Finland men's national under-18 ice hockey team

The Finland men's national under-18 ice hockey team is the men's national under-18 ice hockey team of Finland. The team is controlled by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. The team represents Finland at the IIHF World U18 Championships.

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Pikkuleijonat (The little Lions)
AssociationSuomen jääkiekkoliitto
Head coachFinland Jussi Ahokas
Team colors         
Finland national hockey team jerseys 2014.png
First international
 Sweden 8–1 Finland 
(Bremerhaven, West Germany; 1 April 1977)
Biggest win
 Finland 28–0 Italy 
(Tychy, Poland; 1 April 1979)
Biggest defeat
 Soviet Union 14–2 Finland 
(Bremerhaven, West Germany; 2 April 1977)
IIHF World U18 Championship
Appearances19 (first in 1999)
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: 1999, 2000, 2016, 2018
Medal record
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Germany
Gold medal – first place 2000 Switzerland
Gold medal – first place 2016 USA
Gold medal – first place 2018 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2006 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2015 Switzerland
Silver medal – second place 2017 Slovakia
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2009 USA
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Belarus
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Russia
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2007 Czech Republic/Slovakia
Silver medal – second place 2012 Czech Republic/Slovakia
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Czech Republic/Slovakia
IIHF European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1986 Czechoslovakia
Gold medal – first place 1995 Germany
Gold medal – first place 1997 Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 1967 Soviet union
Silver medal – second place 1979 Poland
Silver medal – second place 1983 Norway
Silver medal – second place 1996 Russia
Silver medal – second place 1998 Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Soviet Union
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Czechoslovakia
Medal record
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold medal – first place 1990 Canada
Silver medal – second place 1995 Canada
Silver medal – second place 2018 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Canada
European Youth Olympic Winter Festival
Gold medal – first place 2013 Romania Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Spain Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Czech Republic Team
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Slovenia Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Poland Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Austria\Liechtenstein Team
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Team

IIHF U18 World Championship rosterEdit

Roster for the 2017 World Junior Championships:[1]

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen   HPK Hämeenlinna
GK 30 Lassi Lehtinen   Rauman Lukko
GK 31 Oskar Autio   Espoo Blues
D 2 Toni Utunen   Tappara Tampere
D 4 Aleksi Anttalainen   TPS Turku
D 5 Eero Teräväinen   Lincoln Stars
D 6 Bernard Isiguzo   Espoo Blues
D 7 Urho Vaakanainen   JYP Jyväskylä
D 21 Otto Latvala   HPK Hämeenlinna
D 27 Eemeli Räsänen   Kingston Frontenacs
D 33 Miro Heiskanen   HIFK Helsinki
F 9 Santeri Aalto   Tappara Tampere
F 10 Kristian Vesalainen   Frölunda HC
F 13 Joni Ikonen "A"   Frölunda HC
F 18 Teemu Engberg   HIFK Helsinki
F 19 Jesperi Kotkaniemi   Porin Ässät
F 20 Linus Nyman   Kingston Frontenacs
F 22 Santeri Virtanen   TPS Turku
F 25 Aarne Talvitie "C"   Espoo Blues
F 29 Jesse Ylönen   Espoo Blues
F 32 Jesse Koskenkorva "A"   Oulun Kärpät
F 34 Rasmus Kupari   Oulun Kärpät
F 36 Olli Maansaari   HPK Hämeenlinna

International competitionsEdit

IIHF European U18 / U19 ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament Rank
  1967 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR  
  1968 Tampere 4th
  1969 Garmisch-Partenkirchen / Bavaria 4th
  1970 Geneva 4th
  1971 Prešov, Slovak SR 4th
  1972 Boden / Luleå / Skellefteå 4th
  1973 Leningrad, Russian SFSR 4th
  1974 Herisau / Appenzell / Ausserrhoden  
  1975 Grenoble 4th
  1976 Koprivnice / Opava, Czech SR  
  1977 Bremerhaven / Bremen 4th
  1978 Vantaa  
  1979 Tychy / Katowice  
  1980 Brno / Hradec Králové, Czech SR 4th
  1981 Minsk, Belorussian SSR 4th
  1982 Ängelholm / Tyringe 4th
  1983 Oslo  
  1984 Rosenheim / Garmisch-Partenkirchen / Füssen / Bad Tölz / Bavaria 4th
  1985 Anglet 5th
  1986 Düsseldorf / Ratingen / Krefeld / North Rhine-Westphalia  
  1987 Tampere / Kouvola / Hämeenlinna 4th
  1988 Frýdek-Místek / Vsetín / Olomouc / Prerov, Czech SR  
  1989 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR  
  1990 Örnsköldsvik / Sollefteå 4th
  1991 Spišská Nová Ves / Prešov, Slovak SR  
  1992 Lillehammer / Hamar 4th
  1993 Nowy Targ / Oswiecim 4th
  1994 Jyväskylä 4th
  1995 Berlin  
  1996 Ufa  
  1997 Znojmo / Trebic  
  1998 Malung / Mora  

IIHF World U18 ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament Rank
  1999 Füssen / Kaufbeuren  
  2000 Kloten / Weinfelden  
  2001 Heinola / Helsinki / Lahti  
  2002 Piešťany / Trnava 4th
  2003 Yaroslavl 7th
  2004 Minsk 7th
  2005 České Budějovice / Plzeň 7th
  2006 Ängelholm / Halmstad  
  2007 Tampere / Rauma 7th
  2008 Kazan 6th
  2009 Fargo  
  2010 Minsk / Babruysk  
  2011 Crimmitschau / Dresden 5th
  2012 Brno / Znojmo / Břeclav 4th
  2013 Sochi  
  2014 Lappeenranta / Imatra 6th
  2015 Zug / Lucerne  
  2016 Grand Forks  
  2017 Poprad / Spišská Nová Ves  
  2018 Chelyabinsk / Magnitogorsk  
  2019 Örnsköldsvik / Umeå 7th
  2020 Plymouth / Ann Arbor

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