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12-12-2009, 03:17 AM
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Korkki
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As I predicted Jortikka was interviewed in local newspaper. He told that the whole conversation is pointless, he knows the production of Haula and he has got reports from Finnish NHL-scouts about him. He mentioned also that he knows that USHL is the second-tier league in USA juniors (what I didn't know)and "that about those points".

He also told that this "local movement" only makes him laugh and he knows who is the person behind it (meant Tomi Haula, Erik's father who is a bit controversial person). And in the end he said that he has picked the best available players and if Erik is so good that he belongs to the WJC team he can do it next year.

Personally, I think you can read between the lines that the biggest reason for Erik not being in the tourney is his father. However, being a controversional character it just can't matter whether you will choose his son or not. I hope Finland will be so bad that everyone will crush Jortikka after the tournament.

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