Photo: Team Finland forward and 2017 prospect Kristian Vesalainen competed for the Frolunda organization in Sweden in 2015-16, including 19 games with the SHL club in which he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The USA might have looked like a favorite to win the gold medal heading into the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, but their opponent in the semi-finals, Team Finland, came out on top in a tightly-contested, 4-2 showdown at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Read more»
Photo: Team Finland forward and 2017 prospect Eeli Tolvanen competed for the Sioux City Musketeers in 2015-16, scoring 17 goals and 38 points in 49 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Team Finland has scored 17 goals so far at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City – USHL) has netted six of those goals, with three of those goals coming in his country’s 4-3 quaterfinal win over Russia. Read more»
Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Robin Salo has chipped in a goal in five games for his country at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
In what ended up being the closest of the four quarterfinal matches at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Finland defeated Russia by a 4-3 score.
A goal by by Russian forward Yaroslav Alexeyev (MVD Balashikha – RUS) drew his team within one of Finland with 7:29 remaining in the third period, but Russia could not produce the equalizer in the remaining time. Read more»
Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.
The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more»
Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Otto Somppi competed for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2015-16, where he scored 13 goals and 46 points in 59 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Team Finland has earned a date with Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship after dropping a 3-1 decision to Canada in the final game of the preliminary round. Read more»