Three More Named To Olympics
December 22, 2005
Three Stars Named to Team Finland
Lehtinan, Kapanen and Miettinen to Play at Olympics
Finnish Hockey announced today the 23-man roster for the 2006 Men's Olympic Team that will compete in Turin, Italy, beginning on February 15. Three of the players named to the team are Dallas Stars forwards Jere Lehtinen, Niko Kapanen and Antti Miettinen.
"It is always a tremendous honor to represent your country," said Lehtinen. "A lot of the players on this team played together in 2002 in Salt Lake. I'm looking forward to the Olympics."
The Espoo, Finland native has registered 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points with seven power play goals and +8 rating this season with the Stars. Lehtinen's 19 goals rank tied for eighth in the league and his five game-winners tie for second in the NHL. Over his career, he has posted 176 goals and 193 assists for 369 points in 600 career NHL games. The 6-0, 192-pound right wing has won three Selke Trophies over his career, tying Guy Carbonneau for the second most Selke awards in league history (Bob Gainey has four).
Kapanen, 27, will be making his first Olympics appearance. He did play in six games with Finland during the 2004 World Cup, notching one goal and two assists for three points as Finland captured the silver medal. The Hameenlinna, Finland native has more than doubled his point total in 32 games this season (3-13-16) from what he had in 67 games in 2003-04 (1-5-6). In 190 career NHL outings, he has collected nine goals and 48 assists for 57 points.
Dallas now has six players named to three separate Olympic teams - U.S.A. (Mike Modano and Bill Guerin), Canada (Marty Turco) and Finland (Jere Lehtinen, Niko Kapanen, Antti Miettinen).