It was an unforgettable night for one Antti Raanta who played his first game in a Finnish national team sweater, ever.

The 23-year-old goaltender hadnít played in any of the junior national teams coming up the Lukko Rauma system and he hadnít been tested in the Euro Hockey Tour when he skated onto the Hartwall Arena ice on Saturday, to the cheers of 13,000 people.

A few minutes after that, he stood on the blueline and listened to those 13,000 yell out a part of the Finnish national anthem that sounds like his last name, and then he went to work. Sixty minutes later, he had recorded his first national team game Ė and a shutout.


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