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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 Ari-Pekka Selin
Captain Marko Anttila
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[]

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[]

  • 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[]

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

World Championship Record[]

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[]

  • 1929 - Not ranked

Retired Numbers[]

Actual Roster[]

Position Number Name Born Height Weight Shoots/Catches
G #31 Janne Juvonen October 3, 1994 6ft 1in (185cm) 187lb (85kg) L
G #45 Juho Olkinuora November 4, 1990 6ft 3in (190cm) 201lb (91kg) L
G #29 Harri Säteri December 29, 1989 6ft 1in (186cm) 196lb (89kg) L
D #36 Elmeri Eronen January 27, 1995 5ft 9in (176cm) 192lb (87kg) R
D #3 Niklas Friman August 30, 1993 6ft 2in (189cm) 194lb (88kg) L
D #7 Oliwer Kaski September 4, 1995 6ft 3in (190cm) 196lb (89kg) R
D #4 Tommi Kivistö June 7, 1991 6ft 1in (186cm) 209lb (95kg) L
D #40 Petteri Lindbohm September 23, 1993 6ft 3in (190cm) 209lb (95kg) L
D #39 Kim Kousiainen November 14, 2000 5ft 9in (175cm) 179lb (81kg) L
D #55 Atte Ohtamaa November 6, 1987 6ft 2in (188cm) 203lb (92kg) L
D #51 Jarkko Parikka September 6, 1997 6ft 0in (182cm) 187lb (85kg) L
D #2 Ville Pokka June 3, 1994 6ft 0in (183cm) 198lb (90kg) R
D #61 Axel Rindell April 23, 2000 6ft 0in (182cm) 176lb (80kg) R
D #50 Mikael Seppälä March 8, 1994 6ft 2in (188cm) 201lb (91kg) L
D #6 Tony Sund August 4, 1995 6ft 3in (191cm) 183lb (83kg) L
F #12 Marko Anttila May 27, 1985 6ft 8in (203cm) 229lb (104kg) R
F #24 Hannes Björninen October 19, 1995 6ft 1in (185cm) 190lb (86kg) L
F #33 Markus Hännikäinen March 26, 1993 6ft 1in (186cm) 201lb (91kg) L
F #41 Jere Innala March 17, 1998 5ft 9in (174cm) 172lb (78kg) L
F #25 Jere Karjalainen May 23, 1992 5ft 9in (175cm) 176lb (80kg) R
F #27 Petri Kontiola October 4, 1984 6ft 0in (182cm) 198lb (90kg) R
F #15 Anton Lundell October 3, 2001 6ft 1in (185cm) 190lb (86kg) L
F #80 Saku Mäenalanen May 29, 1994 6ft 4in (192cm) 207lb (94kg) L
F #20 Niko Ojamäki June 17, 1995 5ft 11in (181cm) 185lb (84kg) R
F #81 Iiro Pakarinen August 25, 1991 6ft 1in (185cm) 209lb (95kg) R
F #48 Valtteri Puustinen June 4, 1999 5ft 9in (176cm) 183lb (83kg) R
F #13 Mikael Ruohomaa November 17, 1988 6ft 0in (184cm) 194lb (88kg) L
F #76 Jere Sallinen October 26, 1990 6ft 2in (187cm) 201lb (91kg) L
F #19 Veli-Matti Savinainen January 5, 1986 6ft 0in (182cm) 181lb (82kg) L
F #10 Eemeli Suomi December 4, 1995 5ft 10in (177cm) 183lb (83kg) L
F #47 Peter Tiivola September 5, 1993 6ft 4in (192cm) 203lb (92kg) L
F #38 Teemu Turunen November 24, 1995 5ft 10in (179cm) 185lb (84kg) L

Team Staff[]

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 Ari-Pekka Selin May 17, 1963
Video coach Janne Hietaniemi January 16, 1988
Goalie coach Kari Lehtonen June 13, 1966
Doctor Matti Lehtovirta March 22, 1965
Physiotherapist Tero Tolvanen February 22, 1972
Masseur Juha Sulin October 31, 1961
Head equipment manager Riku Koivunen March 21, 1976
Equipment manager Antti Muurila October 27, 1982
Media Petteri Hietanen September 3, 1985

Notable players[]

List of head coaches[]