A quick riddle to wrap your head around: can an underdog be a dynasty? With three championships in the past six years, Finland is as close as you can get to a dynasty at the modern world juniors, where there are legitimately five interchangeable programs at the top of the pile (Canada, Sweden, Russia and the U.S. being the others).
At the same time, Finland is a nation of just 5.5 million people, and the team is just a couple years removed from playing in the relegation round of the tournament, where a loss would have sent it spiralling down to Division 1-A.
And while coach Jussi Ahokas did his best Darryl Sutter impression before Finland’s upset of Canada in the quarterfinal this year (“All the pressure is on Canada,” he said. “They have all the pressure in the world. We go there, have ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.