(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland’s Tolvanen giving a preview of things to come in 2017

By Ken McKenna
Eeli Tolvanen - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

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.

Tolvanen’s third goal vs. the Russians proved to be the game-winner as Russia was unable to fully close the two-goal gap created by Tolvanen’s hat trick goal.

The six goals scored by Tolvanen have him tied for the tournament lead with Canada’s Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL), while his seven total points tie him for ninth with five other players.

Tolvanen and the Finns face their toughest test of the tournament when they meet the USA in the semi-finals. The U.S. has scored the most goals of any team while surrendering the fewest goals so far at this U18 tournament.

Tolvanen spoke with Hockey’s Future following the win over Russia, a conversation included in this HF video.

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