Guys, Team Finland.

But actually:

  • Olli Määttä
  • Jussi Jokinen
  • Kari Lehtonen 
  • Antti Niemi
  • Tuukka Rask
  • Sami Salo (who I could’ve sworn was 105 years old, but turns out he’s only 39)
  • Kimmo Timonen
  • Valtteri Filppula (aka the guy who looks like a “Die Hard” villain)
  • Mikael Granlund
  • Mikko Koivu
  • Tuomo Ruutu
  • And of course, Teemu MOTHER EFFING Selänne

(Also, fun fact, per Puck Daddy: “Teemu Selanne will become just the second hockey player ever to participate in six Olympic Games, joining countryman Raimo Helminen.”).

Key Facet of a Sports Rivalry:

When you don’t want your team to just beat the other team - you want your boys to give the other team a sliver of hope and confidence and then smash it in a heart-wrenching, devastating fashion.

See also: Capitals 3, Pittsburgh 4.


"There’s a little bit of flair back there. There’s always the big saves. There’s always the smile behind the mask." — Coach Bylsma on Flower.