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 Antti Pennanen
AssistantsFinland Tuomo Ruutu
Finland Antti Miettinen
Finland Ville Mäntymaa
CaptainAnton Lundell
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
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Canada Finland

WJC 2021 rosterEdit

Roster for the 2021 World Junior Championships:[1]

Pos. No. Player Team NHL rights
GK 1 Kari Piiroinen   TUTO Hockey Turku
GK 30 Joel Blomqvist   Kokkolan Hermes Pittsburgh Penguins
GK 31 Roope Taponen   Kiekko-Espoo
D 2 Santeri Hatakka "A"   Tampereen Ilves San Jose Sharks
D 3 Ruben Rafkin   TPS Turku
D 4 Ville Heinola   Rauman Lukko Winnipeg Jets
D 6 Eemil Viro   TPS Turku Detroit Red Wings
D 7 Topi Niemelä   Oulun Kärpät Toronto Maple Leafs
D 10 Kasper Puutio   Oulun Kärpät Florida Panthers
D 12 Matias Rajaniemi   Pelicans Lahti New York Islanders
D 35 Mikko Kokkonen "A"   Mikkelin Jukurit Toronto Maple Leafs
F 13 Roby Järventie   Tampereen Ilves Ottawa Senators
F 15 Anton Lundell "C"   HIFK Helsinki Florida Panthers
F 19 Petteri Puhakka   Tappara Tampere
F 20 Samuel Helenius   JYP Jyväskylä
F 21 Mikael Pyyhtiä   TPS Turku Columbus Blue Jackets
F 22 Roni Hirvonen   Porin Ässät Toronto Maple Leafs
F 23 Mikko Petman   Rauman Lukko
F 27 Juuso Pärssinen   TPS Turku Nashville Predators
F 28 Henri Nikkanen   Mikkelin Jukurit Winnipeg Jets
F 29 Kasper Simontaival   TUTO Hockey Turku Los Angeles Kings
F 32 Matias Mäntykivi   SaiPa Lappeenranta Boston Bruins
F 33 Brad Lambert   JYP Jyväskylä
F 34 Aku Räty   Oulun Kärpät Arizona Coyotes
F 36 Benjamin Korhonen   KalPa Kuopio

World Junior Championship recordEdit

Year GP W L T GF GA Pts Rank
  1974 Leningrad 5 3 2 0 21 23 6   Silver
  /   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   Silver
  1981 Füssen and Landsberg 5 3 1 1 29 18 7   Silver
  /   1982 Minnesota / Manitoba and Ontario 7 5 2 0 47 29 10   Bronze
  1983 Leningrad 7 3 4 0 35 29 6 6th
  1984 Norrköping and Nyköping 7 6 1 0 44 21 12   Silver
  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   Gold
  1988 Moscow 7 5 1 1 36 20 11   Bronze
  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   Gold
  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   Silver
  2002 Pardubice and Hradec Králové 7 5 2+ 0 23 9 10   Bronze
  2003 Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia 7 4 2 1 22 15 9   Bronze
  2004 Helsinki and Hämeenlinna 7 5 2 0 26 12 10   Bronze
  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   Bronze
  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   Gold
  2015 Toronto and Montreal 5 1 4^ 0 8 14 4 7th
  2016 Helsinki 7 6* 1 0 35 22 17   Gold
  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   Gold
  2020 Ostrava and Třinec 7 3 4^ 22 18 4 10 4th
  2021 Edmonton 7 5 2 0 26 15 15   Bronze
  2022 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 2020.

External linksEdit