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05-11-2013, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by daynus View Post
so the reason finnish grads have to put time in the military is because of a war with their neighbor russia going back a long time ago. i am curious about barkov, this guy would be in an altogether crazy category having a russian father and a finnish mother. would he even be able to serve.

Military service is basically non-issue for Finnish athletes, especially hockey players.

Koivu was there for 11 days two years ago, Granlund 16 days.

Risto isn't as much of a star but wouldn't be there for more than 30 days, 40 max. of which on most you can train and like three weeks are for on-ice training purposes.

It's no Navy Seal stuff. Some of it is actually good off-ice training.

Barkov has dual-nationality so I think he can go to military but he isn't obligated to.

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