Previewing 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

The Finnish team for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup was announced earlier today. The roster consists of two goalies, eight defensemen and 12 forwards, with 14 prospects being eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft and eight for the 2019 draft. Three prospects are eligible to play also in next year's tournament - forward Kaapo … Continue reading Previewing 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

Three Notes on Team Finland from the U18 World Championship

Finland has gone unbeaten at the U18 World Championship thus far after defeating the host team Slovakia, Switzerland and Latvia. Here are three notes from the tournament. 1. Joni Ikonen and Kristian Vesalainen leading the way offensively Finland's first line has been excellent thus far. Rasmus Kupari was moved to the third line after Linus Nyman joined … Continue reading Three Notes on Team Finland from the U18 World Championship

Two-game recap on Finland U19 against Czech Republic

Finnish U19 national team, consisting of 1998 born players, faced Czech Republic three times this past weekend. I attended the last two games. Finland defeated Czechs 4-0 on Saturday, scoring three goals in the first period and playing a smart, steady defensive game in the lead the rest of the game. Dallas Stars prospect Markus … Continue reading Two-game recap on Finland U19 against Czech Republic