti.
Mononen began his career in the outdoor rinks in Joensuu, following in the footsteps of his brother Erkki, also a national team player, first to the Joensuu JoKP men’s team as a 16-year-old and then to Lahti where he made his breakthrough.
He made his national team debut as a 18-year-old in an exhibition game against Poland – and scored a hat trick. At the 1969 World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, he scored two goals and seven points in nine games, tied for team lead in points.
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Jocelyn Joseph "Gypsy Joe" Hardy (born December 5, 1945 in Kénogami, Quebec) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 210 games in the World Hockey Association and 63 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Chicago Cougars, California Golden Seals, Cleveland Crusaders, San Diego Mariners, and Indianapolis Racers.
After leaving the WHA, Hardy became a player-coach with the Beauce Jaros of the North American Hockey League. Hardy was the league's top scorer and most valuable player during the 1975–76 season. During that season became the first professional player to score over 200 points in a season, finishing with 208.
Subsequent coaching duties included the Binghamton Dusters, Shawinigan Cataractes, and Beauport Harfangs.