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Captain Teemu Selanne: Don't sleep on Finland at Olympics - USA TODAY

Captain Teemu Selanne: Don't sleep on Finland at Olympics - USA TODAY | Finland | Scoop.it

With prognosticators seeming to be favoring a Russia-Canada Olympic hockey final, Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne figures he might as well go with the flow.

"Hopefully I can get some tickets to that game," he said with a laugh.

Then he got serious and pointed out that Olympics are always rife with upsets and hopes his Finnish team can be part of that equation.


"If somebody takes us lightly, they're going to be in trouble."

Finland has been doing that frequently in the Olympics. Since the NHL started sending its players in 1998, Finland has won three medals — bronze in 1998, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010 — more than any country.

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Teemu Selanne: Anaheim Duck Is One of the NHL's Last True Treasures - Bleacher Report

Teemu Selanne: Anaheim Duck Is One of the NHL's Last True Treasures - Bleacher Report | Finland | Scoop.it
At 42 years old, the man who was nicknamed the "Finnish Flash" is still better than the vast majority of players half his age.

 

When the Anaheim Ducks inked Selanne to another one year deal they were ensuring the NHL would not lose one of its greatest remaining treasures.

After Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom retired this summer, Selanne remains one of the last true generational talents left in the NHL ...

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Finns go down to 5-0 defeat against USA in Ice Hockey Championships

Finns go down to 5-0 defeat against USA in Ice Hockey Championships | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland went down to a humiliating defeat against the USA team in the World Ice Hockey Championships in Helsinki.
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Finland progress into the grand final! - Innsbruck 2012 Mens Ice Hockey Semi Final

A close encounter made for 'edge of your seat' viewing, but the boys from Finland inevitably had the edge over their opponents.

Uploaded by Innsbruck2012 on Jan 21, 2012
 
Canada 1 - 2 Finland

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Finland upsets U.S.: World junior roundup

Finland upsets U.S.: World junior roundup | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland upset the United States 4-1 in a Pool B preliminary-round game Wednesday at the world junior hockey championship. The Americans are considered one of the tournament favourites and the Finns more of a dark horse in the field.
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Tournament turnaround for Finland | Hockey | Sports | London Free ...

Tournament turnaround for Finland | Hockey | Sports | London Free ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Weird the way it's worked with the Finns so far here.

 

Maybe it was the crowd again, laughed Raimo Helminen.

"Same people. Totally different. Life is changing fast," said the Finland coach.

After his Suomi squad froze like so many elks in headlights in front of an NHL arena full of frenzied Canadian fans, losing 8-1 on opening night, his teenagers showed up at Rexall Place to play the Americans Wednesday and found the crowd was, at least in a hockey sense, anti-American. And pro Finland.

The result was a 4-1 Finland win over the USA.

Tournament on!

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Selanne looks forward to returning to play against first NHL team

Selanne looks forward to returning to play against first NHL team | Finland | Scoop.it

WINNIPEG — It was only a minority of the time in his career, but Teemu Selanne and Winnipeg still go together like puck in net.
Selanne returns to the Manitoba capital on Saturday to play for the first time in almost 16 years -- since he was traded in February 1996. The Anaheim Ducks meet the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on Saturday.

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Kings, Ducks choose goaltenders in second round of NHL draft - Los Angeles Times

Kings, Ducks choose goaltenders in second round of NHL draft - Los Angeles Times | Finland | Scoop.it
By coincidence, both players are named Gibson — Christopher Gibson of Finland goes to Kings with the 49th overall pick, after John Gibson of the US...
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Draft-day butterflies shift from Granlund to his little brother

Draft-day butterflies shift from Granlund to his little brother | Finland | Scoop.it
One year ago in Los Angeles, Mikael Granlund remembered the butterflies. This year in Minnesota, he has a whole different feeling -- excitement.

At some point this weekend, the young Finnish star will get to watch his brother, Markus, be drafted in the same arena in which he hopes to star one day.http://bit.ly/m2hUVW...)...
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Fines for top Ice Hockey Association personnel

Fines for top Ice Hockey Association personnel | Finland | Scoop.it
The governing body of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association has fined both team manager Timo Jutila and senior coach Pasi Nurminen for their behavior during celebrations of Finland’s victory in the World Ice Hockey Championships. The news was first reported by the tabloid, Iltalehti.
The paper reported the association’s governing body had noted events did not entirely take place in accordance with the rules. For this reason, it handed down fines to the two men.
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Ducks sign Vatanen, wait on Valentine - OCRegister

Ducks sign Vatanen, wait on Valentine - OCRegister | Finland | Scoop.it
The Ducks made the signing of Finnish prospect Sami Vatanen official on Tuesday but it appears they are having trouble getting another defenseman they drafted locked up into an entry level deal.
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Selänne - movie trailer

www.facebook.com/leffat Selänne is a documentary about Teemu Selänne—the best Finnish ice hockey player of all time. 

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Finnish star Granlund signs with Minnesota Wild

Finnish star Granlund signs with Minnesota Wild | Finland | Scoop.it
Mikael Granlund's arrival in Minnesota has been eagerly awaited by frustrated Wild fans looking for more star power and offensive skill on a team stuck in mediocrity since entering the NHL 12 years ago.
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Alex Goligoski boarded by Ansi Salmela at World Championships

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Two days after they needed overtime to get past Kazakhstan, Team USA rolled over Finland today with a 5-0 victory and earn a spot in the quarterfinals. They'll finish the round robin portion of the IIHF World Championships on Tuesday against Switzerland.
Fortunately for the Americans Alex Goligoski appeared to make it through this nasty boarding call by Anssi Salmela early in the third period unscathed:

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Wild prospect Granlund was so close - Boston Herald

Wild prospect Granlund was so close - Boston Herald | Finland | Scoop.it
 It also ultimately might have cost the Finns a medal because the Finns were trounced in the bronze medal game, 4-0 by Canada. "Big disappointment," Granlund said afterward.

 

Mikael Granlund has delivered on the big stage countless times, but the Wild’s most prized prospect won’t soon forget the puck sliding off his stick in a must-score shootout attempt in the semifinals of the World Junior Championships.

To add insult to injury, Granlund’s miss catapulted the rival Swedes into Thursday night’s gold medal game, where they beat Russia 1-0 in overtime. It also ultimately might have cost the Finns a medal because the Finns were trounced in the bronze medal game, 4-0 by Canada.

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Finns beat Czechs for third straight win | Sports, News ...

Finns beat Czechs for third straight win | Sports, News ... | Finland | Scoop.it

EDMONTON – The Finnish National Junior Team has visions of making up for last year’s sixth-place showing at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Finns won their third straight game in the Group B preliminary-round pool, beating the Czech Republic 4-0 at Rexall Place on Saturday to finish second in the five-team field.

“It means a lot and it’s good for Finland, good for our team and the boys,” Finnish coach Raimo Helminen said. “It’s always good to win because the confidence grows and grows and I hope that keeps going.”

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Team Finland 2012 WJC Preview - Hockey's Future

Team Finland 2012 WJC Preview - Hockey's Future | Finland | Scoop.it

The 2011 Finland squad for the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship offers an intriguing blend of experience and youth - with arguably the tournament's most high profile player, Mikael Granlund, skating in his third World Junior championship...

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Selanne better than ever - The Province

Selanne better than ever - The Province | Finland | Scoop.it
 Finns seemingly just can't score and those who watch the game back there are just now figuring out why, given that among rising prospects from the country, only two presently on the horizon appear to have any hope...
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Pekka Rinne Talks Growing Up Hockey in Finland « Michelle ...

Pekka Rinne Talks Growing Up Hockey in Finland « Michelle ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Pekka Rinne Talks Growing Up Hockey in Finland. June 27, 2011. by mkenneth1. Thanks to the Puck Agency and Jay Grossman for helping us set up an interview with Nashville Predator Pekka Rinne last week.
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Helsinki, Winnipeg trips on Ducks’ schedule - Ducks blog

Helsinki, Winnipeg trips on Ducks’ schedule - Ducks blog | Finland | Scoop.it
Here’s a message for Teemu Selanne. The ball — or rather the puck — is in your corner now.
Ol’ No. 8 hasn’t made a decision yet on his playing future but one is expected within the next couple of weeks. However, we see absolutely no reason for Selanne to hang up his skates yet except for that small thing of spending more time with wife, Sirpa, and their four children...
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Sweden vs Finland Final Game Goals and Recap Ice Hockey World Championships 2011

Sweden vs Finland Final Game Goals and Recap Ice Hockey World Championships 2011 | Finland | Scoop.it
Here is the recap on Sweden vs Finland final match in 2011 Ice Hockey World Championships including all the goals Result was Sweden 1 and Finland ...youtube.com...
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Armia, Perhonen top list of best Finnish draft prospects

Armia, Perhonen top list of best Finnish draft prospects | Finland | Scoop.it
What are the chances as many as two players starring in Finland are taken in the opening round of the 2011 Entry Draft on June 24?

It's hard to believe the country that has provided such current NHL standouts as Teemu Selanne, Mikko Koivu, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kimmo Timonen and Niklas Backstrom has failed to produce multiple first-round picks in seven years. The last time it happened was 2004, when forwards Lauri Tukonen (No. 11, Kings), Petteri Nokelainen (No. 16, Islanders) and Lauri Korpikoski (No. 19, Rangers) were tabbed....
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Team Moo is Flashy name

Team Moo is Flashy name | Finland | Scoop.it
Unusual moniker could help bring back popular ex-Jet...

Teemu Selanne, currently with the Anaheim Ducks, began his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets. Wouldn't it be great if the Finnish Flash inked a contract with the city's new team. Selanne is seen in a March 23,2010 file shot prior to a game against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
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