The fans may be advised to get a game program in their hand when they watch the first games of the Finnish national team, and they’re excused if they don’t know all the players. Especially if they haven’t followed the Finnish SM-liiga. This year, Finland will have over a dozen players making their World Championship debut – on home ice, no less.
They may not be the brightest of stars, and they’re not even a young, up-and-coming group – the average age is closer to 30 than 25 – but what they are is a hard-working team.
And as we’ve seen many times in the past, a team like that can go far.