Finnish Roster for WJC

By Mikko Vuori
Goaltenders
Player             C Ht.    Wt. Birthdate Hometown     2000/2001 Team        Drafted
Kari Lehtonen      L 6'02.5 178 11/16/83  Helsinki     Jokerit Helsinki      Eligible 02
Ari Ahonen         L 6'02   179 02/06/81  Jyväskylä    IFK Helsinki          NJ  99

Defensemen
Player             S Ht.    Wt. Birthdate Hometown     2000/2001 Team        Drafted
Markku Paukkunen   L 6'01   190 04/15/81  Kuopio       JYP Jyväskylä         Not drafted
Harri Tikkanen     L 5'09   163 06/02/81  Lappeenranta SaiPa Lappeenranta    Not drafted
Lasse Kukkonen     L 6'00   185 09/18/81  Oulu         Kärpät Oulu           Not drafted
Janne Niskala      L 6'00.5 190 09/22/81  Västerås     Lukko Rauma (jrs.)    Not drafted
Tuukka Mäntylä     L 5'09.5 172 05/25/81  Tampera      Tappara Tampera       Not drafted
Olli Malmivaara    L 6'04.5 205 03/13/82  Kajaani      Jokerit Helsinki      CHI 00
Tero Määttä        L 6'01.5 205 01/02/82  Vantaa       Blues Espoo           SJ  00

Forwards
Player             S Ht.    Wt. Birthdate Hometown     2000/2001 Team        Drafted
Mikko Koivu        L 6'02   176 03/12/83  Turku        TPS Turku             Eligible 01
Ville Hämäläinen   L 5'11.5 187 07/06/81  Lappeenranta SaiPa Lappeenranta    Not drafted
Sami Venäläinen    R 5'11.5 179 10/14/81  Kangasala    Tappara Tampera       PHX 00
Miro Laitinen      L 5'10.5 179 01/01/81  Pietarsaari  Tappara Tampera       Not drafted
Tomi Mustonen      R 5'11   176 04/29/82  Jokela       KJT Järvenpää (Div 1) Not drafted
Juha-Pekka Hytönen L 5'09.5 168 05/22/81  Jyväskylä    JYP Jyväskylä         Not drafted
Toni Koivisto      L 6'00   190 11/05/82  Ylitornio    Lukko Rauma           Eligible 01
Tuomas Pihlman     L 6'02   207 11/13/82  Espoo        JYP Jyväskylä         Eligible 01
Tony Salmelainen   R 5'09   181 08/08/81  Helsinki     IFK Helsinki          EDM 99
Teemu Sainomaa     L 6'04   209 05/15/81  Helsinki     Jokerit Helsinki      OTT 99
Jani Rita          L 6'01   207 07/25/81  Helsinki     Jokerit Helsinki      EDM 99
Jouni Kulonen      R 5'07   157 10/02/81  Forssa       JYP Jyväskylä         Not drafted
Tuomo Ruutu        L 6'00   194 02/16/82  Vantaa       Jokerit Helsinki      Eligible 01

Finland will play USA and Switzerland before making the trip to Moscow.

Ari Ahonen will be Finland’s starting goalie. He has been one of the best goalie in Finnish league. Jani Rita or Tuomo Ruutu are Finland’s top forwards. Tuukka
Mäntylä quaterback the PP.