Our Finnish Goaltender is better than your Finnish Goaltender!
Antti Niemi, Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask. What do they have in common? All three are deubting in their first National Hockey Leauge playoff games. All three are Finnish. All three were left off of the 2010 Finnish Olympic team.
For what feels like my entire life (okay so that in itself is only the last 25 years) hockey fans have said “the best goaltenders come out of Quebec. Who was to argue? All three of the 2010 goaltenders for Team Canada are from Quebec (Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Marc-Andre Fleury). Has the time come when Quebec is no longer the goaltending power house? Has Finland become the new hot bed for NHL caliber net minders?
Here is a list of Finnish goalies from the 2009-2010 NHL season:
Miikka Kiprusoff (Flames), Niklas Backstrom (Wild), Antero Niittymaki (Lightning),Pekka Rinne (Predators), Vesa Toskala (Flames), Tuukka Rask (Bruins), Antti Niemi (Blackhawks), and Kari Lehtonien (Stars).