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Selänne in, Saku Koivu out of Finnish squad for Sochi

Finland’s ice hockey team for the Sochi Olympics has been announced—and there’s no place for veteran Saku Koivu. His evergreen Anaheim Ducks team-mate Teemu Selänne, meanwhile, did make the cut.

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Finland coach Erkka Westerlund made some difficult choices in selecting his squad for Sochi. Image: Tomi Hänninen

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association on Tuesday announced Finland’s 25-man squad for the Sochi Olympics.

Coach Erkka Westerlund has chosen nine players from European leagues, three from the Finnish league and six from Russia’s KHL—the rest are signed to clubs in North America’s National Hockey League.

Saku Koivu, who was on board when Finland won the World Championships for the first time in 1995, has been left out. Koivu had himself decided not to go to Sochi because he did not believe he was in good enough shape for an Olympic tournament. He had suffered concussion in October and was out of action for a month following the injury.

His 43-year-old club team-mate, Teemu Selänne, is heading to Russia for what may well be his swansong in the Finnish jersey.

Finland won the bronze medal at the last Olympics in Vancouver. Their best result is silver, which they achieved in Turin in 2006 and Calgary in 1988.

The full squad is available at the Finnish Ice Hockey Association’s website.

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