Roster - Finland

First string goalie Ari Ahonen, whose rights belong to the New Jersey Devils, has a fine 2:62 GAA with IFK Helsinki of the Finnish League, even though he's only 19. Backing him up is 17-year-old Kari Lehtonen, who literally stole the gold medal from the Russians at last season's World (Under-18) Junior Championship in Switzerland. Winger Janni Rita , Edmonton Oilers' top choice in the 1999 draft, is expected to provide both offense and toughness. Defenceman Tero Maatta was the first draft choice of the San Jose Sharks in 2000. Centre Miiko Koivu, younger brother of Montreal Canadiens' Saku, is only 17 but ready to play. Teemu Sainomaa, a 6-3, 209-pound winger with the Ottawa '67s, and Tony Salmelainen, third choice of the Edmonton Oilers in 1999, are solid players. Kari Jalonen, who played 37 NHL games for Calgary and Edmonton, is the new Finnish coach. Finland will be shooting for its third gold medal since the championships started in 1977.

 

# Player S/C Ht. (cm) Wt. (kg) Birthdate 2000-01 Team
No Joueur T/A T. (cm) P. (kg) Naissance Équipe 2000-01
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
1 LEHTONEN Kari L 189 80 16/11/83 Jokerit Helsinki
30 AHONEN Ari L 188 81 06/02/81 IFK Helsinki
Defence/Défense
2 TUKIO Arto L 183 86 04/04/81 Ilves Tampere
3 PAUKKUNEN Markku L 185 86 15/04/81 TPS Turku
7 NISKALA Janne L 184 86 22/09/81 Lukko Rauma
8 MANTYLA Tuukka L 176 78 25/05/81 Tappara Tampere
20 MALMIVAARA Olli L 194 94 13/03/82 Jokerit Helsinki
21 MAATTA Tero L 187 94 02/01/82 Blues Espoo
Forwards/Avants
9 KOIVU Mikko L 188 80 12/03/83 TPS Turku
10 HAMALAINEN Ville L 182 85 06/07/81 SaiPa Lappeentanta
12 VENALAINEN Sami L 181 81 14/10/81 Tappara Tampere
13 LAITINEN Miro L 178 81 01/01/81 Tappara Tampere
14 MUSTONEN Toni R 180 80 29/04/82 KJT Jarvenpaa
15 HYTONEN Juha-Pekka L 179 76 22/05/81 JYP Jyvaskyla
16 KOIVISTO Toni L 183 86 05/11/82 Lukko Rauma
17 PIHLMAN Tuomas L 188 94 13/11/82 JYP Jyvaskyla
18 SALMELAINEN Tony R 175 82 08/08/81 IFK Helsinki
19 SAINOMAA Teemu L 193 95 15/05/81 Jokerit Helsinki
22 RITA Jani L 185 94 25/07/81 Jokerit Helsinki
23 JOKILA Janne L 175 79 22/04/82 SaiPa Lappeenranta
26 RUUTU Tuomo L 183 88 16/02/83 Jokerit Helsinki

 

Staff/Personnel
Head Coach JALONEN Kari
Assistant Coach DUFVA Risto
Assistant Coach VUORI Ari
General Manager BACKMAN Timo
Equipment Manager VIRPLO Kari
Physiotherapist LUOMA Jussi