Finland National Men's Ice Hockey Team
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Finland National Men's Ice Hockey Team

Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Leijonat / Lejonen
(The Lions)
AssociationFinnish Ice Hockey Association
Head coachJukka Jalonen
AssistantsKari Lehtonen
Mikko Manner
Ari-Pekka Selin
CaptainMarko Anttila
Most gamesRaimo Helminen (331)
Most pointsRaimo Helminen (207)
Team colors   
Finland national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 IHWC.png
Current IIHF
Highest IIHF1 (first in 2011 and in 2019)
Lowest IIHF7 (2005)
First international
Finland  1-8  Sweden
(Helsinki, Finland; 29 January 1928)
Finland  2-1  Estonia
(Helsinki, Finland; 20 February 1937)
Biggest win
Finland  20-1  Norway
(Hämeenlinna, Finland; 12 March 1947)
Biggest defeat
Canada  24-0  Finland
(Oslo, Norway; 3 March 1958)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances63 (first in 1939)
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1995, 2011, 2019)
World Cup / Canada Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1976)
Best resultSimple silver cup.svg 2nd: (2004)
Appearances14 (first in 1952)
MedalsSilver medal.svg Silver: (1988, 2006)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014)

The Finnish men's national ice hockey team, or Leijonat / Lejonen ("The Lions" in Finnish and Swedish), as it is called in Finland, is governed by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Finland is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world and a member of the so-called "Big Six", the unofficial group of the six strongest men's ice hockey nations, along with Canada, United States, the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden.

Finland won the world championship title in 2019, their third after 1995 and 2011. A duo of silver medals (1988, 2006) remain the country's best Olympic result. At the Canada/World Cup, their best achievement is also a silver medal which they won in 2004.


Finland's first appearance in an elite ice hockey competition was at 1939 Ice Hockey World Championships in Switzerland. The end result was shared last place with Yugoslavia. After 10 years later, Finland came to 1949 Ice Hockey World Championships at Sweden. The Finns finished 7th place by winning the Consolation Round. Finland's first appearance in an Winter Olympics was 1952 Oslo.

In the 1974 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships two players were suspended for doping. They were the Swede Ulf Nilsson and the Finn Stig Wetzell who failed a drug test for the forbidden substance ephedrine. Both players were suspended for the rest of the tournament. Nilsson failed the test after Sweden's game against Poland, which Sweden won 4-1. The game was awarded to Poland as a 5-0 forfeit. The Finn, Wetzell, failed the test after Finland's match against Czechoslovakia, which Finland won 5-2, which was also awarded to Czechoslovakia as a 5-0 forfeit. The Finns were able to defeat Czechoslovakia again on the last day, which would have earned their first medal in history, if not for the points lost in the forfeited win.

Finland was close again to winning the first medal of its history in the 1986 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, when it led 4-2 in the final minute of the medal round match against Sweden. However, in the last minute of the match Anders "Masken" Carlsson first narrowed the goal to the end and even leveled the match with the help of the Finns' mistake. The match finally ended in a 4-4 draw, Finland's ranking in the tournament was fourth place.

At the 1992 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships, Finland's success and silver medal came as a surprise to many Finns, as the team was not expected to much because of inexperience and the poor success of the (1992 Albertville Winter Olympics) in the same year. The medal achieved in the tournament was the first World Championship medal and the second value medal after (1988 Calgary Winter Olympics).

In the 1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, Finland achieved its first ever gold in international ice hockey. Finland reached the final with a 5-0 victory over France in the quarterfinals, and a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the semi-finals. In the finals, the Finns faced off against their hockey rivals and host of the 1995 tournament, Sweden. In the first period of the final, left wing Ville Peltonen scored a natural hat trick, and then assisted on Timo Jutila's first period goal to give Finland a 4-0 lead, on the way to an eventual 4-1 victory.

At the 1998 Olympic men's ice hockey tournament, Team Finland came away with Bronze, after defeating Canadian national team 3-2. Teemu Selänne led the tournament in goals scored (4) and total points achieved (10). The tournament was the first in which professional players from the National Hockey League (NHL) were allowed to participate, allowing national teams to be constructed using the best possible talent from each country. The 1998 Olympic tournament therefore came to be known as the "Tournament of the Century".

Finland in 2006 Winter Olympics semi-final match against Russia

At the 2006 IIHF World Championship, Finland achieved 3rd place winning the bronze medal game against Canada. Petteri Nummelin was named to the Media All-Star team.

In the 2006 Winter Olympics, Finland won a silver medal, coming close to winning in the final but losing 3-2 to Sweden. Finland's goaltender Antero Niittymäki was named the MVP of the tournament (only 8 goals against in the whole tournament) and Teemu Selänne was voted best forward. The format was changed from the 1998 and 2002 tournaments, to a format similar to the 1992 and 1994 tournaments. The number of teams was reduced from 14 to 12. The 12 teams were split into two groups in the preliminary stage, which followed a round robin format. Each team played the other teams in their group once. The top four teams from each group advanced to the quarter-finals.

At the 2007 IIHF World Championship, Finland lost the finals to Canada's national team. The final marked the second time that Finland and Canada met in the final of a World Championship, the first time being in 1994. However, only a year before in 2006 Finland had defeated Canada 5-0 in the bronze medal game. In 2007, Canada were looking on form, being undefeated coming into the playoff round, while Finland had registered two losses in the run-up to the finals. Rick Nash scored on the powerplay at 6:10 into the first period on a one-timer from the point from a pass by Cory Murphy off of Matthew Lombardi, to put Canada up 1-0. Near the middle of the period, Eric Staal scored in similar fashion also on the powerplay, assisted by Justin Williams, and Mike Cammalleri. 9:11 into the second period, Colby Armstrong scored to give the Canadians a 3-0 lead. This goal ended up as the game winner. Finland had some discipline difficulty in the first two periods, taking 6 minutes apiece in penalties in both periods. Finland started to bring up the pressure in the last ten minutes, and Petri Kontiola scored a nice glove-side goal on Ward at 51:08 assisted by Ville Peltonen, to put the Finns on the board. Only with 3 minutes left Antti Miettinen scored to bring Finland within one, 3-2. However, only one minute later Rick Nash scored on a skillful breakaway to put the game away, 4-2 final for team Canada. The Canadians were outshot 22-18, but the Canadian goaltender, Cam Ward, kept them in the game as he was solid between the pipes. They also were able to capitalize on the powerplay, which ended up being decisive in the Canadian win. Kari Lehtonen was voted Tournament's best goaltender. At the 2008 IIHF World Championship, Finland achieved 3rd place winning the Bronze medal 4-0 against Sweden's national team.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Finland came away with 3rd place winning 5-3 against team Slovakia. During the tournament, Teemu Selänne of Finland became the all-time leader for points scored in the Olympics.[2][3] He notched an assist in his second game of the tournament for 37 career points, surpassing Valeri Kharlamov of the Soviet Union, Vlastimil Bubník of Czechoslovakia, and Harry Watson of Canada.[2][3]

At the 2011 IIHF World Championship, Finland won its second World Championship, beating the Swedish national team by a score of 6-1. As two highly ranked neighboring countries, Sweden and Finland have a long-running competitive tradition in ice hockey. Before the game, mainstream media in both countries titled the match "a dream final".[4][5] After a goalless first period, Sweden opened the game with a 1-0 goal by Magnus Pääjärvi in the second period at 27:40. Seven seconds before the period's end, Finland's Jarkko Immonen scored to tie the game 1-1. Finland took the lead early in the third period, scoring two goals at 42:35 and 43:21 by Nokelainen and Kapanen. Sweden took a time-out before the last period's half but did not manage to regroup, and the tournament was decided by a clear 6-1 victory to Finland by Janne Pesonen's, Mika Pyörälä's and Pihlström goals.[6] Team Finland's Jarkko Immonen led the Tournament in both goals and points scored with 9 and 12 respectively.

In recent years, Finland has been consistently ranked among the best teams in international hockey. Currently the team is ranked 3rd (26 May 2019) in the IIHF World Ranking. Finland won their third World Championship title at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

Tournament record

Olympic Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
16 0 2 4 6

World Championship

United States and Finland go head-to-head at the 2005 IIHF World Championship
Year Location Coach Captain Result
1939 Zürich / Basel,   Switzerland Risto Tiitola Erkki Saarinen 13th place
1949 Stockholm,  Sweden Risto Lindroos Keijo Kuusela 7th place
1951 Paris,  France Risto Lindroos Keijo Kuusela 7th place
1954 Stockholm,  Sweden Risto Lindroos Matti Rintakoski 6th place
1955 Krefeld / Dortmund / Cologne, West Germany  Aarne Honkavaara Matti Rintakoski 9th place
1957 Moscow,  Soviet Union Aarne Honkavaara Yrjö Hakala 4th place
1958 Oslo,  Norway Aarne Honkavaara Yrjö Hakala 6th place
1959 Prague / Bratislava,  Czechoslovakia Canada Joe Wirkkunen Yrjö Hakala 6th place
1961 Geneva / Lausanne,   Switzerland Canada Derek Holmes Erkki Koiso 7th place
1962 Colorado Springs / Denver,  United States Canada Joe Wirkkunen Teppo Rastio 4th place
1963 Stockholm,  Sweden Canada Joe Wirkkunen Esko Luostarinen 5th place
1965 Tampere,  Finland Canada Joe Wirkkunen Raimo Kilpiö 7th place
1966 Ljubljana,  Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia Augustin Bubník Lalli Partinen 7th place
1967 Vienna,  Austria Czechoslovakia Augustin Bubník Matti Reunamäki 6th place
1969 Stockholm,  Sweden Czechoslovakia Augustin Bubník Juhani Wahlsten 5th place
1970 Stockholm,  Sweden Seppo Liitsola Lasse Oksanen 4th place
1971 Bern / Geneva,   Switzerland Seppo Liitsola Lasse Oksanen 4th place
1972 Prague,  Czechoslovakia Seppo Liitsola Lasse Oksanen 4th place
1973 Moscow,  Soviet Union Canada Len Lunde Veli-Pekka Ketola 4th place
1974 Helsinki,  Finland Kalevi Numminen Veli-Pekka Ketola 4th place
1975 Munich / Düsseldorf,  West Germany Seppo Liitsola Seppo Lindström 4th place
1976 Katowice,  Poland Seppo Liitsola Lasse Oksanen 5th place
1977 Vienna,  Austria Lasse Heikkilä Pertti Koivulahti 5th place
1978 Prague,  Czechoslovakia Kalevi Numminen Seppo Repo 7th place
1979 Moscow,  Soviet Union Kalevi Numminen Juhani Tamminen 5th place
1981 Gothenburg / Stockholm,  Sweden Kalevi Numminen Juhani Tamminen 6th place
1982 Helsinki / Tampere,  Finland Alpo Suhonen Juhani Tamminen 5th place
1983 Düsseldorf / Dortmund / Munich, West Germany  Alpo Suhonen Pekka Rautakallio 7th place
1985 Prague,  Czechoslovakia Alpo Suhonen Anssi Melametsä 5th place
1986 Moscow,  Soviet Union Rauno Korpi Kari Makkonen 4th place
1987 Vienna,  Austria Rauno Korpi Pekka Järvelä 5th place
1989 Stockholm / Södertälje,  Sweden Pentti Matikainen Timo Blomqvist 5th place
1990 Bern / Fribourg,   Switzerland Pentti Matikainen Arto Ruotanen 6th place
1991 Turku / Helsinki / Tampere,  Finland Pentti Matikainen Hannu Virta 5th place
1992 Prague / Bratislava,  Czechoslovakia Pentti Matikainen Pekka Tuomisto Silver
1993 Dortmund / Munich,  Germany Pentti Matikainen Timo Jutila 7th place
1994 Bolzano / Canazei / Milano,  Italy Sweden Curt Lindström Timo Jutila Silver
1995 Stockholm / Gävle,  Sweden Sweden Curt Lindström Timo Jutila Gold
1996 Vienna,  Austria Sweden Curt Lindström Timo Jutila 5th place
1997 Helsinki / Turku / Tampere,  Finland Sweden Curt Lindström Timo Jutila 5th place
1998 Zürich / Basel,   Switzerland Hannu Aravirta Ville Peltonen Silver
1999 Oslo / Lillehammer / Hamar,  Norway Hannu Aravirta Saku Koivu Silver
2000 Saint Petersburg,  Russia Hannu Aravirta Raimo Helminen Bronze
2001 Cologne / Hanover / Nuremberg,  Germany Hannu Aravirta Petteri Nummelin Silver
2002 Gothenburg / Karlstad / Jönköping,  Sweden Hannu Aravirta Raimo Helminen 4th place
2003 Helsinki / Tampere / Turku,  Finland Hannu Aravirta Saku Koivu 5th place
2004 Prague / Ostrava,  Czech Republic Raimo Summanen Olli Jokinen 6th place
2005 Innsbruck / Vienna,  Austria Erkka Westerlund Ville Peltonen 7th place
2006 Riga,  Latvia Erkka Westerlund Ville Peltonen Bronze
2007 Moscow / Mytishchi,  Russia Erkka Westerlund Ville Peltonen Silver
2008 Quebec City / Halifax,  Canada Canada Doug Shedden Ville Peltonen Bronze
2009 Bern / Kloten,   Switzerland Jukka Jalonen Sami Kapanen 5th place
2010 Cologne / Mannheim / Gelsenkirchen,  Germany Jukka Jalonen Sami Kapanen 6th place
2011 Bratislava / Ko?ice,  Slovakia Jukka Jalonen Mikko Koivu Gold
2012 Helsinki,  Finland / Stockholm,  Sweden Jukka Jalonen Mikko Koivu 4th place
2013 Stockholm,  Sweden / Helsinki,  Finland Jukka Jalonen Lasse Kukkonen 4th place
2014 Minsk,  Belarus Erkka Westerlund Olli Jokinen Silver
2015 Prague / Ostrava,  Czech Republic Kari Jalonen Jussi Jokinen 6th place
2016 Moscow / Saint Petersburg,  Russia Kari Jalonen Mikko Koivu Silver
2017 Cologne,  Germany / Paris,  France Lauri Marjamäki Lasse Kukkonen 4th place
2018 Copenhagen / Herning,  Denmark Lauri Marjamäki Mikael Granlund 5th place
2019 Bratislava / Ko?ice,  Slovakia Jukka Jalonen Marko Anttila Gold
2020 Zürich / Lausanne,   Switzerland Cancelled[7]
2021 Riga,  Latvia Jukka Jalonen Marko Anttila Silver
2022 Tampere / Helsinki,  Finland Jukka Jalonen

Canada Cup / World Cup

Year Coach Captain Finish Rank
1976 Lasse Heikkilä Veli-Pekka Ketola Round-robin 6th
1981 Kalevi Numminen Veli-Pekka Ketola Round-robin 6th
1987 Rauno Korpi Jari Kurri Round-robin 6th
1991 Pentti Matikainen Jari Kurri Semi-final 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Year GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
1996 4 2 - 0 - 2 17 16 Sweden Curt Lindström Jari Kurri Quarter-final 5th
2004 6 4 0 1 0 1 17 9 Raimo Summanen Saku Koivu Final 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2016 3 0 0 - 0 3 1 9 Lauri Marjamäki Mikko Koivu Group stage 8th

Euro Hockey Tour

EHT Medal table

Gold Silver Bronze Medals
9 7 6 22

Tournament summary

Finland's Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) Cup medal table

As of the 2018 Channel One Cup

Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Medals
Karjala Tournament 12 8 2 22
Channel One Cup 2 10 17 29
Sweden Hockey Games 7 3 7 17
Czech Hockey Games 6 7 5 18
Total 27 22 27 75

Euro Hockey Challenge

  • 2011 - Finished in 1st place, gold medalist(s)
  • 2012 - Finished in 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
  • 2013 - Finished in 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
  • 2014 - Finished in 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
  • 2015 - Finished in 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
  • 2016 - Finished in 1st place, gold medalist(s)
  • 2017 - Finished in 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
  • 2018 - Finished in 2nd place, silver medalist(s)

Other tournaments


Current roster

Roster for the 2021 IIHF World Championship.[8]

Head coach: Jukka Jalonen[9]

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
2 D Ville Pokka 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 27) Russia Avangard Omsk
3 D Olli Määttä 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1994-08-22) 22 August 1994 (age 27) United States Los Angeles Kings
6 D Tony Sund 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 26) Switzerland HC Davos
7 D Oliwer Kaski 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1995-09-04) 4 September 1995 (age 26) Russia Avangard Omsk
12 F Marko Anttila - C 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 36) Finland Jokerit
13 F Mikael Ruohomaa 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1988-11-17) 17 November 1988 (age 32) Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
15 F Anton Lundell 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 19) Finland HIFK
20 F Niko Ojamäki 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 26) Sweden Linköping HC
21 F Jere Innala 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 23) Finland HPK
22 F Arttu Ruotsalainen 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1997-10-29) 29 October 1997 (age 23) United States Buffalo Sabres
24 F Hannes Björninen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1995-10-19) 19 October 1995 (age 25) Finland Lahti Pelicans
25 F Jere Karjalainen 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-05-23) 23 May 1992 (age 29) Russia HC Sochi
27 F Petri Kontiola - A 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 36) Finland HPK
29 G Harri Säteri 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1989-12-29) 29 December 1989 (age 31) Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
31 G Janne Juvonen 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 26) Sweden Leksands IF
38 F Teemu Turunen 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 25) Switzerland HC Davos
39 D Kim Nousiainen 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (2000-11-14) 14 November 2000 (age 20) Finland KalPa
40 D Petteri Lindbohm 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 27) Switzerland EHC Biel
45 G Juho Olkinuora 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 30) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
47 F Peter Tiivola 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 28) Finland Ässät
48 F Valtteri Puustinen 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 22) Finland HPK
50 D Miika Koivisto 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-07-20) 20 July 1990 (age 31) Sweden Växjö Lakers
52 D Mikael Seppälä 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 27) Finland KalPa
55 D Atte Ohtamaa - A 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 (age 33) Finland Oulun Kärpät
61 D Axel Rindell 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (2000-04-23) 23 April 2000 (age 21) Finland Mikkelin Jukurit
76 F Jere Sallinen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 30) Finland HIFK
80 F Saku Mäenalanen 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1994-05-29) 29 May 1994 (age 27) Finland Jokerit
81 F Iiro Pakarinen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1991-08-25) 25 August 1991 (age 30) Finland Jokerit

Former national jerseys

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Retired jerseys

Finland men's national retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Year of retirement
5 Timo Jutila D 1979-1999 2018
8 Teemu Selänne RW 1987-2014 2015
11 Saku Koivu C 1992-2014 2015
14 Raimo Helminen C 1982-2008 2010
16 Ville Peltonen LW 1991-2014 2015
17 Jari Kurri RW 1977-1998 2007
26 Jere Lehtinen RW 1992-2010 2015
44 Kimmo Timonen D 1991-2015 2018

Notable players

List of head coaches


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  2. ^ a b "Ice hockey: Selanne sets Olympic scoring record". Vancouver. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Selanne's 37th point tops Games mark". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Anrell, Lasse (14 May 2011). "Drömfinal". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Jääkiekossa unelmafinaali Leijonat-Tre Kronor". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (15 May 2011). "It's gold for Finland!". IIHF. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ Steiss, Adam. "2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled". IIHF. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Leijonien MM-joukkue valittu - MM-kisat alkavat ensi perjantaina" (in Finnish). 15 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Team Roster Finland" (PDF). 21 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Jalonen Leijonien seuraava päävalmentaja". (in Finnish). 7 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "IS: Marjamäki on Leijonien uusi päävalmentaja". (in Finnish). 28 August 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Jukka Jalonen palaa Leijonien päävalmentajaksi". (in Finnish). 4 October 2017. Retrieved 2018.

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