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.
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|