2021 IIHF: Finland Men’s National Ice Hockey Team preview, live stream, statistics, roster, schedule and more

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With the cancellation of last year’s International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, the 2019 victors, Finland, are the reigning champions. Taking the ice in Riga, Latvia, the Finnish seek their third gold medal in the last 10 World Championship tournaments. Any spot on the podium would give them their fifth medal over the same time span, with two silver medals along with the golds.

This year, eight players from that 2019 championship team return for the opportunity to repeat. A gold medal for Finland would make them the third repeat champion across the last six tournaments. Canada won back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, followed by Sweden in 2017 and 2018.

Tournament Details

DatesFriday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021
LocationRiga, Latvia
VenueOlympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga
ChannelNHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Live StreamPremiumTV (Worldwide)

Preview

Finland entered the 2021 IIHF World Championship at the top of the power rankings, but it took just one weekend for them to fall to No. 6. Even there, they still may fall further. They had a good start against the United States in their first contest but lost to Kazakhstan in overtime to end the weekend. While they may not belong in the middle of the pack with Norway and the United States, they’ll have a chance to improve their standing. As with the rest of Group B, with the records so close, the second week is key for creating space from the bottom teams. It’s time for Finland to show everyone they are who we thought they were.

2021 Finland IIHF World Championship Roster

NumberNamePositionClub
2Ville PokkaDefensemanAvangard Omsk
3Olli MaattaDefensemanLos Angeles Kings
6Tony SundDefensemanHC Davos
7Oliwer KaskiDefensemanAvangard Omsk
12Marko AnttilaForwardJokerit Helsinki
13Mikael RuohomaaForwardSibnir Novosibirsk
15Anton LundellForwardIFK Helsinki
20Niko OjamakiForwardLinkoping HC
21Jere InnalaForwardHPK Hameenlinna
22Arttu RuotsalainenForwardBuffalo Sabers
24Hannes BjorninenForwardPelicans Lahti
25Jere KarjalainenForwardHK Sochi
27Petri KontiolaForwardHPK Hameenlinna
29Harri SateriGoalkeeperSibir Novosibirsk
31Janne JuvonenGoalkeeperLeksands IF
38Teemu TurunenForwardHC Davos
39Kim NousiainenDefensemanKalPa Kuopio
40Petteri LindbohmDefensemanEHC Biel
45Jussi OlkinuoraGoalkeeperMetallurg Magnitogorsk
47Peter TiivolaForwardAssat Pori
48Valtteri PuustinenForwardHPK Hameenlinna
50Miika KoivistoDefensemanVaxjo Lakers
52Mikael SeppalaDefensemanKalPa Kuopio
55Atte OhtamaaDefensemanLokomotiv Yaroslavl
61Axel RindellDefensemanJukurit Mikkeli
76Jere SallinenForwardIFK Helsinki
80Saku MaenalanenForwardJokerit Helsinki
81Iiro PakarinenForwardJokerit Helsinki

Finland Prelims Schedule

Finland is competing in Group B and will play each other team in the group in the preliminary round. All Group B games are played at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, May 22, 20219:15am ESTUnited States
Sunday, May 23, 20219:15am ESTKazakhstan
Tuesday, May 25, 20211:15pm ESTNorway
Thursday, May 27, 20211:15pm ESTItaly
Saturday, May 29, 20211:15pm ESTGermany
Sunday, May 30, 20211:15pm ESTLatvia
Tuesday, June 1, 20215:15am ESTCanada

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