2013 WJC Review: Finland takes step backward to relegation round
For North American hockey fans to understand Finland's seventh-place finish at the 2013 World Junior Championship tournament, all anyone has to do is think back to 2013 gold medal-winning USA's experience at last year's tournament in Western Canada.
Like the Americans a year ago, Finland came into this WJC with a team full of promise and was very strong in two pre-tournament games.
After handling the opening game against an inferior opponent that would eventually be relegated (Denmark for the USA, Latvia in Finland's case), the team stumbled in its next two games and needed to upset its arch-rival if it was to avoid the relegation round.… read more
Good, solid review. No major points to disagree with. Still wonder what this team could have done if their coaches had known how to turn it around.
There was one minor factual error, though. You called Lindbohm a returnee, which he wasn't. This was the first - and only - dance for him on this stage.
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