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Helsinki throws party in honour of Finland's hockey championship

The star-studded, festive concert at Helsinki's Kaisaniemi Park is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm on Monday.

Eetu Luostarinen (holding trophy) and members of Finland's Lions ice hockey team returned home on Monday following their World Championship victory in Bratislava. Image: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

Finland's capital announced it would host a free concert Monday evening in Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park, in honour of Finland's 3-1 win over Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships on Sunday night in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The festivities were scheduled for around 6:00 pm, with the gold medal-winning guests of honour, Finland's Lions (Leijonat), expected to arrive at the park with a police escort between 7 and 7:30 pm.

According to a press release from the city of Helsinki, members of the winning team including goal-scorers Marko Anttila and Harri Pesonen were due to appear on stage.

Top Finnish artists like singers Paula Vesala and Samuli Edelman and bands including the Teflon Brothers and JVG were also due to perform.

The entire event can be watched live on Yle Areena, starting at 6:00 pm.

Traffic disruptions

The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) has warned commuters (siirryt toiseen palveluun) to expect possible delays and changes to transit routes on Monday evening owing to the celebrations.

All tram routes that run through the city centre will be affected, as will buses that depart and arrive from the Railway Station, according to HSL.

Local trains will operate on schedule but will be longer than normal to accommodate extra passengers attending festivities in the city centre. Buses will run according to regular Monday schedules but no additional night buses will be added to the roster.

Members of the public can follow the festivities on a large screen outside the Railway Station in downtown Helsinki, according to the city.