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Flames named to Finn team

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and centre Olli Jokinen were named Wednesday to Finland's Olympic team.

“For our country, we knew our selection a few weeks ago. I already turned the page. You have to think about it early in the year whether you are on the team or not," said Jokinen.

"It’s an honour to go to a third Olympics and nice to be part of in my country. We don’t have as many players as Canada but in the past Olympics we ended up getting medals. It’s always tough losing the final game. Our goal is to go out there and surprise everyone again.

“Usually we’re ranked about eighth or 10th, but we always come home with a medal.”

Getting named to his national team was a low key affair and one he quickly put to the back of his mind.

“I got the phone call from the coach and he said I was on the team. They told us who we were going to play with. That’s about it. I turned the page," he said.

Bringing Kipper into the fold will help in his country's efforts, said Jokinen.

“He’s the best goalie in the league right now. He’s giving us the chance to win every night," he said."

"When you get to the Olympics, it’s one game so anything can happen. Our country feels comfortable having him in net."

This will likely be the last time the current Finn team will be able to improve on their 2006 Olympic performance, said Jokinen.

“We were best team in first seven games and second best team after eight games," he said.

"It was disappointing but obviously we’re the only one who remember who was second place. Nobody in Calgary would remember who won silver that year. It was a good run.

"For a lot of our players, this Olympics will be our last time together. We have the same team since 2002. We had a good run in the 2004 World Cup and good one in 2006. This will be our last journey together. We want to win like every other country.”

Finland named its preliminary roster before Canada's team was announced.

Kiprusoff recently said he'd only go if he was the No.-1 goalie. The other netminders named are Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay’s Antero Nittymaki.


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