With an already rich Olympic history in their pockets, the fifth favored players from Team Finland look to add a sixth medal to their country’s Olympic hockey medal count. Despite the much success they’ve had, Team Finland hasn’t stepped on the podium in eight years. The last time they did it was for silver. While it’s impossible to live in the past, who’s to say that you can’t bring back the past?
It’s without question that Finland definitely has one of the aging teams coming into this year’s games. Teemu Selanne (43) and Sami Salo (39) will be returning to Team Finland for what seems like the millionth time. Also joining them will be Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, Kimmo Timonen (38).
Timonen is a four-time Team Finland veteran and for good reasons. While veteran leadership is one strong point Timonen brings to Team Finland, he’s got plenty more to offer. Of the the five Flyers headed to Sochi, he’s probably the best player at his respective position. Over the course of his 15-year NHL career, Timonen has registered a plus minus of +33.
Besides his ability to defend the zone, he’s also a pretty sharp passer. Timonen ranks third among active defensemen for assists in a career. However, technically he’s second. Chris Pronger is still considered active but hasn’t played in over two seasons, and he’ll most likely never step on the ice again — not in an NHL uniform at least.
Having already won one silver and two bronze medals, Timonen will look to do his best to try and put another medal around his neck. Expect Finland to trounce over both Norway and Austria. Team Canada, however, now that’s a team no opponent wishes to go up against.