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01-10-2013, 03:03 PM
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Question regarding Finnish Jr. Teams

Hello,

I was wondering if any of you who follows the Junior "A" and "B" leagues in Finland can answer a couple of questions for me.

Here in NA, specifically in the US, we have a variety of the aforementioned that develop players for the NCAA, such as the USHL, the NAHL and the EJHL. Plus we also have the various high school/prep school and Tier I Elite programs. What is the equivalent there in Finland?

I ask because in the NCAA we're getting more and more really good players from your country. Erik Haula and Juho Olkinuora are two of the latest examples. I know that Haula played at Shattuck St. Marys and Olkinuora played in the USHL before they came to the NCAA, but I'm more interested in learning about the Finnish Junior "A" and "B" leagues as well as the leagues that Haula and Olkinuora played with prior to coming to the US and what they're development is like.

Also, how do most hockey followers in Finland feel about their countrymen playing US collegiate hockey?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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