Selanne set for 6th Olympics as Finland names its roster

Ducks forward Teemu Selanne celebrates his third period goal against the Detroit Red Wings April...

Ducks forward Teemu Selanne celebrates his third period goal against the Detroit Red Wings April 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

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Veteran ice hockey player Teemu Selanne is set to appear at his sixth Olympic Games after he was included in Finland's 25-man squad for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Nicknamed the "Finnish Flash", the 43-year-old Anaheim Ducks winger has won one silver and two bronze medals in his five previous Olympic campaigns, and was named best forward at the 2006 Games.

General manager Jari Kurri told Finnish TV station YLE that he expects Selanne to be a huge asset in the tournament, despite his modest start to the NHL season.

"It's certain he will ignite. I think he's been waiting for the Olympics since the summer and he's worked hard. He's not happy with his ineffectiveness and the lesser role he has in his club side, but in the national team he has a greater role to fill," Kurri said.

There was no place in the squad for four-time Olympian Saku Koivu.

Finland open their campaign against Austria on Feb. 13 before taking on Canada and Norway in Group B.

GOALIES: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask

DEFENCEMEN: Jusso Hietanen, Lasse Kukkonen, Sami Lepisto, Olli Maatta, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen, Ossi Vaananen

FORWARDS: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehtera, Antti Pihlstrom, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selanne


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