2014 U18 WJC Preview: Host Finland looking to improve on 2013 bronze finish
Finland, the host team for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, finished fifth in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer despite winning three of the four games it played. With a number of key additions — particularly on defense — the U18 team competing in Imatra and Laapenranta should be stronger than the team that skated in Piestany, Slovakia.
The top addition will be left wing Kasperi Kapanen. The son of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen and the third generation of his family to play in the SM-Liiga, Kapanen was with Finland's U20 team in Lake Placid last summer and was slated to play for the gold medal-winning squad in January before suffering a shoulder injury.… read more