Finland Names Valtteri Filppula and Sami Salo to 2014 Men’s Olympic Hockey Roster

Jan 3, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Tampa Bay Lightning won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, Finland announced their roster of the 25 players that will be representing their country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Two players from the Tampa Bay Lightning will be making the trip to Russia for Finland; center Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Sami Salo.

I am not shocked in the slightest to see Filppula’s name on this list. This season, Filppula has been one of the best well-rounded players that we’ve had. He is skilled at not just finding the back of the net, but in the faceoff circle and in shootouts as well.

He is currently second on the team in regards to points, only being topped by the captain, Martin St. Louis. He has 16 goals and 17 assists for a total of 33 points with a plus-3 rating.

Salo has been an asset to the Bolts this year as well. His veteran experience adds something to the blue line that you just can’t get anywhere else. So far this season, he has 1 goal and 6 assists for a total of 7 points with a plus-4 rating.

After taking the Bronze medal in 2010 in Vancouver, you can bet that the Finns will be looking to get a notch or two higher on the podium this season.

Here is a look at the complete roster for the Finland Men’s Ice Hockey Team courtesy of NHL.com.

Forwards
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
Juhamatti Aaltonen 06/04/1985 Ii, Finland Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Aleksander Barkov 09/02/1995 Tampere, FIN Florida Panthers (NHL)
Valtteri Filppula 03/20/1984 Vantaa, Finland Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Mikael Granlund 02/26/1992 Oulu, Finland Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Jussi Jokinen 04/01/1983 Kalajoki, Finland Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Olli Jokinen 12/05/1978 Kuopio, Finland Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Mikko Koivu 03/12/1983 Turku, Finland Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Leo Komarov 01/23/1987 Narva, Estonia Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Petri Kontiola 10/04/1984 Seinajoki, Finland Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
Lauri Korpikoski 07/28/1986 Turku, Finland Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jori Lehtera 12/23/1987 Helsinki, Finland Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)
Antti Pihlstrom 10/22/1984 Vantaa, Finland Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)
Tuomo Ruutu 02/16/1983 Vantaa, Finland Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Teemu Selanne 07/03/1970 Helsinki, Finland Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

 

Defensemen
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
Lasse Kukkonen 09/18/1981 Oulu, Finland Karpat Oulu (FIN)
Juuso Hietanen 07/14/1985 Hämeenlinna, Finland Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Sami Lepisto 10/17/1984 Espoo, Finland Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Olli Maatta 08/22/1994 Jyväskylä, Finland Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Sami Salo 09/02/1974 Turku, Finland Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Kimmo Timonen 03/18/1975 Kuopio, Finland Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Ossi Vaananen 08/18/1980 Vantaa, Finland Jokerit Helsinki (FIN)
Sami Vatanen 07/03/1991 Jyväskylä, Finland Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

 

Goaltenders
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
Kari Lehtonen 11/6/1983 Helsinki, Finland Dallas Stars (NHL)
Antti Niemi 08/29/1983 Vantaa, Finland San Jose Sharks
Tuukka Rask 03/10/1987 Savonlinna, Finland Boston Bruins (NHL)

 

Topics: 2014 Winter Olympic Games, NHL, Sami Salo, Sochi, Tampa Bay Lightning, Valtteri Filppula

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