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
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Home colours
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Ranking
Current IIHF 3 Steady
Highest IIHF 3 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF 4 (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)
IIHF World Women's Championships
Appearances 18 (first in 1990)
Best result 3rd, bronze medalist(s) (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017)
IIHF European Women Championships
Appearances 5 (first in 1989)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995)
Olympics
Appearances 5 (first in 1998)
Medals Bronze medal.svg Bronze (1998, 2010)
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
IIHF World Women's Championships
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

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.[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 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 2017 World Championship in United States. However, they lost the semifinal against Canada in the same tournament, so the Finns were relegated to the bronze medal game.

Tournament record[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 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
  • 2015Won Bronze Medal Bronze medal icon.svg
  • 2016 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2017Won 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 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship.[2]

Head coach: Pasi Mustonen

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
2 D Isa Rahunen 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1993-04-16) April 16, 1993 (age 24) Finland Oulun Kärpät
4 D Rosa Lindstedt 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1988-01-24) January 24, 1988 (age 29) Sweden HV71
5 D Anna Kilponen 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 74 kg (163 lb) (1995-05-16) May 16, 1995 (age 22) United States Univ. of North Dakota
6 D Jenni HiirikoskiC 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1987-03-30) March 30, 1987 (age 30) Sweden Luleå HF
7 D Mira Jalosuo 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 28) Finland Oulun Kärpät
8 D Ronja Savolainen 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1997-11-29) November 29, 1997 (age 19) Sweden Luleå HF
9 F Venla Hovi 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 29) Canada Univ. of Manitoba
10 F Linda Välimäki 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1990-05-31) May 31, 1990 (age 26) Finland Espoo United
11 F Petra Nieminen 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (1999-05-04) May 4, 1999 (age 18) Finland Team Kuortane
12 F Susanna Tapani 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 (age 24) Finland Lukko
13 F Riikka NieminenA 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 60 kg (130 lb) (1973-06-12) June 12, 1973 (age 43) Sweden HV71
15 D Minttu Tuominen 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1990-01-26) January 26, 1990 (age 27) Sweden Linköpings HC
19 F Tanja Niskanen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 71 kg (157 lb) (1992-09-11) September 11, 1992 (age 24) Finland KalPa
20 F Sari Kärnä 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 61 kg (134 lb) (1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 29) Finland Ilves
21 F Michelle KarvinenA 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 69 kg (152 lb) (1990-03-27) March 27, 1990 (age 27) Sweden Luleå HF
22 F Emma Nuutinen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 74 kg (163 lb) (1996-12-07) December 7, 1996 (age 20) United States Univ. of North Dakota
24 F Noora Tulus 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 21) Sweden Luleå HF
26 F Saana Valkama 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (1994-06-27) June 27, 1994 (age 22) United States Univ. of Vermont
28 F Sanni Hakala 1.54 m (5 ft 1 in) 53 kg (117 lb) (1997-10-31) October 31, 1997 (age 19) Sweden HV71
29 F Sara Säkkinen 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (1998-04-07) April 7, 1998 (age 19) Finland Team Kuortane
30 G Anni Keisala 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1997-04-05) April 5, 1997 (age 20) Finland Oulun Kärpät
31 G Eveliina Suonpää 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 66 kg (146 lb) (1995-04-12) April 12, 1995 (age 22) Finland Lukko
41 G Noora Räty 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 69 kg (152 lb) (1989-05-29) May 29, 1989 (age 27) Finland Pyry Nokia

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. ^ 2017 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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