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01-01-2013, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by FiLe View Post

However, the impact these tournaments may have on players' mentality, these are indeed heavy lessons learned. Quite many of this squad's players will be NT staples for the next decade and more, and every chance they get to learn what it takes to win in tight tournament-type hockey is too valuable to waste.
That is exactly the point I was trying to make. The men's team can't be successful if the youngsters have no idea what it takes to go far in high-level international tournaments.

One of the most important things at this point is to learn how to work together as a team, and how to work with these players in particular, because some of them will play on the NT together in the future. Some good examples are Määttä, Ristolainen, Teräväinen, Barkov and Armia (at least I hope so). Team work is probably the most important thing for Finns, because we'll always be just a little weaker in the individual talent department than the other big hockey countries. We can't afford to give them the team work advantage as well.

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