Mammoth.

It is difficult to say anything else about Kalevi Kallu Numminen and his career in both Tappara and Finnish hockey.

And such an attribute also fits a book made by media all-rounder Ari Mennander about him.

The Lion King - The Story of Kalvi Numminen (Docendo) is a 647-page department about the unique career of 80-year-old Numminen and the growth of small Finland in hockey as a nation into a prosperous and progressive western state that can now be considered big, at least in hockey.

Although the work spans the hockey book rarely extensively in the memoirs of both the Civil War and the Winter and Continuation War, Numminen's career first as a player, then as a coach and in many other positions may not be unconnected to key events in Finnish history.

It is the circumstance, the construction of complete emptiness, that makes Numminen's insights, reforms, and sanctification shine.

Born in Mouhijärvi in ​​1940, Numminen's childhood was poor but safe.

The religious family later lived cramped in Tammela - like all the working-class families at the time - and almost 39 children of the same age in the yard formed an active and close-knit group.

The most amazing thing - and especially desirable for the younger generation - is to read once again about the change in society and conditions that has taken place in Finland during the life of the still prosperous Numminen.

When he was born, his father fought in Summa.

As a teenager, he witnessed the birth of Finland's first artificial ice rink on Tampereen Koulukatu in 1956, and as an adult, as the hockey coach of the national team, he erected the first ice rink in Tampere's Hakamets in 1965.

Kallu, like his father Arvo, was huge and inherently strong.

He was the absolute top player of his time, but decided at the age of 29 to start his coaching career, which became historic.

It was at that time a common age to quit.

One can get some idea of ​​the change over time when you remember that the boy named Teppo, the best defender of all time in Finland, left the NHL in 2009, as a prosperous man shortly before his 41st birthday.

Numminen is specifically remembered as a very progressive coach.

His teachings were far ahead of their time in the 1970s, and he unhesitatingly aspired to the impossible: to defeat the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.

Finnish hockey needed a complete rhythm change - a big leap, Mennander writes.

Numminen did it.

Kalevi Numminen was an advanced coach. Photo: Hannu Lindroos

There is a strong leap in the great leap of President Mao, the bitter-smelling echo of totalitarian socialism, but the absolutely absurd word pair that is probably erroneously missed is not.

The absolute core of Numminen's doctrine was hard work.

Numminen developed Tappara's coach in 1970 after taking on a unique semi-professional system with Mikko J. Westerberg.

Montreal-Sports, founded by Numminen, leased the activities of the Tappara league team, making the players semi-professional Montreal racket product developers and mannequins.

This arrangement, which also skilfully circumvented the narrow amateur rules, and Numminen's unique methods created the Tappara dynasty, which decisively accelerated the development of hockey throughout Finland.

Here’s a good reminder for even today’s puck makers: tough competition helps everyone.

Although Numminen was not a linguist, he translated every puck opus for himself and was the first to seek information about the Soviet Union and Canada.

Numminen has been, if not clearly the most advanced, one of the most advanced Finnish hockey players in history.

The Renaissance man was also the first to develop a match event, marketing and especially fundraising at a time when Finnish hockey was taking its fumbling steps towards the current full professionalism and greatness.

Today, the title of coach of the year is named after Numminen, but even a more experienced person who has worked on the puck is confused about how little praise Numminen's career has remained.

When a gigantic work takes over Numminen's career - especially in the context of society - one cannot help but be surprised by its weight.

It is a giant of Finnish hockey, a great man in its field, measured by all measures.

Kalevi Numminen's jersey was frozen on the roof of Hakametsä in 1996. Photo: Reijo Hietanen

At the same time, the work is inevitably also a will of Mennander himself.

His career in hockey media is also peer-to-peer: the former editor-in-chief of Hockey Magazine has written dozens of non-fiction books - including biographies of Jari Kurri and Teemu Selänte - and has been responsible for TV productions for both the Finnish Hockey League and the World Championships.

Numminen's life's work in Tappara ended ugly.

He was rude and scandalously fired in 1993 as Tappara's CEO.

- I went to the office and there was a note on the table.

That was it, my forty-one year journey as a killer.

Numminen's kicks had been preceded by the firing of coach wizard Rauno Korvi in ​​1991, as a result of which Tappara tore in half.

According to the book, Numminen was a victim of conspiracy and power struggle, but Tappara had also run into giant financial difficulties in Numminen's last years.

The dramatic episode and the wild rumor mill of its time are acknowledged in the book in the words of Mikko Leinonen, the company legend who followed Nummi as CEO:

- Kallu left me a club that was in quite good condition, and the partner situation was good, Leinonen says.

Mennander’s own career has received heavy bumps recently.

He received a one-year and six-month suspended sentence for financial crimes in June.

He later initiated a very public trial against his former friend Selänne.

Read more: Teemu Selänne and Ari Mennander intervals were cut off to a new lawsuit - "I am deeply disappointed and shocked"

Mennander has uploaded information about Finnish hockey to Nummis during his career.

Hardly any other Finnish puck writer would have been able to do such a cultural act, and especially to the context of the early days of hockey.

The book hardly yet lifts Mennander back to his old place at the forefront of puck media, but it reminds us that he, too, has once worked hard on his cause.