“It’s small-man’s syndrome. We know we’re better than Finland, and they feel bad about that. It’s been like that for a long time, but I think it’s gotten better. Like maybe 20 years ago, we hated Finns, but now, well, anyway, I like Fill (Valtteri Filppula) and (Ville) Leino. I’ve hung out with Finns, though you have to call the government to get permission to hang out with them. But Fill, he’s a Swede wanna-be; he applied for Swedish citizenship, so we were cleared to hang out with him.”
– Detroit’s Andreas Lilja on the rivalry between Swedes and Finns.