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    Team Finland Roster

    Goalies
    Ville Husso, San Antonio Rampage
    Eero Kilpeläinen, Örebro HK
    Harri Säteri, Florida Panthers

    Defensemen
    Miro Heiskanen, HIFK Helsinki
    Julius Honka, Dallas Stars
    Tommi Kivistö, Jokerit...
  2. Curiously, this is also the first time a Finnish...

    Curiously, this is also the first time a Finnish National Team has managed to win a gold medal game where their opponent is not either Sweden or Russia. And this is not just for the U18s, but for all...
  3. Thread: 2017 iihf wc

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    No, I weren't. After all, it's nothing unusual...

    No, I weren't. After all, it's nothing unusual that sometimes there are disrepancies between how a team looks on paper and how it actually plays. When I comment on a freshly released roster, I can...
  4. Thread: 2017 iihf wc

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    Team Finland - Final Roster

    Goalies
    Joonas Korpisalo, Columbus Blue Jackets
    Joni Ortio, Skellefteå AIK
    Harri Säteri, Vityaz Podolsk

    Defensemen
    Juuso Hietanen, Dynamo Moscow
    Julius Honka, Dallas Stars
    Topi Jaakola,...
  5. Given that it saved the team's bacons in the...

    Given that it saved the team's bacons in the relegation, it's hard to call it a mistake.

    Of course, we will never know if our guys would have cleared Latvia even with the old group. But like I...
  6. Whew. I need a drink.

    Whew. I need a drink.
  7. I won't scoff at the thought, but I think it's...

    I won't scoff at the thought, but I think it's still a long ways off.

    I must say that Finland looked pretty disinterested, but that's what often happens when you're facing a clearly inferior...
  8. Yeah, I can think of a million ways how that kind...

    Yeah, I can think of a million ways how that kind of move turns out to be not beneficial at all. However, in this case the circumstances actually favored it. The new management team is simply the one...
  9. A question for all history buffs out there... has...

    A question for all history buffs out there... has it ever happened before in international hockey that the entire management team gets sacked in mid-tournament and replaced with people who were not...
  10. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: I'm aware of this, and I agree that the IOC...

    I'm aware of this, and I agree that the IOC covering the insurance and other expenses is completely fair (I hear it's around 10-15 million dollars, which is a pittance in the grand budget of the...
  11. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: My main beef with the World Cup is that in its...

    My main beef with the World Cup is that in its success may hinge the NHL's participation in future olympics. If it does well enough, the league bigwigs may just figure, "we've given people some...
  12. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: I wonder how much of that is honesty and how much...

    I wonder how much of that is honesty and how much a courtesy platitude. Oh well, even if he does genuinely find it a good idea, Kopitar makes a pretty bad example. He's already been to the Olympics.
  13. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: And if you look at the results of the past few...

    And if you look at the results of the past few olympic tournaments, you'll notice that the inclusion of the two next best national teams, namely Slovakia and Switzerland, would not have dropped the...
  14. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: Results table. Care to say something about that?...

    Results table. Care to say something about that? These tournaments should also be about determining what's the top national team at that given moment. Which team is it, if a collection team wins? The...
  15. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: There's still a difference if the product is...

    There's still a difference if the product is actually something you wish to pay for. The gimmick teams pretty much ensure that this time that is not the case. I mean, think of the results table...
  16. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: This thing was designed as a blatant cash grab....

    This thing was designed as a blatant cash grab. So when one does not go and see the games, buy any merchandise or cable packages broadcasting this... THAT should send a message they understand.
    ...
  17. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: Funny, this sounds more like a perfect reason to...

    Funny, this sounds more like a perfect reason to NOT embrace it. You know, to send them a signal that this is, indeed, a poor substitute.
  18. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: Are there really basket cases who are actually...

    Are there really basket cases who are actually looking forward to this thing?

    I've never felt so unethusiastic about a hockey tournament as I feel about this one. Then again, it's not really even...
  19. Looking at the replay, it looked like Ohtamaa hit...

    Looking at the replay, it looked like Ohtamaa hit him in the shins, not the back of knee. Cherry taps like that over a single game are dime a dozen. A ref who's on an extremely anal mood could use it...
  20. Minor correction: It's entry level, it's two-way....

    Minor correction: It's entry level, it's two-way. There is no such thing as "one-way entry level contract".

    Even if they could offer entry level one ways, it'd be doubtful they'd just offer a full...
  21. One who calls that Finland - Canada 4-0 result...

    One who calls that Finland - Canada 4-0 result "domination" knows nothing about the game. It was a close game... save for one department. Cam Talbot was a sieve.

    Both teams' skaters played well. I...
  22. He is the youngest player in Finland's history to...

    He is the youngest player in Finland's history to dress for a game on this level, so all of his firsts will be records.
  23. Rantanen, Lajunen and Kivistö have not been...

    Rantanen, Lajunen and Kivistö have not been registered yet, so they could still add three skaters from overseas.
  24. Unfortunately there are some things that will...

    Unfortunately there are some things that will keep me on the soil of the home country, but I sure will be glued to the screen whenever Finland plays.

    By the way, I have some "bad" news: Adding...
  25. You're welcome. And I take it you mean that last...

    You're welcome. And I take it you mean that last preliminary. It was 3-2, actually. Pulkkinen two goals in regulation, then Komarov sealed the deal it in OT.
  26. It's a bit of a mathematician's answer, but I...

    It's a bit of a mathematician's answer, but I wouldn't call it impossible yet. After all, no goalie (or any other player) has been officially registered to the tournament yet. Guess we'll know on...
  27. Well, Rinne is still in the SC playoffs and...

    Well, Rinne is still in the SC playoffs and obviously not available. As are Lehtonen and Niemi. Rask declined because his wife is about to give birth one of these days. Of the other goalies, Raanta...
  28. Cut. Bit of a shocker since the coach said a...

    Cut. Bit of a shocker since the coach said a couple of weeks ago already that he should have room in the team. Well, that was before Koivu, Barkov and his brother showed up.

    He was going to be the...
  29. Those are very advantageous odds, since in my...

    Those are very advantageous odds, since in my book Finland looks to be the 3rd strongest team in this tournament, behind only Russia and Canada. Not that anything's ever on won paper, I must add, but...
  30. Finland - Final Roster

    Goaltenders
    Niklas Bäckström, Calgary Flames
    Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg
    Juuse Saros, Milwaukee Admirals

    Defensemen
    Juuso Hietanen, Dynamo Moscow
    Topi Jaakola, Jokerit Helsinki
    Tommi...
  31. Team Finland at the moment with all confirmed NHL...

    Team Finland at the moment with all confirmed NHL additions:

    Niklas Bäckström, Calgary Flames
    Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg
    Juha Metsola, Amur Khabarovsk

    Rony Ahonen, Lukko Rauma
    Juuso...
  32. Immonen said long ago that he's passing all NT...

    Immonen said long ago that he's passing all NT duty this season, to spend more time with his family. Lindgren... well, apparently the coach simply thought he's not cut out for it.

    Not to mention...
  33. Finland's current camp roster (NHLers bolded). ...

    Finland's current camp roster (NHLers bolded).

    Niklas Bäckström, Calgary Flames
    Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg
    Juha Metsola, Amur Khabarovsk

    Rony Ahonen, Lukko Rauma
    Juuso Hietanen,...
  34. Thread: Liiga 2015/2016

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    Sticky: Hardly. While the size would certainly be enough...

    Hardly. While the size would certainly be enough (draws 7,000) - there are even smaller barns in the KHL - I suspect the geo- and demographical proximity to Jokerit would just be too much. While...
  35. Thread: Liiga 2015/2016

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    Sticky: Jukurit Mikkeli will be promoted for next season,...

    Jukurit Mikkeli will be promoted for next season, but they were going to be added even without Blues' bankcruptcy. So Liiga will remain 15 teams strong, but it's hard to call Jukurit a replacement,...
  36. Thread: Liiga 2015/2016

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    Sticky: Yeah, no. If a team messes up its financials as...

    Yeah, no. If a team messes up its financials as badly as Blues did, there's no way anyone should pin it on some other club leaving them in a mess.
  37. Finland just got a pretty nice addition in Jesse...

    Finland just got a pretty nice addition in Jesse Puljujärvi. Almost feels like an overkill, a player who should perhaps not play on this level anymore... but eh, I'll take it.
  38. Thread: Liiga 2015/2016

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    Sticky: As a continuation from November, let it be said...

    As a continuation from November, let it be said that Blues' financial woes finally led to a rather unexpected and unheard of result (at least in Finnish hockey): The club has gone completely...
  39. Thread: World Cup 2016

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    Sticky: This tournament feels like one big sick joke....

    This tournament feels like one big sick joke. That is all.

    ...and this coming from someone who certainly isn't above cracking some himself.
  40. Finland played tonight its best game defensively,...

    Finland played tonight its best game defensively, and that ended up being the difference maker. Goes to show how much having a competent goalie between the pipes helps calm down the skaters. Our...
  41. Anybody got nitros? My poor heart... I told...

    Anybody got nitros? My poor heart...

    I told you guys it may end up being a scoring race. Though I'm happy to be wrong when I suspected it couldn't end up in Finland's favor.

    I also don't like...
  42. It's more than flattery. Canada is, despite all...

    It's more than flattery. Canada is, despite all their underwhelming play, still an opponent a notch higher than anything our guys have faced thus far. Save for the game vs. Belarus, all of Finland's...
  43. You know what's even more unusual? Two out of...

    You know what's even more unusual? Two out of those three are just 17 years old. To top things off, the d-man with most points is a Finn too, and also a 17-year-old. Yours truly and pretty much the...
  44. Yeah. It's an insanely strong group offensively,...

    Yeah. It's an insanely strong group offensively, at least for Finnish standards, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that today's endeavour vs. Russia displayed some issues in the back end. Especially...
  45. I'd say there is nothing "maybe" about the home...

    I'd say there is nothing "maybe" about the home team. Especially the offense is strong - one could say unusually so, at least for Finland. Entire top-nine consists of guys who are already top-six...
  46. Thread: Liiga 2015/2016

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    Sticky: While most Blues players stayed on board and have...

    While most Blues players stayed on board and have received their overdue salaries, one player elected to break off and signed a contract offer from Kärpät. Said player was none other than Kim...
  47. Thread: Liiga 2015/2016

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    Sticky: They couldn't get Jokerit back, so they had to...

    They couldn't get Jokerit back, so they had to take Jukurit instead...

    To be exact, Jukurit will be the last team added to Liiga in a while, no matter what happens in Mestis this season, or the...
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    Sticky: FYI, KalPa's home ice is these days called "Data...

    FYI, KalPa's home ice is these days called "Data Group Areena". They just change their venue sponsor more often than I change my socks.







    I'm talking about ones I put on my feet.
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    Rinne's streak finally came to an end at 45:09 in...

    Rinne's streak finally came to an end at 45:09 in the FIN-BLR game when Yevgeni Kovyrshin beat him with technically a perfect shot. Final tally 237:05.

    Team shutout record stands now at 287:47.
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    Aaaand... there we go. First period of FIN-BLR...

    Aaaand... there we go. First period of FIN-BLR ended scoreless, so Rinne just grabbed Lasak's record to his name.

    Final length of the record still running as of now.
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