Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Mikael Granlund, Finland

by Ken McKenna
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The elder of Finland‘s Granlund brothers, Mikael, did his part to help the Finns advance at the 2012 World Junior Championship.  The forward collected one goal and three assists in Finland’s 8-5 quarter-final win over Slovakia.

Granlund spoke with the media following the team’s win over Slovakia.

Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Markus Granlund, Finland

by Ken McKenna
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Finland‘s Markus Granlund, along with his brother Mikael, turned in a strong performance in the Finn’s 8-5 win over Slovakia at the 2012 World Junior Championship.  The younger Granlund scored two goals and added one assist in a productive night for the Granlund-Granlund-Pulkkinen line.

Granlund spoke with the media following Finland’s quarter-final win.

Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Raimo Helminen, Finland

by Ken McKenna
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Finland head coach Raimo Helminen has his team focused after a first-game blowout loss to Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.  Helminen’s charges took the next step at this tournament with an 8-5 quarter-final win over Slovakia.

Helminen spoke with the media following his team’s win.

Frans Tuohimaa enjoying experience as Oilers prospect

by Tony Piscotta
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Nineteen-year-old goalie Frans Tuohimaa was one of two Finnish goalies selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Draft. The Jokerit prospect was selected in the seventh round (182nd overall) while Samu Perhonen, who played for JyP's junior club as well as Finland's U-18 team at the World Junior Championships, was selected in the third (62nd overall). Both recently attended the Oilers' July prospects camp but unfortunately Perhonen was sick for much of the camp. Hockey's Future recently caught up with Tuohimaa to get some feedback on his first experience as an NHL prospect.

Hockey's Future: Did you have a chance to talk to either Teemu Hartikainen or Toni Rajala (two other Finnish players in the Edmonton system) about the Oilers before you came to camp and did they give you any advice?
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Finnish Goaltenders

by Bill Meltzer
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Finland has produced some of the NHL’s top forwards of the 1980s and 1990s, most notably Jari Kurri and Teemu Selänne. There have also been Finnish defensemen who have emerged as top-quality NHL players, ranging from Reijo Ruotsalainen to Teppo Numminen. For some reason, however, there have been very few Finnish goalies to make it to the NHL and, as yet, there has not been a single Finnish impact goalie in the NHL. Only Jarmo Myllys, Kari Takko, Jari Kaarela, and Hannu Kampurri have ever so much as started an NHL regular season game. Myllys and Takko represent the (modest) pinnacle of success that Finnish keepers have had in the NHL.

In the meantime, every other major European hockey country has produced at least one regular starting goalie in the NHL. The former Czechoslovakia developed Dominik Hasek and Roman Turek. Sweden gave us Pelle Lindbergh and Tommy Salo. Russia produced Nikolai Khabibulin (not to mention the legendary Vladislav Tretiak, who would have been an NHL star if the political climate of the time had allowed it). Moreover, even some of the lesser NHL goalies from the other European countries, such as Tommy Söderström, Mikhail Shtalenkov, and Petr Skudra, experienced NHL success that was equal or superior to the North American accomplishments of Takko and Myllys.
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