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Team Finland will feature Selanne one last time

Jan 7, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT

Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on February 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
(February 7, 2013 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Fresh off winning the gold medal in the 2014 World Juniors, Team Finland revealed its 2014 Winter Olympic roster.

It will feature some younger talent like 21-year-old rookie Mikael Granlund, but all eyes will be on Teemu Selanne as he plays in his final Winter Games.

The big X-Factor for Finland will likely be Mikko Koivu, who might not be available for the games after suffering an ankle injury. His older brother, 39-year-old Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu, was left off the team.

Finland’s greatest strength is its goal as it will be led by San Jose’s Antti Niemi and Boston’s Tuukka Rask.

As for other notable omissions, the likes of Florida’s Sean Bergenheim, Buffalo’s Ville Leino and Edmonton’s Jesse Joensuu all failed to make the team.

Here’s the Finnish roster in full:

Goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask

Defensemen: Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepistö, Olli Maatta, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Ossi Väänänen, Sami Vatanen

Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehterä, Antti Pihlström, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selänne

UPDATE: Team Finland have been put in a tough spot after losing both Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula. They’ve been replaced by KHLers Jarkko Immonen and Sakari Salminen.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Ryan, what makes you so sure it will be Selanne’s last time? ;-)

  2. lowenni - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Can’t believe they left Saku off the team. He’s captained the Finnish national team for years and is one of the most decorated Finns ever to play hockey. On top of that, he’s still a solid player with great vision and playmaking ability, he would’ve been a fantastic depth player because of his leadership alone. “There’s something to be said for loyalty”

    • lallin66fan - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      They did not left him out. Saku himself said that he don’t not want to go to the Olympics. He said his body don’t feel 100%.

      • flash8910 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Bad for Finland. Good for Anaheim. He is centering one of the best checking lines in the NHL with Cogliano and Winnik. Not only are they playing great defensively, but they chip in timing scoring on a regular basis. Rest up Saku. Ducks will need you at 100% the rest of the season.

      • lowenni - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for clearing it up.

  3. thailer35 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Who do you even take as your number 1 goalie? All of those guys are solid.

    • capsfan14 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Yeah, imagine if Rinne was healthy… and don’t forget Raanta either, he could easily start for most teams if he plays at his best. Olympic and NHL.

  4. bruinsfan55 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    No Saku Koivu? Wow but they have guy like Komarov

    • storminator16 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      What’s your opinion on Komarov? What do you think of his game?

  5. rebekah319 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Saku did not get left off he delined his invivation due to him not being 100 percent from his concussion. Which is sad. However I just have this really bad feeling Mikko wouldnt make it there either which would suck. Finland always has a good team. Also congrats to Teemu!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Windmiller4 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Since when is ville leino a notable omission? The guys been a dud for a while, no one expected him to make it

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