Finland women's national ice hockey team

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Finland
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Nickname(s) Naisleijonat (Lady Lions)
Association Finnish Ice Hockey Association
Head coach Pasi Mustonen
Assistants Tommi Parmakoski
Juuso Toivola
Captain Jenni Hiirikoski
Most games Karoliina Rantamäki (256)
Most points Riikka Nieminen (204)
IIHF code FIN
IIHF ranking 4 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 3 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF ranking 4 (first in 2006)
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Home colours
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First international
 Finland 6–0 Norway 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; December 26, 1988)
Biggest win
 Finland 34–0 Czechoslovakia 
(Düsseldorf, West Germany; April 4, 1989)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 15–0 Finland 
(St. John's, Canada; November 12, 2010)
IIHF World Women's Championships
Appearances 16 (first in 1990)
Best result 3rd (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015)
IIHF European Women Championships
Appearances 5 (first in 1989)
Best result 1st (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995)
Olympics
Appearances 4 (first in 1998)
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze (1998, 2010)
International record (W–L–T)
196–165–12
Finland women's national ice hockey team
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Team
IIHF World Women's Championships
Bronze 1990 Canada Team
Bronze 1992 Finland Team
Bronze 1994 United States Team
Bronze 1997 Canada Team
Bronze 1999 Finland Team
Bronze 2000 Canada Team
Bronze 2004 Canada Team
Bronze 2008 China Team
Bronze 2009 Finland Team
Bronze 2011 Switzerland Team
Bronze 2015 Sweden 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 4,694 female players in 2011.[1]

Finnish national women's ice hockey team at the Women's Air Canada Cup 2008 in Ravensburg, Germany.

History[edit]

Finland has finished third or fourth in every World Championships and Olympics. They are ranked behind the 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. The current head coach is Pekka Hämäläinen (after Hannu Saintula)

Tournament reocrd[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

  • 1998Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2002 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2010Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2014 – Finished in 5th place

World Championship[edit]

  • 1990Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1992Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1994Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1997Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1999Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2000Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2001 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2004Won Bronze MedalBronze medal icon.svg
  • 2005 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2008Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2009Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2011Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2012 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2013 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2015Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg

European Championship[edit]

  • 1989 – Won Gold Medal Gold medal icon.svg
  • 1991 – Won Gold Medal Gold medal icon.svg
  • 1993 – Won Gold Medal Gold medal icon.svg
  • 1995 – Won Gold Medal Gold medal icon.svg
  • 1996 – Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg

3/4 Nations Cup[edit]

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

Canada Cup[edit]

  • 2009 Canada Cup – Won Bronze Medal

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship.[2]

Head coach: Pasi Mustonen

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Eveliina Suonpää 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 700165000000000000065 kg (143 lb) (1995-04-12) April 12, 1995 (age 20) United States Univ. of Minnesota Duluth
2 D Eve Savander 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 700167000000000000067 kg (148 lb) (1998-09-02) September 2, 1998 (age 16) Finland Team Kuortane
4 D Rosa Lindstedt 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700179000000000000079 kg (174 lb) (1988-01-24) January 24, 1988 (age 27) Finland JYP Jyväskylä
5 D Anna Kilponen 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 700174000000000000074 kg (163 lb) (1995-05-16) May 16, 1995 (age 19) Finland Ilves
6 D Jenni HiirikoskiC 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 700160000000000000060 kg (130 lb) (1987-03-30) March 30, 1987 (age 28) Finland JYP Jyväskylä
7 D Mira Jalosuo 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 26) Russia Nizhni Novgorod
8 D Ronja Savolainen 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 700157000000000000057 kg (126 lb) (1997-11-29) November 29, 1997 (age 17) Finland Espoo Blues
9 F Jennica Haikarainen 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 700175000000000000075 kg (165 lb) (1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 25) Sweden Modo Hockey
10 F Linda Välimäki 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 700170000000000000070 kg (150 lb) (1990-05-31) May 31, 1990 (age 24) Finland Espoo Blues
13 F Riikka NieminenA 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 700160000000000000060 kg (130 lb) (1973-06-12) June 12, 1973 (age 41) Finland JYP Jyväskylä
14 F Niina Mäkinen 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 700160000000000000060 kg (130 lb) (1992-04-18) April 18, 1992 (age 23) Finland Oulun Kärpät
15 D Minttu Tuominen 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 700174000000000000074 kg (163 lb) (1990-01-26) January 26, 1990 (age 25) Finland Espoo Blues
16 F Vilma Tanskanen 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 700168000000000000068 kg (150 lb) (1995-04-14) April 14, 1995 (age 20) Finland Espoo Blues
18 G Meeri Räisänen 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 700167000000000000067 kg (148 lb) (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989 (age 25) Russia Nizhni Novgorod
20 F Sari Kärnä 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 700159000000000000059 kg (130 lb) (1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 27) Finland Ilves
21 F Michelle KarvinenA 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 700169000000000000069 kg (152 lb) (1990-03-27) March 27, 1990 (age 25) Finland Espoo Blues
24 F Noora Tulus 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 700165000000000000065 kg (143 lb) (1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 19) Finland Espoo Blues
25 F Suvi Ollikainen 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 700164000000000000064 kg (141 lb) (1995-03-06) March 6, 1995 (age 20) Finland HC Keski-Uusimaa
27 F Saila Saari 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 700163000000000000063 kg (139 lb) (1989-11-01) November 1, 1989 (age 25) Finland JYP Jyväskylä
29 F Karoliina Rantamäki 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 700165000000000000065 kg (143 lb) (1978-02-23) February 23, 1978 (age 37) Russia Nizhni Novgorod
31 G Vilma Vaattovaara 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 700168000000000000068 kg (150 lb) (1993-03-10) March 10, 1993 (age 22) United States Univ. of New Hampshire
77 F Susanna Tapani 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 700165000000000000065 kg (143 lb) (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 (age 22) Finland HPK
96 F Emma Nuutinen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 700174000000000000074 kg (163 lb) (1996-12-07) December 7, 1996 (age 18) Finland Espoo Blues

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Kirsi Hanninen, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship[3]
  • Jenni Hiirikoski, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships[4]
  • Noora Räty, Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[5]
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile
  2. ^ 2015 Roster
  3. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.542, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  4. ^ Awards
  5. ^ 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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