Finland men's national junior ice hockey team

The Finnish men's national under 20 ice hockey team is the national under-20 ice hockey team in Finland. The team represents Finland at the International Ice Hockey Federation's IIHF World U20 Championship.

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Nuoret Leijonat
(The Young Lions)
AssociationFinnish Ice Hockey Association
General ManagerFinland Kimmo Oikarinen
Head coachFinland Jussi Ahokas
AssistantsFinland Tuomo Ruutu
Finland Olli Salo
Finland Jukka Varmanen
CaptainAarne Talvitie
Top scorerEsa Tikkanen (17)
Most pointsEsa Tikkanen (36)
Team colors   
IIHF codeFIN
First international
 Soviet Union 6 – 2 Finland 
(Leningrad, Soviet Union; December 27, 1973)
Biggest win
 Finland 19 – 1 Switzerland  
(Helsinki, Finland; March 27, 1979)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 9 – 2 Finland 
(Gävle, Sweden; January 2, 1993)
 Canada 8 – 1 Finland 
(Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States; December 27, 2004)
 Canada 8 – 1 Finland 
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; December 26, 2011)
IIHF World U20 Championship
Appearances43 (first in 1974)
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1987, 1998, 2014, 2016, 2019)
International record (W–L–T)
161–116–17
Medal record
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold medal – first place 1987 Czechoslovakia Finland
Gold medal – first place 1998 Finland Finland
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sweden Finland
Gold medal – first place 2016 Finland Finland
Gold medal – first place 2019 Canada Finland
Silver medal – second place 1974 Soviet Union Finland
Silver medal – second place 1980 Finland Finland
Silver medal – second place 1981 West Germany Finland
Silver medal – second place 1984 Sweden Finland
Silver medal – second place 2001 Russia Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1982 USA/Canada Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Soviet Union Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Czech Republic Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Canada Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Finland Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Canada Finland

WJC 2019 rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 World Junior Championships:[1]

Pos. No. Player Team NHL rights
GK 1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen   Sudbury Wolves Buffalo Sabres
GK 31 Filip Lindberg   University of Massachusetts Amherst
D 2 Oskari Laaksonen   Tampereen Ilves Buffalo Sabres
D 3 Toni Utunen   Tappara Tampere Vancouver Canucks
D 7 Urho Vaakanainen "A"   Providence Bruins Boston Bruins
D 15 Henri Jokiharju "A"   Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres
D 21 Otto Latvala   LeKi Lempäälä
D 34 Ville Heinola   Rauman Lukko Winnipeg Jets
D 36 Anttoni Honka   JYP Jyväskylä Carolina Hurricanes
F 10 Aleksi Heponiemi   Oulun Kärpät Florida Panthers
F 12 Samuli Vainionpää   Tampereen Ilves
F 13 Valtteri Puustinen   HPK Hämeenlinna Pittsburgh Penguins
F 18 Teemu Engberg   HIFK Helsinki
F 19 Rasmus Kupari   Oulun Kärpät Los Angeles Kings
F 20 Eeli Tolvanen   Milwaukee Admirals Nashville Predators
F 22 Santeri Virtanen   SaiPa Lappeenranta Winnipeg Jets
F 23 Linus Nyman   Rauman Lukko
F 24 Kaapo Kakko   New York Rangers New York Rangers
F 25 Aarne Talvitie "C"   Penn State University New Jersey Devils
F 27 Jesse Ylönen   Pelicans Lahti Montreal Canadiens
F 28 Sami Moilanen   Tappara Tampere
F 29 Anton Lundell   HIFK Helsinki

World Junior Championship recordEdit

Year GP W L T GF GA Pts Rank
  1974 Leningrad 5 3 2 0 21 23 6  
  /   1975 Winnipeg and Brandon / Minneapolis, Bloomington and Fargo 5 1 3 1 10 14 3 5th
  1976 Tampere, Turku, Pori and Rauma 4 1 3 0 12 14 2 4th
  1977 Banská Bystrica and Zvolen 7 4 3 0 35 29 8 4th
  1978 Montreal and Quebec City 6 3 2 1 45 25 7 6th
  1979 Karlstad and Karlskoga 6 2 4 0 20 19 4 4th
  1980 Helsinki and Vantaa 5 4 1 0 29 8 8  
  1981 Füssen and Landsberg 5 3 1 1 29 18 7  
  /   1982 Minnesota / Manitoba and Ontario 7 5 2 0 47 29 10  
  1983 Leningrad 7 3 4 0 35 29 6 6th
  1984 Norrköping and Nyköping 7 6 1 0 44 21 12  
  1985 Turku and Helsinki 7 4 1 2 42 20 9 4th
  1986 Mainly in Hamilton, Ontario 7 3 4 0 31 23 6 6th
  1987 Piešťany, Trenčín, Nitra, and Topoľčany 7 5 1 1 45 23 11  
  1988 Moscow 7 5 1 1 36 20 11  
  1989 Anchorage and Alaska 7 2 4 1 29 37 5 6th
  1990 Held mainly in Helsinki 7 4 2 1 32 21 9 4th
  1991 Held in various communities in Saskatchewan 7 3 3 1 35 30 7 5th
  1992 Füssen and Kaufbeuren 7 3 3 1 22 21 7 4th
  1993 Held mainly in Gävle 7 3 3 1 31 20 7 5th
  1994 Ostrava and Frydek-Mistek 7 4 3 0 27 24 8 4th
  1995 Held mainly in Red Deer, Alberta 7 3 3 1 29 26 7 4th
  1996 Massachusetts 6 2 4 0 23 24 4 6th
  1997 Geneva and Morges 6 4 2 0 26 18 8 5th
  1998 Helsinki and Hämeenlinna 7 6 0 1 35 13 13  
  1999 Winnipeg, and five other communities in Manitoba 6 3 3 0 25 20 6 5th
  2000 Skellefteå and Umeå 7 2 4 1 20 19 5 7th
  2001 Moscow and Podolsk 7 5 1 1 22 10 11  
  2002 Pardubice and Hradec Králové 7 5 2+ 0 23 9 10  
  2003 Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia 7 4 2 1 22 15 9  
  2004 Helsinki and Hämeenlinna 7 5 2 0 26 12 10  
  2005 Grand Forks and Thief River Falls 6 3* 3 0 14 21 6 5th
  2006 Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops 7 4* 3 0 24 19 8  
  2007 Mora and Leksand 6 2 4 0 18 23 6 6th
  2008 Pardubice and Liberec 6 2† 4 0 19 24 5 6th
  2009 Ottawa 6 3 3^ 0 20 14 10 7th
  2010 Saskatchewan 6 3 3 0 21 22 9 5th
  2011 Buffalo / Western New York 6 3 3+ 0 22 11 12 6th
  2012 Calgary and Edmonton 7 5 2+ 0 29 22 13 4th
  2013 Ufa 6 4† 2 0 34 19 11 7th
  2014 Malmö 7 5* 2^ 0 27 17 15  
  2015 Toronto and Montreal 5 1 4^ 0 8 14 4 7th
  2016 Helsinki 7 6* 1 0 35 22 17  
  2017 Montreal and Toronto 6 3 3 0 12 10 9 9th
  2018 Buffalo 5 2 3+ 0 18 16 7 6th
  2019 Vancouver and Victoria 7 5* 2 0 23 11 14  
  2020 Ostrava and Třinec 7 3 4^ 22 18 4 10 4th
  2021 Edmonton and Red Deer

† Includes one win in extra time (in the preliminary round)
^ Includes one loss in extra time (in the preliminary round)
* Includes one win in extra time (in the playoff round)
+ Includes one loss in extra time (in the playoff round)

Head coaches (WJC)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Finland Roster". IIHF. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

External linksEdit