There was 3 current WHLer's, 5 current or former WHL'ers on Team Finland(6 if you count Swift Current Bronco property Joni Orto.) I do not think he will ever suit up for the Broncos but you never know.
Only 2 current WHL players actually played though . Toni Rajala & Jyri Niemi.
This game was a close game all the way through. The Russians are a good team,this game was up there with the USA VS Sweden game and both were good games!!!!!! Both teams traded goals many times throughout the game. It is too bad that there are few if any Russian players in the WHL....they are good players and would make the WHL a better league,and I am not saying that it is not a great league already but adding Russians to the rest of the import mix would be neat to see.
Ok time for a Blades spotlight in this game.... Jyri Niemi (who is the captain of team Finland) was able to unload his cannon of a shot (maybe not at full speed) but it did beat the Russian goalie.
The Finns were able to beat the Russians and claim 5th place but they went to war to do it. The final score was 4-3.
Here are pictures:
I know the picture on the right is not Finland/Russia related but so cool to see!!!!!!
On the final day of the 2010 world junior tournement Canada will play USA for Gold and Switzerland will play Sweden for Bronze.
This tournament was a great success in my veiw. I loved every second of it!!!!!!