There’s always a ton of pressure for the home team to excel at a major tournament and after Canada was able to do it in 2015, Finland will look to repeat that level of success. The World Juniors are always a rocky time for the Finns, who played in the relegation round in 2013, won the tournament in 2014 and barely survived in 2015. This year, Finland is bringing a stacked roster at every position and if things hold up, they’ll easily be a contender until the end.

NamePositionTeam
Kaapo KahkonenGoalieBlues Espoo
Emil LarmiGoaliePeliitat Heinola
Veini VehvilainenGoalieJYP Jyvaskyla
Olli JuoleviDefenseLondon Knights
Miro KeskitaloDefenseTPS Turku
Niko MikkolaDefenseKalPa Kuopio
Sami NikuDefenseJYP Jyvaskyla
Vili SaarijarviDefenseFlint Firebirds
Eetu SopanenDefensePeliitat Heinola
Joni TuulolaDefenseHPK Hameenlinna
Sebastian AhoForwardKarpat Oulu
Kasper BjorkqvistForwardEspoo Blues
Roope HintzForwardHIFK Helsinki
Antti KalapudasForwardKarpat Oulu
Patrik LaineForwardTappara Tampere
Juho LammikkoForwardKingston Frontenacs
Kasperi KapanenForwardToronto Marlies
Julius NattinenForwardBarrie Colts
Jesse PuljujarviForwardKarpat Oulu
Sebastian RepoForwardPelicans Lahti
Aleksi SaarelaForwardAssat Pori
Miska SiikonenForwardPelicans Lahti
Mikko RantanenForwardSan Antonio Rampage

About The Author

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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