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Finland announced their 26 man preliminary roster for the upcoming World Junior tournament today. Missing from the list are current NHLer’s Aleksander Barkov, Olli Määttä and Rasmus Ristolainen, the only bright spots for a Finnish team that found themselves competing in the relegation round by the conclusion of the tournament. Things couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Finns, who, after only one win last year, fell sharply from the fourth place finish the year before. Will this year’s edition be able to turn things around?

NamePositionTeam
Ville HussoGoalieHIFK Helsinki
Janne JuvonenGoaliePelicans Lahti
Juuse SarosGoalieHPK Hämeenlinna
Julius HonkaDefensemanSwift Current Broncos
Mikko LehtonenDefensemanTUTO Turku
Esa LindellDefensemanJokerit Helsinki
Ville PokkaDefensemanKärpät Oulu
Juuso VainioDefensemanHPK Hämeenlinna
Mikko VainonenDefensemanKingston Frontenacs
Henrik HaapalaForwardTappara Tampere
Henri IkonenForwardKingston Frontenacs
Juuso IkonenForwardJYP Jyväskylä
Kasperi KapanenForwardKalPa Kuopio
Saku KinnunenForwardKalPa Kuopio
Rasmus KulmalaForwardTPS Turku
Artturi LehkonenForwardKalPa Kuopio
Ville LeskinenForwardKärpät Oulu
Aleksi MustonenForwardJokerit Helsinki
Saku MäenalanenForwardKärpät Oulu
Joni NikkoForwardLukko Rauma
Topi NättinenForwardJYP Jyväskylä
Otto RauhalaForwardTappara Tampere
Aleksi RutanenForwardTUTO Turku
Teuvo TeräväinenForwardJokerit Helsinki

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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