Despite being sidelined with a knee injury just 2 games into the Olympic Tournament, Aleksander Barkov has become the youngest ever Finnish hockey player to bring home a medal, at 18 years, 5 months and 9 days old. Unfortunately, Barkov wasn’t able to witness the 5-0 shellacking against the USA in Sochi, but is well aware of Team Finland’s victory and their bronze medal.
In addition to Barkov, Finland also overcame the absence of key players such as Valtteri Filppula and Mikko Koivu before the Olympic games even began. Although their victory over Team USA earned them a medal, their surprise and most shocking win over the host Nation, Russia, may be remembered as the focal point of their 2014 Olympic run.
Before his injury, Barkov, Finland’s top-line center, recorded an assist, 4 shots, 2 PIMs, +3 rating, and averaged 16:39 in ice time – winning both games he participated in.
Congratulations to Barkov and Team Finland!
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