Finnish ice hockey great Matti Keinonen has died at 80 ©YouTube

Matti "Molli" Keinonen, one of Finland's greatest ice hockey players from the 1960s and 1970s, has died at the age of 80 years old after suffering with lymph-node cancer.

Keinonen died on Saturday (November 27) in Finnish town of Uusikaupanki, having also battled with Alzheimer's in his later years.

He played in two Winter Olympics at Grenobole 1968 and Sapporo 1972, as well as nine World Championships between 1962 and 1973, before being inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2002.

In 1987, he was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame and his number seven shirt was retired by his club Lukko Rauma, who he won the league with in 1963.

Keinonen is best remembered for being the "Swedish killer" in the Finnish media, for playing his best against their rivals.

Born in Tampere in 1941, he first played for his country at the 1962 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Colorado Springs in the United States.

At the 1965 World Championship, we scored two goals with both coming in a 2-2 draw with Sweden - only the second time Finland had stopped Sweden from defeating them.

He scored three at the 1969 World Championship against Sweden, Canada and Czechoslovakia.

At the two Olympics he played at, Finland finished fifth - at the time, their best results at the Games in men's ice hockey.

He scored the opening goal in a 5-2 win over Canada at Grenobole 1968, the first time the nation had defeated the giants.

Keinonen later scored the winner against East Germany.

At Sapporo 1972, he scored the tying goal against Sweden, with Finland going on to defeat their rivals 4-3.

After retiring as a player in 1978, he turned to coaching - spending a decade with teams in the SM-Liiga.