The Finnish Border Guard!
|Monday, October 22, 2018|
Border Guard Finland is a team from Finland that first attended the CARHA Hockey World Cup in 2016, and they are a great group of guys.
We are happy to say they'll be back in 2020.
Learn more about the team below on a great write-up from Jarno Pakkanen!
Our team name is Border Guard Finland. The team consists of people who work in the Finnish Border Guard and live in different cities all over the country. The team hasn´t played a single game together, nor has everybody even met each other, in the form it´s going to arrive to Richmond in 2020.
It's based on the team that we had in Windsor in 2016 but with a few variations - four guys from the 2016 team are unable to go so we have three new guys filling in for them and we're still scouting for one more player.
Recreational ice hockey has been played by the members of the Finnish Border Guard for at least 15 years (which is longer than I have worked for the Border Guard). Mostly in different types of tournaments for civil cervants or military personnel.
We took part in CARHA Hockey's World Cup in 2016 playing in the 35+ age category. We lost twice with a score of 2-1 and tied once with a score of 0-0. All of our opponents were teams from Canada and we had a lot fun playing against them.
In Richmond, we're hoping to score a few more goals and maybe even to win a game in the tournament. We haven't really familiarized ourselves yet with city of Richmond and seen what the city has to offer but we're very exited to play hockey and do other hockey related activities. Enjoying a few famous Canadian ales after games would be nice, too.
Hockey in Finland has been growing quite explosively in the last few years. In my opinion mainly because Finland has produced exeptional young players to the National Hockey League (NHL), for example Barkov, Laine, and Aho who have been getting a lot of attention and thus inspiring a lot of young players.
Personally, my favorite memory is our trip to Windsor in 2016. Besides playing hockey we visited our local colleagues at the border crossing point between Windsor and Detroit. During our trip we also saw two NHL games, one in Toronto and the other game in Detroit were we had a VIP box with players from Viikkarit who also played in the tournament and travelled with us.