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Finland women's national ice hockey team

The Finnish women's national ice hockey team represents Finland at the International Ice Hockey Federation's IIHF World Women's Championships. The women's national team is controlled by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Finland has 5,950 female players in 2016.[2]

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Naisleijonat (Lady Lions)
AssociationFinnish Ice Hockey Association
Head coachPasi Mustonen
AssistantsKari Eloranta
Juuso Toivola
CaptainJenni Hiirikoski
Most gamesKaroliina Rantamäki (256)
Most pointsRiikka Nieminen (204)
IIHF codeFIN
Finland national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.pngFinland national hockey team jerseys 2014.png
Ranking
Current IIHF3 Steady (14 April 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF3 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF4 (first in 2006)
First international
Finland  6–0  Norway
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 26 December 1988)
Biggest win
Finland  34–0  Czechoslovakia
(Düsseldorf, West Germany; 4 April 1989)
Biggest defeat
Canada  15–0  Finland
(St. John's, Canada; 12 November 2010)
World Championships
Appearances19 (first in 1990)
Best resultSilver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: (2019)
European Championships
Appearances5 (first in 1989)
Best resultGold medal europe.svg Gold: (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995)
Olympics
Appearances6 (first in 1998)
MedalsBronze medal.svg Bronze (1998, 2010, 2018)
International record (W–L–T)
198–169–12
Finland women's national ice hockey team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver Team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Pyeongchang Team
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2019 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1994 United States
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 2008 China
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 2017 United States
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1989 West Germany
Gold medal – first place 1991 Czechoslovakia
Gold medal – first place 1993 Denmark
Gold medal – first place 1995 Latvia
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Russia
Finnish national women's ice hockey team at the Women's Air Canada Cup 2008 in Ravensburg, Germany.

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HistoryEdit

Finland has finished third or fourth in almost every World Championships and Olympics, with one exception being a 5th place finish at the 2014 Winter Olympics. They are ranked behind Canada (#1) and the USA (#2). Finland's main rival is Sweden, which finished second to Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Finland finished fourth, losing the game for the bronze medal to the USA. Finland defeated the USA for the first time, in the 2008 World Championship in China, 2–1 after overtime. Finland defeated Canada 4–3 for the first time at the 2017 World Championship in the United States. However, they lost the semi-final against Canada in the same tournament, so the Finns were relegated to the bronze medal game. At the 2019 edition, Finland reached the Gold Medal Game for the first time in tournament history after beating Canada 4-2 in the semi-final.

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Games Finish
  1998 Nagano   Bronze
  2002 Salt Lake City 4th
  2006 Turin 4th
  2010 Vancouver   Bronze
  2014 Sochi 5th
  2018 Pyeongchang   Bronze
  2022 Beijing To be determined

World ChampionshipsEdit

Year Location Result
  1990 Ottawa   Bronze
  1992 Tampere   Bronze
  1994 Lake Placid   Bronze
  1997 Ontario   Bronze
  1999 Espoo   Bronze
  2000 Ontario   Bronze
  2001 Minnesota 4th
  2004 Halifax and Dartmouth   Bronze
  2005 Linköping and Norrköping 4th
  2007 Winnipeg and Selkirk 4th
  2008 Harbin   Bronze
  2009 Hämeenlinna   Bronze
  2011 Zurich   Bronze
  2012 Burlington 4th
  2013 Ottawa 4th
  2015 Malmö   Bronze
  2016 Kamloops 4th
  2017 Plymouth   Bronze
  2019 Espoo   Silver
  2020 Halifax and Truro

European ChampionshipEdit

Year Location Result
  1989 Füssen, Landsberg and Kaufbeuren   Gold
  1992 Frydek-Mistek, Havirov   Gold
  1994 Esbjerg   Gold
  1997 Riga   Gold
  1999 Yaroslavl   Bronze

3/4 Nations CupEdit

  • 1995 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 1996 – Won Bronze Medal  
  • 1997 – Won Bronze Medal  
  • 1998 – Won Bronze Medal  
  • 1999 – Won Bronze Medal  
  • 2000 – Won Bronze Medal   (4 nations Cup)
  • 2001 – Won Silver Medal  
  • 2002 – Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2003 – Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2004 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2005 – Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2007Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2008 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2009 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2010Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2011 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2012 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2013Won Silver Medal   (4 nations Cup)
  • 2014 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2015Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2016Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2017Won Bronze Medal   (4 Nations Cup)

Women's Nations CupEdit

Formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, the MLP Nations Cup and the Meco Cup.

  • 2003Won Bronze Medal   (Air Canada Cup)
  • 2004 – Finished in 4th place (Air Canada Cup)
  • 2005Won Silver Medal   (Air Canada Cup)
  • 2006Won Silver Medal   (Air Canada Cup)
  • 2007 – Finished in 6th place (Air Canada Cup)
  • 2008Won Silver Medal   (Air Canada Cup)
  • 2009 – Finished in 5th place ( MLP Nations Cup)
  • 2010 – Finished in 5th place ( MLP Nations Cup)
  • 2011 – Finished in 6th place ( MLP Nations Cup)
  • 2012Won Silver Medal   (Meco Cup)
  • 2013Won Bronze Medal   (Meco Cup)
  • 2014Won Gold Medal   (Meco Cup)
  • 2015Won Bronze Medal   (Meco Cup)
  • 2016Won Silver Medal   (Women's Nations Cup)
  • 2017Won Gold Medal   (Women's Nations Cup)
  • 2018Won Bronze Medal   (Women's Nations Cup)

Canada CupEdit

  • 2009 Canada Cup – Won Bronze Medal

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship.[3][4]

Head Coach: Pasi Mustonen

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Eveliina Suonpää 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 24)   Linköpings HC
2 D Isa Rahunen 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 67 kg (148 lb) (1993-04-16) 16 April 1993 (age 26)   Oulun Kärpät
4 D Rosa Lindstedt 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 31)   HV71
6 D Jenni HiirikoskiC 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 32)   Luleå HF
7 D Nelli Laitinen 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (2002-04-29) 29 April 2002 (age 17)   Espoo Blues
8 D Ella Viitasuo 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 67 kg (148 lb) (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 23)   Espoo Blues
9 F Venla Hovi 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 67 kg (148 lb) (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 31)   Calgary Inferno
10 F Linda Välimäki 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 69 kg (152 lb) (1990-05-31) 31 May 1990 (age 29)   Ilves
11 F Annina Rajahuhta 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 30)   Espoo Blues
12 F Elisa Holopainen 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 55 kg (121 lb) (2001-12-27) 27 December 2001 (age 17)   KalPa
13 F Riikka VäliläA 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 60 kg (130 lb) (1973-06-12) 12 June 1973 (age 46)   HV71
15 D Minttu Tuominen 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 71 kg (157 lb) (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 29)   Espoo Blues
19 F Petra Nieminen 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 20)   Luleå HF
22 F Emma Nuutinen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 73 kg (161 lb) (1996-12-07) 7 December 1996 (age 22)   Mercyhurst Univ.
23 F Sanni Hakala 1.54 m (5 ft 1 in) 55 kg (121 lb) (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 21)   HV71
24 F Noora Tulus 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 23)   Luleå HF
25 F Viivi Vainikka 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (2001-12-23) 23 December 2001 (age 17)   Team Kuortane
31 G Jenna Silvonen 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 63 kg (139 lb) (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 20)   Espoo Blues
33 F Michelle KarvinenA 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) 69 kg (152 lb) (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 29)   Luleå HF
41 G Noora Räty 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 30)   Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays
61 F Tanja Niskanen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 (age 26)   KalPa
77 F Susanna Tapani 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 26)   Linköpings HC
88 D Ronja Savolainen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 21)   Luleå HF

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Kirsi Hanninen, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship[5]
  • Jenni Hiirikoski, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships[6]
  • Noora Räty, Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[7]
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Women's World Ranking". IIHF. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  2. ^ Profile
  3. ^ "Naisleijonien MM-joukkue yhtä vaille valmis – Kisojen alkuun kymmenen päivää". leijonat.fi. 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship roster
  5. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.542, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  6. ^ Awards
  7. ^ a b Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p. 546, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6.

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