Finnish roster for WJC

By Mikko Vuori

Kari Lehtonen will be the starting goalie. Joni Puurula would have been the 1st choice for the backup position, but he has been out for almost the whole season so far.

On defence 2002 eligble Joni Pitkänen has a big role. Tero Määttä, Markus Seikola and Olli Malmivaara are other TOP-4 defenceman on the team.

The two scoring lines are almost set. Mikko Koivu will center Tuomo Ruutu and Tuomas Pihlman. Jarkko Immonen will have Toni Koivisto and Jussi Jokinen on his wings.
Center Harri Suutarinen has a broken jaw and can’t play.

Coach Erkka Westerlund says that other teams will have more talented players on their teams and Finland has to play as a team again. When selecting the players Westerlund has tried to find ambitious, brave and disciplined players.

1 G Kari Lehtonen Jokerit 11-16-1983 6-3 190
30 G Juha Kuokkanen SaiPa 01-26-1982 5-10 170

3 D Topi Jaakola Kärpät 11-15-1983 6-1 179
4 D Joni Pitkänen Kärpät 09-19-1983 6-3 194
5 D Mikko Viitanen Jukurit 02-18-1982 6-3 221
6 D Olli Malmivaara Jokerit 03-13-1982 6-4 205
8 D Jyri Marttinen JYP 09-01-1982 5-11 179
21 D Tero Määttä Blues 01-02-1982 6-1 214
22 D Markus Seikola TPS 06-05-1982 6-1 185

9 F Mikko Koivu TPS 03-12-1983 6-2 174
10 F Sean Bergenheim Jokerit 02-08-1984 5-11 190
11 F Kim Hirschovits HIFK 05-09-1982 6-1 181
12 F Jarkko Immonen Ässät 04-19-1982 6-0 190
13 F Tomi Mäki Jokerit 08-19-1983 5-11 172
14 F Mikko Kankaanperä TPS 03-30-1982 5-10 170
15 F Tuomo Ruutu Jokerit 02-16-1983 6-1 198
16 F Toni Koivisto Lukko 11-05-1982 6-0 187
20 F Jussi Jokinen Kärpät 04-01-1983 6-0 182
23 F Janne Jokila SaiPa 04-22-1982 5-9 174
24 F Pekka Saarenheimo Kärpät 05-06-1982 6-0 190
28 F Joni Yli-Torkko SaiPa 04-14-1982 5-9 174
29 F Tuomas Pihlman JYP 11-13-1982 6-2 205