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12-16-2011, 06:41 PM
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Miettinen: "Jets were my favorite team growing up"

TSN showed a small interview with Antti Mietinen and he mentioned that the Jets were his favorite team when he was a kid in Finland and that he watched more Jets games than any other team in the NHL because Teemu Selanne was his idol.

Looks like he's pretty happy to be a Jet.

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12-16-2011, 06:48 PM
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TSN showed a small interview with Antti Mietinen and he mentioned that the Jets were his favorite team when he was a kid in Finland and that he watched more Jets games than any other team in the NHL because Teemu Selanne was his idol.

Looks like he's pretty happy to be a Jet.
Wow that is incredible! For my money, that seals that he will be in the lineup conditioning or not Saturday night. That shizz is storybook.

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I watched this too. Great to hear!

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I'm sure there are plenty of Fins who were fond of Winnipeg growing up. Maybe not so much in the last 20 years, but in the 70's and 80's I'm sure we were very popular.

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Video on TSN.ca:

http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/#clip587223

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If you want to win, get a Finn.

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I'm sure there are plenty of Fins who were fond of Winnipeg growing up. Maybe not so much in the last 20 years, but in the 70's and 80's I'm sure we were very popular.
I could certainly see it. Selanne and Numminen (and Jarvenpaa ) were some of the best Finns in the league in the 80's/early 90's.

Same goes for Swedes. There were probably a lot of Nilsson, Hedberg and Sjoberg fans back in the day.

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I could certainly see it. Selanne and Numminen (and Jarvenpaa ) were some of the best Finns in the league in the 80's/early 90's.

Same goes for Swedes. There were probably a lot of Nilsson, Hedberg and Sjoberg fans back in the day.
Very true, I've read many articles about the Jets popularity in Sweden due to Nilsson, Hedberg and Sjoberg.

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I'm sold. I've always liked the guy... Now I like him more.

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That's awesome! Maybe it'll make him play better knowing how positively Selanne portrays the city.

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Very true, I've read many articles about the Jets popularity in Sweden due to Nilsson, Hedberg and Sjoberg.
Strange how the Jets' Hexi Riihiranta and Veli Pekka Ketola are almost forgotten now. They must have been literally the first Finns to play in North America while Hedberg, Nilsson, Sjoberg and Curt Larsson weren't actually the first Swedes (the Maple Leafs already had Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom the year before and future Jet Thommie Bergman was with the Red Wings a year or two before them, I think).

Everyone in Sweden, of a certain age at least, seems to know Winnipeg because of the Jets and also because people there tend to be very knowledgeable about the world in general.

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12-16-2011, 08:27 PM
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Glad Miettinen is feeling the love for the Peg and also am happy to have him. Shane Hnidy had very positive comments about Mitts as a teammate on the Wild. He said Mitts always stayed on the ice after practice for at least half an hour to work on the little things and he was a first on and last off type guy that was also really popular with his teammates. Shane was really sincere and said he would be a big asset for the Jets.

the good news is most people here seem to have tempered expectations for Miettinen which is good. Absolutely nothing wrong with a 15 to 20 goal a year versatile two way forward. I think our team could use a bit more veteran presence to help us execute our system more consistently on our 3rd line and also become a bit more steady on the road.

Glad to have Mitts on board and I think if he is in the building tomorrow night whether he is on the ice or in the press box he is going to see that Winnipeg doesn't mind our Fins.

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With the recent duds (MacLean, Maxwell, Fehr, Jaffray, Klingberg) inserted into the line-up, here is hoping Miettinen at number six is the lucky one! He probably is the most talented and versatile of the bunch.

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Well didn't things just come up together all nicely for Miettinen. Becomes a member of his favorite team growing up and I'm presuming that he'll be playing in the game where his childhood idol plays in Winnipeg for the first time since being traded to Anaheim.

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Sweet. Hopefully he plays inspired hockey for us.

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That's awesome. I assume the old Jets had a lot of Finnish fans back in the day.

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Surely you jest?

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That's a cool story, but but I thought that NO PLAYER WOULD EVER WANT TO PLAY IN WINNIPEG!

Even if he's in the pressbox it will be extremely cool for him to be in the arena on Selanne night.

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So then Xmas came early for Antti?

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That's a cool story, but but I thought that NO PLAYER WOULD EVER WANT TO PLAY IN WINNIPEG!

Even if he's in the pressbox it will be extremely cool for him to be in the arena on Selanne night.
Well, we know that some didn't want to play in Phoenix

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Five bucks says Mitts and Selanne drop the gloves off the opening faceoff.

You heard it here first

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I was an exchange student in Finland during Selanne's rookie year. Had a Selanne jersey sent over for Xmas. It was pretty awesome. Quite a few Jets games were televised on national TV there. Selanne mania. I just had to say I was from Winnipeg and I was da man.

I played a lot of shinny over there on the outdoor bandy rinks. haha. Made a lot of kids' winter to be playing with a Canadian from Winnipeg who wore a Selanne jersey.

The Finns always thought it was funny how we anglos pronounce his name to sound like salami. They would laugh about it, but there was a bit of wtf Canada - say it right. It's Say/lan/nay. Emphasis on first syllable! Say both Ns. And both Es in Tayaymu. haha

So pumped to see him back and glad we picked up a good Finnish vet.

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The Finns always thought it was funny how we anglos pronounce his name to sound like salami. They would laugh about it, but there was a bit of wtf Canada - say it right. It's Say/lan/nay. Emphasis on first syllable! Say both Ns. And both Es in Tayaymu. haha
Given all the Europeans in the NHL, I always find it interesting to hear the pretty people on TV (some only pretty voices) pronounce the European names. I always thought his first name was pronounced TAY-moo, but every single TSN/CBC employee seems to thing it's TEA-moo. At least get the vowel right, right?

I once attended a Thrashers game with a Russian professor who almost choked on his beer when he hear Slava Kozlov's name announced over the PA.

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Problem is, the players don't really help their cause.

For instance: Toni Lydman. He let people call him Lid-man for years and then all of the sudden was Lude-man. I also think the PA announcers and PBP guys should take the time to get the pronounciation.

I am still sure that the proper way to say Pavelec's name is

Pav-el-ets, but for some reason people call him Pav-leck, or Pavel-eck.

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Pav-el-ets, but for some reason people call him Pav-leck, or Pavel-eck.
My earliest memory involving Teemu was his rookie year, when my sister was telling me alllll about him, haha, and relating her stories of him. I specifically remember her lecturing me -- "It's pronounced TAY-moo." Thanks to her I still pronounce it like that and people think it's wrong, but it's not.

As for Pavelec, I remember we had that discussion on the board because apparently at one point he accepted "Pav-a-leck." I think there's a "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" thing there, because in this video from a Czech talk show it's clearly Pav-a-lets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FutrSaDEYN0

I suspect a lot of European players just go with whatever is easiest or most natural for English-speaking fans / media to say, because... why not.

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