Antti Autere was born in Helsinki, Finland and grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Autere attended Pennsbury High School, where he was a star defenseman for the Falcons Varsity ice hockey team. The Pennsbury Falcons competed to a second-place finish in the 1984-1985 season and matched up against the Archbishop Ryan Raiders in the Lower Bucks County Scholastic Hockey League, “LBCSHL” championship, aptly known as “The Commissioner’s Cup”. Because there was no Class AA Flyers Cup competition at this time, the Falcons would move on to play in the Pennsylvania Cup Championship at the AA level. Autere and the Falcons won their first ever state title beating Bishop Canevin 3-1. Canevin’s coach had nothing but high praise for the Pennsbury Falcons squad. He was quoted as saying after the game, “Pennsbury is a very disciplined team,” Canevin Coach Larry Koch said. “They didn’t run all over the ice like a lot of teams, and it caused us problems. We’ll catch a lot of teams out of position and get a high-percentage shot, but Pennsbury didn’t give us any of those.”

Autere later played for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, the premiere Junior “A” league in the United States. Autere played his professional career in the East Coast Hockey League, ECHL, and Colonial Hockey League, CoHL, before retiring. Currently his son Antti Junior plays in the NAHL for the Lone Star Brahmas.

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1986-87Omaha LancersUSHLStatistics Unavailable
1988-89Carolina ThunderbirdsECHL901113 
1988-89Erie PanthersECHL31191037 40116
1989-90Erie PanthersECHL461121334 60116
1990-91Richmond RenegadesECHL491101193 10000
1991-92Flint BulldogsCoHL3236918