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14 NHL Players Highlight Finland's Roster

From Wire Services
Tuesday, January 13, 1998




HELSINKI — Finland has named 14 NHL players, led by Anaheim Mighty Ducks' top scorer, Teemu Selanne, to its ice hockey squad for the Olympics in Nagano.

"It will be the toughest ice hockey tournament of all times," head coach Hannu Aravirta said. "Looking at the names, our team is the best Finnish side ever on ice. Our official target is to win a medal. This is realistic."

Canada, Russia, the Czech Republic, the United States, Sweden and Finland are favorites for medals at Nagano.

"We will play good ice hockey. This team has skill, strength and the special situation ability needed," Aravirta said.

Finnish women are among the favorites for gold at Nagano, where women's ice hockey makes its debut.

No.Name Ht. Wt. Birthplace NHL Team
Coach
--Hannu Aravirta -- -- Helsinki --
Goaltenders (3)
--Jarmo Myllys 5-9 165 Savonlinna --
31Ari Sulander 6-1 187 Helsinki --
--Jukka Tammi -- -- Tampere --
Right Wings (3)
17Jarri Kurri 6-1 195 Helsinki Colorado
8 Teemu Selanne 6-0 200 Helsinki Anaheim
--Antti Tormanen 6-1 198 Espoo --
Left Wings (5)
24Sami Kapanen 5-10 169 Helsinki Carolina
11 Juha Lind 5-11 185 Helsinki Dallas
-- Ville Peltonen 5-11 172 Vantaa --
-- Kimmo Rintanen 5-11 193 Rauma --
97 Esa Tikkanen 6-1 200 Helsinki Florida
Centers (4)
--Raimo Helminen 6-0 191 Tampere --
11 Saku Koivu 5-9 165 Turku Montreal
-- Mika Nieminen 6-1 207 Tampere --
36Juha Ylonen 6-0 185 Helsinki Phoenix
Defensemen (7)
5Aki Berg 6-3 202 Turku Los Angeles
42Tuomas Gronman 6-3 215 Viitasaari Pittsburgh
27Janne Laukkanen 6-0 180 Lahti Ottawa
21Jyrki Lumme 6-1 205 Tampere Vancouver
44 Janne Niinimaa 6-1 198 Raahe Philadelphia
27Teppo Numminen 6-1 190 Tampere Phoenix
4Kimmo Timonen 5-10 178 Kuopio --

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