Finland
Nickname(s) Leijonat / Lejonen (The Lions)
Association Finnish Ice Hockey Association
GM Flag of Finland Jere Lehtinen
Head coach Flag of Finland Jukka Jalonen
Assistants Flag of Finland Mikko Manner
Flag of Finland Raimo Helminen
Captain Jere Sallinen
Most games Raimo Helminen (170)
Top scorer Saku Koivu (36)
Most points Raimo Helminen, Saku Koivu (106)
IIHF code FIN
IIHF ranking 3
Highest IIHF ranking 2 (2012-2014)
Lowest IIHF ranking 7 (2005)
Team colours          
First international
Flag of Finland.png Finland 1 - 8 Sweden Flag of Sweden.png
(Helsinki, Finland; January 29, 1928)
Biggest win
Flag of Finland.png Finland 20 - 1 Norway Flag of Norway.png
(Hämeenlinna, Finland; March 12, 1947)
Biggest defeat
Canadian Red Ensign.png Canada 24 - 0 Finland Flag of Finland.png
(Oslo, Norway; March 3, 1958)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 64 (first in 1939)
Best result Med 1.png Gold: 3 - 1995, 2011, 2019
Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey
Appearances 7 (first in 1976)
Best result Med 2.png Silver: 1 - 2004
Olympics
Appearances 17 (first in 1952)
Medals Silver medal.png Silver: 2 - 1988, 2006
Bronze medal.png Bronze: 4 - 1994, 1998, 2010, 2014
International record (W-L-T)
664-736-156

The Finnish men's national ice hockey team, (Finnish: Leijonat, Swedish: Lejonen) ("The Lions"), as it is called in Finland is governed by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Finland is considered a member of the "Big Six", along with Canada, Russia, the USA, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. Finland has a total of 64,641 registered players (1.2 % of its population).

In the 2006 Winter Olympics Finland won a silver medal, coming close to winning in the final but succumbing 3–2 to Sweden. Finland's goaltender Antero Niittymäki was named the MVP of the tournament (only 8 goals against in the whole tournament) and Teemu Selänne the best forward of the tournament.

Doug Shedden coached the Finnish national men's ice hockey team in the 2007–08 season. Under Shedden, Finland won bronze. His then-assistant coach Jukka Jalonen succeeded him as the head coach after the tournament.

Olympic Record[edit | edit source]

Olympic medal record
Olympic Games
Silver 1988 Calgary Ice hockey
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Silver 2006 Torino Ice hockey
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Ice hockey
Bronze 2014 Sochi Ice hockey
  • 1920-1948 - Did not participate
  • 1952 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1956 - Did not participate
  • 1960 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1964 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1968 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1972 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1976 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1980 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1984 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1988 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1992 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1994 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 1998 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2002 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2006 - Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2010 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2014 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2018 - Finished in 6th place

Canada Cup Record[edit | edit source]

  • 1976 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1981 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1984 - Did not participate
  • 1987 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1991 - Finished in 3rd place

World Cup of Hockey Record[edit | edit source]

  • 1996 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2004 - Finished in 2nd place
  • 2016 - Finished in 8th place

World Championship Record[edit | edit source]

World Championships medal record
World Championship
Silver 1992 Czechoslovakia Finland
Silver 1994 Italy Finland
Gold 1995 Sweden Finland
Silver 1998 Switzerland Finland
Silver 1999 Norway Finland
Bronze 2000 Russia Finland
Silver 2001 Germany Finland
Bronze 2006 Latvia Finland
Silver 2007 Russia Finland
Bronze 2008 Canada Finland
Gold 2011 Slovakia Finland
Silver 2014 Belarus Finland
Silver 2016 Russia Finland
Gold 2019 Slovakia Finland
  • 1920-1938 - Did not participate
  • 1939 - Finished in 13th place
  • 1947-1948 - Did not participate
  • 1949 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1950 - Did not participate
  • 1951 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1952 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1953 - Did not participate
  • 1954 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1955 - Finished in 9th place
  • 1956 - Did not participate
  • 1957 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1958 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1959 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1960 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1961 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1962 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1963 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1964 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1965 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1966 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1967 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1968 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1969 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1970 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1971 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1972 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1973 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1974 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1975 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1976 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1977 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1978 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1979 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1981 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1982 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1983 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1985 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1986 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1987 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1989 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1990 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1991 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1992 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1993 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1994 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1995 - 11 Gold
  • 1996 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1997 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1998 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 1999 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2000 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2001 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2002 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2003 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2004 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2005 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2006 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2007 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2008 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2009 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2010 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2011 - 11 Gold
  • 2012 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2013 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2014 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2015 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2016 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2017 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2018 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2019 - 11 Gold
  • 2020 - canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

European Championship Record[edit | edit source]

  • 1929 - Not ranked

Retired Numbers[edit | edit source]

Actual Roster[edit | edit source]

Position Number Name Born Height Weight Shoots/Catches
G #30 Lassi Lehtinen February 25, 1999 6ft 0in (183cm) 176lb (80kg) L
G #35 Frans Tuohimaa August 19, 1991 6ft 2in (188cm) 192lb (87kg) L
D #2 Robin Salo October 13, 1998 6ft 1in (185cm) 187lb (85kg) L
D #4 Oskari Manninen April 22, 1991 5ft 11in (181cm) 187lb (85kg) L
D #6 Julius Honka December 3, 1995 5ft 11in (180cm) 185lb (84kg) R
D #33 Veli-Matti Vittasmäki July 3, 1990 6ft 1in (186cm) 205lb (93kg) L
D #36 Elmeri Eronen January 27, 1995 5ft 9in (176cm) 174lb (79kg) R
D #41 Petteri Nikkilä July 27, 1992 5ft 10in (179cm) 183lb (83kg) L
D #42 Ilari Melart February 11, 1989 6ft 3in (190cm) 214lb (97kg) L
D #50 Mikael Seppälä March 8, 1994 6ft 2in (188cm) 201lb (91kg) L
D #51 Jarkko Parikka September 6, 1997 6ft 0in (182cm) 187lb (85kg) L
D #55 Miika Koivisto July 20, 1990 6ft 0in (184cm) 194lb (88kg) L
F #3 Teemu Pulkkinen January 2, 1992 5ft 11in (180cm) 185lb (84kg) R
F #12 Jori Lehterä December 23, 1987 6ft 2in (189cm) 212lb (96kg) L
F #13 Julius Junttila August 15, 1991 5ft 10in (179cm) 179lb (81kg) L
F #20 Aleksi Mustonen March 28, 1995 5ft 9in (175cm) 165lb (75kg) L
F #21 Juhani Tyrväinen September 11, 1990 5ft 11in (181cm) 192lb (87kg) L
F #22 Arttu Ruotsalainen October 29, 1997 5ft 8in (173cm) 181lb (82kg) L
F #24 Jani Lajunen June 16, 1990 6ft 2in (189cm) 203lb (92kg) L
F #25 Jere Karjalainen May 23, 1992 5ft 9in (175cm) 176lb (80kg) R
F #27 Matias Maccelli October 14, 2000 5ft 11in (180cm) 165lb (75kg) L
F #28 Lauri Pajuniemi September 12, 1999 6ft 0in (182cm) 183lb (83kg) R
F #34 Julius Nättinen January 14, 1997 6ft 2in (188cm) 205lb (93kg) L
F #38 Jere Innala March 17, 1998 5ft 9in (174cm) 172lb (78kg) L
F #40 Joel Mustonen September 18, 1992 5ft 10in (179cm) 176lb (80kg) L
F #75 Arttu Ilomäki June 12, 1991 6ft 0in (182cm) 194lb (88kg) R
F #76 Jere Sallinen October 26, 1990 6ft 2in (187cm) 201lb (91kg) L

Team Staff[edit | edit source]

Role Name Born
GM Jere Lehtinen June 24, 1973
Team manager Mika Kortelainen May 3, 1967
Head coach Jukka Jalonen November 2, 1962
Coach Mikko Manner July 19, 1974
Coach Raimo Helminen March 11, 1964
Video coach Janne Hietaniemi January 16, 1988
Goaltending coach Kari Lehtonen June 13, 1966
Doctor Matti Lehtovirta March 22, 1965
Physiotherapist Tero Tolvanen February 22, 1972
Masseur Juha Sulin October 31, 1961
Equipment manager Riku Koivunen March 21, 1976
Assistent equipment manager Aki Berg July 28, 1977
Media manager Petteri Hietanen September 3, 1985

Notable players[edit | edit source]

List of head coaches[edit | edit source]

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