2010 Winter Olympics: Team Finland Out For Swedish Blood On Sunday

February 20th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
On Friday night, Teemu Selanne became the highest scoring player in Olympic hockey history.

Following the game, a member of the Finnish press asked Selanne to recount his most memorable game in Olympic competition.

It could have been the game he had just played, after all, in how many games does one make history?

It wasn't.

He might have mentioned Finland's improbable upset of a Wayne Gretzky lead Canadian team in 1998 to capture the bronze medal.

He didn't.

No, Selanne's most memorable game didn't result in a medal or a history making performance; it was Finland's elimination of Sweden in the 1998 quarter-finals.

In the world of hockey, rivalries don't get much more bitter than that that exists between Finland and Sweden.

On Sunday, this rivalry will be renewed once more and Team Finland, along with the entire country they represent, is looking to beat the team that stole gold from them four years ago in Torino.

Yes, that's how the Finns saw it in 2006.

A Finnish friend of mine recently recounted how he got that news four years ago, via an SMS feed on his cel ...

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