Jan 3, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Finland Releases 2014 Olympic Men’s Hockey Roster


Today, with the deadline upon us, Finland announced their roster of 25 players that will represent their country in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Finland, who took the Bronze medal in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, is looking to go for the Gold this year. That is evident by the names on their roster.

They have a dangerous goaltending trifecta. At the front of that pack is Tuukka Rask, who is currently tied with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop for first place in the league in shut outs with 4.

Speaking of the Lightning, center Valtteri Filppula and Sami Salo will be joining their country this year in Sochi. Filppula has been a well-rounded solid player for the Bolts this year. Not only can he find the back of the net, but he is aggressive with the puck, solid in shootouts, and great in the faceoff circle.

This team will certainly be one to keep your eyes on in Sochi.

Here is a look at the complete roster for the Finland Men’s Ice Hockey Team courtesy of NHL.com.

Forwards
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
Juhamatti Aaltonen 06/04/1985 Ii, Finland Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Aleksander Barkov 09/02/1995 Tampere, FIN Florida Panthers (NHL)
Valtteri Filppula 03/20/1984 Vantaa, Finland Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Mikael Granlund 02/26/1992 Oulu, Finland Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Jussi Jokinen 04/01/1983 Kalajoki, Finland Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Olli Jokinen 12/05/1978 Kuopio, Finland Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Mikko Koivu 03/12/1983 Turku, Finland Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Leo Komarov 01/23/1987 Narva, Estonia Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Petri Kontiola 10/04/1984 Seinajoki, Finland Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
Lauri Korpikoski 07/28/1986 Turku, Finland Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jori Lehtera 12/23/1987 Helsinki, Finland Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)
Antti Pihlstrom 10/22/1984 Vantaa, Finland Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)
Tuomo Ruutu 02/16/1983 Vantaa, Finland Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Teemu Selanne 07/03/1970 Helsinki, Finland Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

 

Defensemen
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
Lasse Kukkonen 09/18/1981 Oulu, Finland Karpat Oulu (FIN)
Juuso Hietanen 07/14/1985 Hämeenlinna, Finland Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Sami Lepisto 10/17/1984 Espoo, Finland Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Olli Maatta 08/22/1994 Jyväskylä, Finland Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Sami Salo 09/02/1974 Turku, Finland Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Kimmo Timonen 03/18/1975 Kuopio, Finland Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Ossi Vaananen 08/18/1980 Vantaa, Finland Jokerit Helsinki (FIN)
Sami Vatanen 07/03/1991 Jyväskylä, Finland Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

 

Goaltenders
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
Kari Lehtonen 11/6/1983 Helsinki, Finland Dallas Stars (NHL)
Antti Niemi 08/29/1983 Vantaa, Finland San Jose Sharks
Tuukka Rask 03/10/1987 Savonlinna, Finland Boston Bruins (NHL)

 

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