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04-17-2013, 10:00 PM
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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Hard-working Finland looking to compete for gold

Finland hasn't won a U18 WJC gold since winning it twice in a row back in 1999 and 2000, but the potentital is there for this country to accomplish that feat once again.

The Finnish team shouldn't be very different from other teams iced by Suomi, as spectators can expect tough hockey mixed with top-level skill. Among players recently coming out of the Finnish program, the technically-gifted Granlund brothers or intimidating blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen, whose blasts from the point can be deadly, are examples of the best that Finland has to offer.

Last year in the Czech Republic, Finland finished fourth, losing to Canada in the bronze medal game.… read more


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