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International stars to compete in Finland’s Karjala Tournament

Oct 29, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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With NHL action locked out indefinitely, one of the best collections of hockey talent can be found during Finland’s Karjala Tournament, which takes place Nov. 7-10.

The round-robin tournament features one squad each from the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden and host team Finland.

Here are some standout players (aside from the Czech roster, which isn’t readily available):

Finland (via Leijonat.fi): Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask, Mikko Koivu and Niklas Hagman. Also: four guys named Teemu who aren’t Teemu Selanne. (Full roster)

Russia (via Leijonat.fi): Sergei Bobrovsky, Artem Anisimov and Nik Zherdev. (Full roster)

Sweden (also via Leijonat.fi): Victor Hedman, Patric Hornqvist, Carl Hagelin and Gabriel Landeskog. (Full roster)

A Swedish team including Peter Forsberg and Matt Sundin will take on a Finnish squad that boasts Jari Kurri and Jere Lehtinen in a legends game on Nov. 8 as well, according to Turku.fi.

Before you start pondering a hasty trip to Finland, let’s finish with a few facts about the tournament:

  • Either Finland (10 times) or Russia (five times) finished in first place in all but one of the 16 tournaments, with Sweden taking it in 1997.
  • The tournament is sponsored by Karjala beer, which has a rather interesting history.
  • Again, it’s a round-robin tournament featuring three games per team. If two teams are tied for first-place, whichever team won the head-to-head matchup takes the No. 1 spot.

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