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How Finland has emerged as a hockey superpower

Some people were surprised when three Finns were selected in the top five of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. With a new player-development strategy now yielding results, that success is about to become commonplace. Finland's national men’s hockey team won its first World Championship with the 'golden generation,' headed by Saku Koivu centring Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen — dubbed the "Huey, Dewey, and Louie" line — in 1995. The team did not win another title on the international stage until 2011. Despite the dearth of golds, Finland had an impressive medal haul. The country possessed...

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