Finland women's national ice hockey team

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Finland
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Nickname(s)Naisleijonat (Lady Lions)
AssociationFinnish Ice Hockey Association
General ManagerFinland Arto Sieppi
Head coachFinland Pekka Hämäläinen
AssistantsFinland Petteri Kilpivaara
Finland Jari Risku
CaptainKaroliina Rantamäki
Most gamesKaroliina Rantamäki (256)
Most pointsRiikka Nieminen (204)
IIHF codeFIN
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Home colours
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Ranking
Current IIHF3
Highest IIHF3 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF4 (first in 2006)
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
Appearances13 (first in 1990)
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IIHF European Women Championships
Appearances5 (first in 1989)
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Olympics
Appearances4 (first in 1998)
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International record (W–L–T)
190-154-12
Finland women's national ice hockey team
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Representing  Finland
Olympic games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano Women's Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver Women's Team
IIHF World Women's Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Canada Tournament
Bronze medal – third place 2008 China Tournament
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Finland Tournament
Women's 4 Nations Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Canada Tournament

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

Finland has consistently proven to be the third best Women's hockey team in the world, having won every bronze medal in both the World Championships and the Olympics, except for the four occasions when they finished consistently fourth. 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)

European Championship record

IIHF European Women Championships
  • 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

World Championship record

IIHF World Women's Championships
  • 1990 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1992 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1994 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1997 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 1999 Won 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
  • 2008 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2009 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2011 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg

Olympic record

Ice hockey at the Olympic Games
  • 1998 Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2002 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2010Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg [2]

3/4 Nations Cup record

3 Nations Cup/4 Nations Cup
  • 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 Silver medal icon.svg (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2007 Won Bronze Medal Silver 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 Silver medal icon.svg (4 Nations Cup) [3]

Canada Cup

  • 2009 Canada Cup – Won Bronze Medal [4]

Current roster 2011

[5]

Goaltenders
Number Player Club
30 Anna Vanhatalo Russia SKIF Nizhni Novgorod
31 Maija Hassinen Finland HPK Hameenlinna
41 Noora Raty United States University of Minnesota Duluth
99 Meeri Raisanen United States Robert Morris University
Defensemen
Number Player Club
4 Rosa Lindstedt Finland Ilves Tampere
5 Mariia Posa United States University of Minnesota Duluth
6 Jenni Hiirikoski Finland JYP Jyvaskyla
7 Mira Jalosuo United States University of Minnesota Duluth
8 Tea Villila Finland HPK Hameenlinna
10 Essi Halivar Germany OSC Berlin
16 Jutta Stoltenberg Finland HPK Hameenlinna
19 Terhi Mertanen Switzerland ZSC Lions Zurich
Forwards
Number player Club
2 Mira Huhta Finland HPK Hameenlinna
9 Venla Hovi Finland HPK Hameenlinna
11 Annina Rajahuhta Finland HPK Hameenlinna
12 Susanna Tapani Finland LaJy Laitila
14 Niina Makinen Russia Team Kuortane
15 Minnamari Tuominen United States Ohio State University
18 Christine Posa Finland Blues Espoo
21 Michelle Karvinen Denmark Rodovre SIK
22 Saara Tuaminen Finland Ilves Tampere
24 Tanja Niskanen Finland KalPa Kuopio
25 Pia Lund Finland Blues Espoo
26 Tiina Saarimaki Finland Salo HT
27 Anne Helin Finland Karpat Oulu
28 Anne Tuomanen Finland HPK Hameenlinna
29 Karoliina Rantamaki Russia SKIF Nizhni Novgorod

Coaching staff 2011

[6]

  • General Manager:: Arto Sieppi
  • Head Coach: Pekka Hamalainen
  • Assistant Coach: Jari Risku
  • Assistant Coach: Petteri Kilpivaara
  • Team Leader:Kari Manty
  • Equipment Manager: Hemmo Jara
  • Team Doctor: Dr. Markus Parkkinen
  • Physiotherapist: Jukka Aho

Awards and honors

  • 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

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