Top 25 Finnish Players Of All-Time - #6
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01-29-2013, 12:32 PM
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In my opinion yes, Urpo Ylönen should be candidate soon. None of the other names has been as important to Finnish national team as Ylönen was in late 60´s. He was the MVP in our first wins against big four (CSSR 67 and 70, Canada 68 and Sweden 70). Chosen the best hockey player in Finland 67,68 and 70.
If I remember right after the 68 win against Canada he did get some offers from NHL (likely training camp invitations). It´s really hard to say would he have make it. NHL was expanding and Ylönen was still quite young. Also he did have long career and he still is respected goalie coach in league (over 50 years after his debut in NT). So in a way there is good proof that he has ability to renew his thinking and maybe he could have adapt to North-American game. But this is just playing with what ifs.
edit. google news story about the Canada game
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