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The Finnish women's national ice hockey team represents Finland at the International Ice Hockey Federation's IIHF World Women's Championships. The women's national team is controlled by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Finland has 4,694 female players in 2011.[1]

[1][2]Finnish national women's ice hockey team at the Women's Air Canada Cup 2008 in Ravensburg, Germany.

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History[edit]Edit

Finland has finished third or fourth in every World Championships and Olympics. They are ranked behind the Canada (#1) and the USA (#2). Finland's main rival isSweden, which finished second to Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Finland finished fourth, losing the game for the bronze medal to the USA. Finland defeated the USA for the first time, in the 2008 World Championship in China, 2–1 after overtime. The current head coach is Pekka Hämäläinen (after Hannu Saintula)

European Championship record[edit]Edit

IIHF European Women Championships
  • 1989 – Won Gold Medal [3]
  • 1991 – Won Gold Medal [4]
  • 1993 – Won Gold Medal [5]
  • 1995 – Won Gold Medal [6]
  • 1996 – Won Bronze Medal [7]

World Championship record[edit]Edit

IIHF World Women's Championships
  • 1990 – Won Bronze Medal [8]
  • 1992 – Won Bronze Medal [9]
  • 1994 – Won Bronze Medal [10]
  • 1997 – Won Bronze Medal [11]
  • 1999 – Won Bronze Medal [12]
  • 2000 – Won Bronze Medal [13]
  • 2001 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2004 – Won Bronze Medal [14]
  • 2005 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2008 – Won Bronze Medal [15]
  • 2009 – Won Bronze Medal [16]
  • 2011 – Won Bronze Medal [17]
  • 2012 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2013 – Finished in 4th place

Olympic record[edit]Edit

Ice hockey at the Olympic Games
  • 1998 – Won Bronze Medal [18]
  • 2002 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2010 – Won Bronze Medal [19] [2]
  • 2014 – Finished in 5th place

3/4 Nations Cup record[edit]Edit

3 Nations Cup/4 Nations Cup
  • 1995 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 1996 – Won Bronze Medal [20]
  • 1997 – Won Bronze Medal [21]
  • 1998 – Won Bronze Medal [22]
  • 1999 – Won Bronze Medal [23]
  • 2000 – Won Bronze Medal [24] (4 nations Cup)
  • 2001 – Won Silver Medal [25]
  • 2002 – Won Bronze Medal [26] (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2003 – Won Bronze Medal [27] (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2004 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2005 – Won Bronze Medal [28] (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2007 – Won Bronze Medal [29] (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2008 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2009 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2010 – Won Bronze Medal [30] (4 Nations Cup) [3]
  • 2011 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2012 – Finished in 4th place (4 Nations Cup)
  • 2013 – Won Silver Medal [31] (4 nations Cup)

Canada Cup[edit]Edit

  • 2009 Canada Cup – Won Bronze Medal [4]

Current roster 2011[edit]Edit

[5]

Goaltenders
Number Player Club
30 Anna Vanhatalo [32]

ZSC Lions

31 Maija Hassinen [33]

HPK

41 Noora Räty [34]

University of Minnesota

99 Meeri Räisänen [35]

Robert Morris University

Defensemen
Number Player Club
4 Rosa Lindstedt [36]

Ilves

5 Mariia Posa [37]

University of Minnesota Duluth

6 Jenni Hiirikoski [38]

JYP

7 Mira Jalosuo [39]

University of Minnesota

8 Tea Villila [40]

HPK

10 Essi Halivar [41]

OSC Berlin

16 Jutta Stoltenberg [42]

HPK

19 Terhi Mertanen [43]

ZSC Lions

Forwards
Number player Club
2 Mira Huhta [44]

HPK

9 Venla Hovi [45]

HPK

11 Annina Rajahuhta [46]

HPK

12 Susanna Tapani [47]

LaJy

14 Niina Mäkinen [48]

Team Kuortane

15 Minnamari Tuominen [49]

Ohio State University

18 Christine Posa [50]

Espoo Blues

21 Michelle Karvinen [51]

Rodovre SIK

22 Saara Tuominen [52]

Ilves

23 Jara Salminen [53]

Gaudeamus

24 Tanja Niskanen [54]

KalPa

25 Pia Lund [55]

Espoo Blues

26 Tiina Saarimäki [56]

Salo HT

27 Anne Helin [57]

Kärpät

28 Anne Tuomanen [58]

HPK

29 Karoliina Rantamäki [59]

SKIF Nizhni Novgorod

Coaching staff 2011[edit]Edit

[6]

  • General Manager:: Arto Sieppi
  • Head Coach: Pekka Hamalainen
  • Assistant Coach: Jari Risku
  • Assistant Coach: Petteri Kilpivaara
  • Team Leader:Kari Manty
  • Equipment Manager: Hemmo Jara
  • Team Doctor: Dr. Markus Parkkinen
  • Physiotherapist: Jukka Aho

Awards and honors[edit]Edit

  • Kirsi Hanninen, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship [7]
  • Jenni Hiirikoski, Directorate Award, Best Defender, 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships [8]
  • Noora Räty, Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[9]
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Noora Räty, Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[9]
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