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Selanne, Rask highlight Finland’s Olympic Camp roster

Jun 25, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Finland has named its 54-man camp roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — a group filled with veteran experience at forward and arguably the best goaltending depth in the world.

Up front, the Finns have invited a slew of NHLers, including a number of elder statesmen: Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Olli Jokinen and Antti Miettinen, all of whom are 32 or older.

The most notable inclusion is Selanne, the 42-year-old winger that would be participating in his sixth Winter Olympics should he be selected for Sochi.

Selanne made his Olympic debut at the 1992 games in Albertville, finishing fourth in scoring (behind Canada’s Joe Juneau and Czechoslovakia’s Robert Lang, to give you an idea of how long ago that was.)

In goal, Finland boasts a wealth of talent.

Tuukka Rask, fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance with Boston, has been selected for camp, as has ’13 Vezina nominee Antti Niemi, ’12 Vezina nominee Pekka Rinne, NHL wins leader Niklas Backstrom, Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen and newly-signed Flames goalie Karri Ramo.

The Finns are weakest on defense, where only a handful of NHL regulars — Toni Lydman, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen — made the camp roster.

Here’s the full list of invitees:

Goalies

Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo, Petri Vehanen

Defensemen

Jusso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Harvinen, Jere Karalahti, Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, Sami Lepisto, Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen, Ossi Vaananen

Forwards

Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Niko Kapanen, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen, Teemu Selanne

  1. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    “Arguably”? Until the Americans unleash a genetically-engineered five-headed goalie hydra built out of the best parts of Quick, Anderson, Howard, Schneider and Thomas, I’mma go ahead and say the Finns have the best goaltending hands-down.

    • micklethepickle - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Here’s a better question – who has the weakest goalies? Russia? Germany? I know **** about international teams.

      • mrpinkca - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I mean of the real contenders (in my mind: Canada, US, Russia, Sweden, and Finland) I would say Canada is worst off. But that is totally contingent on believing that Bobrovsky is the real deal.

  2. mrpinkca - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Niemi, Rask, Lehtonen, Rinne, and Backstrom. I hadn’t ever realized how ridiculously loaded the Finns are in net.

    That’s just gaudy.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      How are they going to choose among those guys. I think they can only take 3 right?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      They can loan a couple of em to the Canadian team.

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