Emma Terho

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Emma Terho
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Emma Terho representing the IOC in a medal ceremony at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics
Personal information
Birth nameEmma Kristiina Laaksonen
NationalityFinnish
Born (1981-12-17) December 17, 1981 (age 37)
Washington, D.C., USA
EducationBBA in Finance, The Ohio State University, 2004
MSc in Economics, Aalto University, 2013
Ice hockey career
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight 128 lb (58 kg; 9 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Played for Espoo Blues
SKIF Nizhny Novgorod
Ohio State Buckeyes
National team  Finland
Playing career 1997–2019

Emma Kristiina Terho, née Laaksonen, (born 17 December 1981 in Washington, D.C.) is a semi-retired Olympic medal-winning ice hockey defenseman and an active member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

Playing career[edit]

The Ohio State University[edit]

Emma Laaksonen Terho played with the Buckeyes women's ice hockey team while attending The Ohio State University from the 2000 to 2004. In the 2001-02 season she was the first player from Ohio State to earn the All-American designation[1] and was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.[2] On 11 October 2008, Laaksonen Terho became the first women’s hockey player to have her No. 3 retired as a Buckeye.[3] The retirement ceremony occurred prior to an Ohio State vs. Purdue University football game at Ohio Stadium, where Laaksonen Terho was recognized on the field at the 50-yard line. She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on 25 September 2009.[4][5]

Espoo Blues, 2004-2007[edit]

In Finland she has played for Espoo Blues, where she has won the Finnish Championship eight times (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015). With Espoo Blues she has finished third three times (1997, 1998 and 2006).[6]

SKIF[edit]

In the 2007–08 season Terho played in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia with SKIF of the Russian Women's Hockey League (ЖХЛ). Three other Finnish players, forwards Kati Kovalainen, Karoliina Rantamäki, and Nora Tallus, also played for SKIF in that season. The team won the 2008 Women's Hockey League Russian Championship.

Espoo, 2008-present[edit]

Terho returned to the Espoo Blues after the 2007-08 season in Russia. The 2008-09 season was very successful, both personally and for the team. Terho set a career high for assists with 32 and ended the regular season with an impressive 34 points in just 19 games.[7]

International play[edit]

Emma Terho
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Representing  Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano Tournament
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver Tournament

Laaksonen is a five-time Olympian, serving as co-captain or captain in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 as well as competing in seven world championships, serving as captain in 2008 and 2009. Named Finland's Player of the Year in 2002 and 2006.

She played on the women's ice hockey team for Finland at the 1998 Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal.[8] She was the youngest woman on the team (16 years, 54 days).

Sports administration[edit]

Early in her career Terho became involved in the administrative aspect of athletics as a member of the Student Athlete Board during her junior and senior years at The Ohio State University (2002-2004). In 2006, after graduating and returning to Finland to play in the Naisten SM-sarja, Terho became a member of the Finnish Olympic Committee. As her playing career wound down, Terho ramped up her involvement in Finnish sports administration and she has become an influential and important player in that sphere.

Current administrative titles and roles[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Emma Terho holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The Ohio State University (2004) and a Masters of Science in Economics from Aalto University (2013). She has built a successful banking career, which began while she was still an active ice hockey player. She was a fixed income trader for Pohjala Bank from 2006 until 2013, with the exception of an extended absence in 2007-08 while she played ice hockey in Russia for SKIF Nizhny Novgorod. Terho has served as a product manager for fixed income products at OP-Pohjola Financial Group since 2014.

Terho has a son (b 2012) and a daughter (b 2014) with her husband, Teemu Terho.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Kiekko-Espoo Naisten SM-sarja 24 3 5 8 8 4 0 2 2 2
1997-98 Kiekko-Espoo Naisten SM-sarja 23 3 3 6 4 4 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 23 2 6 8 8 6 1 0 1 4
1999-00 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 25 7 7 14 4 6 1 3 4 4
2000-01 Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA 34 19 18 37 10
2001-02 Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA 25 6 15 21 10
2002-03 Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA 31 6 15 21 14
2003-04 Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA 35 3 16 19 12
2004-05 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 19 6 11 17 8 5 0 2 2 0
2005-06 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 22 4 10 14 16 5 3 1 4 4
2006-07 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 17 3 11 14 10 7 0 6 6 2
2007-08 SKIF Nizhny Novgorod ЖХЛ (WHL)
2008-09 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 19 2 32 34 6 6 3 3 6 6
2009-10 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 18 8 11 19 12 12 2 9 11 12
2010-11 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 25 9 29 38 16 4 1 3 4 6
2011-12 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 2 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 21 2 22 24 10 9 2 5 7 4
2013-14 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 22 5 22 27 6 3 0 4 4 0
2014-15 Espoo Blues Naisten SM-sarja 2 0 2 2 0
2015-16 did not play
2016-17 Espoo United Naisten SM-sarja 1 0 1 1 0 5 0 2 2 4
2018-19 Espoo Blues Naisten Liiga 1 0 1 1 0

International[edit]

Season Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Finland Oly Bronze medal icon.svg
2000 Finland WC Bronze medal icon.svg
2001 Finland WC 4th
2002 Finland Oly 4th
2004 Finland WC Bronze medal icon.svg
2005 Blues EWCC 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2005 Finland WC 4th
2006 Finland Oly 4th
2007 Blues EWCC 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2007 Finland WC 4th
2008 Finland WC Bronze medal icon.svg
2009 Blues EWCC Bronze medal icon.svg
2009 Finland WC Bronze medal icon.svg
2010 Finland Oly Bronze medal icon.svg
2013 Finland WC 4th
2014 Finland Oly 5th
2014 Blues EWCC Bronze medal icon.svg
2015 Blues EWCC Bronze medal icon.svg
International totals

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Recipients". Patty Kazmaier Award. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  3. ^ "Olympians!". The Ohio State University. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  4. ^ The Columbus Dispatch (2009-06-24). "Redd, Katzenmoyer head Hall of Fame class | The Columbus Dispatch". Dispatch.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  5. ^ Amadon, Brett (2014-01-16). "3 former Ohio State women's hockey players set for Sochi Winter Olympics". The Lantern. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  6. ^ "IIHF Athlete Ambassador: Emma (Laaksonen) Terho". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. ^ Tammilehto, Teemu (2018-02-22). "Naisleijonien ex-kapteeni Emma Terho valittiin KOK:n urheilijajäseneksi – "Täällä kisoissa sen on tajunnut, miten iso juttu valinta on"" (in Finnish). yle Urheilu. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  8. ^ "Finland Ice Hockey at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  9. ^ "Ms Emma Terho - Finnish Olympic Committee, IOC Member since 2018". International Olympic Committee. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
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  14. ^ "vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Olympic Videos, Photos, News". Vancouver2010.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  15. ^ "Emma Terho Skater Profile". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2019-07-16.