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 Mika Pieniniemi
Assistants Petteri Kilpivaara
Jari Risku
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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Team colours
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Home colours
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Team colours
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Away colours
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 15 (first in 1990)
Best result Med 3.png (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011)
IIHF European Women Championships
Appearances 5 (first in 1989)
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Olympics
Appearances 4 (first in 1998)
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 1998, 2010
International record (W–L–T)
193–162–12
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 2004 Canada Team
Bronze 2008 China Team
Bronze 2009 Finland Team
Women's 4 Nations Cup
Bronze 2010 Canada 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)

Olympic record[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 [2]
  • 2014 – Finished in 5th place

World Championship record[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 Medal Bronze 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

European Championship record[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 record[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) [3]
  • 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 [4]

Current roster[edit]

The Finnish roster for the women's ice hockey tournament of the 2014 Winter Olympics was published on 18 December 2013. The players were picked by the head coach Mika Pieniniemi.[5][6] view

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2013–14 team
1 G Suonpaa, EvelinaEveliina Suonpää 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) 700163000000000000063 kg (139 lb) 12 April 1995 Kiukainen Finland Team Oriflame Kuortane (SM-sarja)
3 D Terho, EmmaEmma Terho 159 cm (5 ft 3 in) 700160000000000000060 kg (130 lb) 17 December 1981 Washington, USA Finland Espoo Blues (SM-sarja)
4 D Lindstedt, RosaRosa Lindstedt 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (180 lb) 24 January 1988 Ylöjärvi Finland JYP Jyväskylä (SM-sarja)
5 D Kilponen, AnnaAnna Kilponen 169 cm (5 ft 7 in) 700174000000000000074 kg (163 lb) 16 May 1995 Orivesi Finland Team Oriflame Kuortane (SM-sarja)
6 D Hiirikoski, JenniJenni HiirikoskiC 162 cm (5 ft 4 in) 700160000000000000060 kg (130 lb) 30 March 1987 Lempäälä Finland JYP Jyväskylä (SM-sarja)
7 D Jalosuo, MiraMira Jalosuo 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (180 lb) 3 February 1989 Lieksa Russia SKIF Nizhny Novgorod (RWHL)
9 F Hovi, VenlaVenla Hovi 169 cm (5 ft 7 in) 700163000000000000063 kg (139 lb) 28 October 1987 Tampere Finland KalPa Kuopio (SM-sarja)
10 F Välimäki, LindaLinda Välimäki 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) 700170000000000000070 kg (150 lb) 31 May 1990 Ylöjärvi Finland Espoo Blues (SM-sarja)
11 F Rajahuhta, AnniinaAnniina Rajahuhta 164 cm (5 ft 5 in) 700170000000000000070 kg (150 lb) 8 March 1989 Helsinki Finland Espoo Blues (SM-sarja)
13 F Välilä, RiikkaRiikka Välilä 160 cm (5 ft 3 in) 700163000000000000063 kg (139 lb) 12 June 1973 Jyväskylä Finland JYP Jyväskylä (SM-sarja)
15 F Tuominen, MinttuMinttu Tuominen 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) 700170000000000000070 kg (150 lb) 26 June 1990 Helsinki Finland Espoo Blues (SM-sarja)
16 F Tanskanen, VilmaVilma Tanskanen 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) 700166000000000000066 kg (146 lb) 14 April 1995 Helsinki Finland Team Oriflame Kuortane (SM-sarja)
18 G Räisänen, MeeriMeeri Räisänen 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) 700162000000000000062 kg (137 lb) 2 December 1989 Tampere Finland JYP Jyväskylä (SM-sarja)
20 D Tarkki, SaijaSaija Tarkki 172 cm (5 ft 8 in) 700160000000000000060 kg (130 lb) 29 December 1982 Oulu Finland Oulun Kärpät (SM-sarja)
21 F Karvinen, MichelleMichelle Karvinen 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) 700169000000000000069 kg (152 lb) 27 March 1990 Rødovre, Denmark United States University of North Dakota (NCAA)
23 F Tikkinen, NinaNina Tikkinen 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) 700166000000000000066 kg (146 lb) 6 February 1987 Salo Finland Oulun Kärpät (SM-sarja)
29 F Rantamäki, KaroliinaKaroliina Rantamäki 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) 700165000000000000065 kg (143 lb) 23 February 1978 Vantaa Russia SKIF Nizhny Novgorod (RWHL)
41 G Räty, NooraNoora Räty 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) 700170000000000000070 kg (150 lb) 29 May 1989 Espoo Finland Ilves Tampere (SM-sarja)
77 F Tapani, SusannaSusanna Tapani 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700164000000000000064 kg (141 lb) 2 March 1993 Laitila United States University of North Dakota (NCAA)
80 D Villilä, TeaTea Villilä 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) 700163000000000000063 kg (139 lb) 16 April 1991 Hyvinkää United States Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (NCAA)
96 F Nuutinen, EmmaEmma Nuutinen 176 cm (5 ft 9 in) 700173000000000000073 kg (161 lb) 7 December 1996 Helsinki Finland Espoo Blues (SM-sarja)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Kirsi Hanninen, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship [7]
  • Jenni Hiirikoski, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships [8]
  • Noora Räty, Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[9]
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[9]

See also[edit]

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