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National treasures

On May 7, 1995, Ville Peltonen, the son of a Finnish national team player Esa, had a big dream come true. Anyone who’s ever played road hockey has also dreamed about scoring that Stanley Cup winning goal, or becoming a new Paul Henderson (or his equivalent in your country) by scoring a big goal for the national team.

Some of us take it a step further, and dream of scoring a hat trick.

And for some, the dreams do come true, because that’s exactly what Peltonen, then 21, did. He scored a hat trick in the 1995 World Championship final, as Finland beat Sweden 4-1. What made his hat trick a once-in-a-lifetime moment was the fact that that had also been a million other people’s dream, and for a good portion of Finns, an impossible dream.

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Heroes and zeros

Helsinki IFK raised their championship banner before their regular season opener with team captain Ville Peltonen unveiling the 2011 banner.

Frederik Andersen, the Danish league MVP in 2010, and Player of the Year in 2011, signed with Frölunda Indians in the Swedish Elitserien, and has got off to a fantastic start.

Mikael Granlund doesn’t seem to be suffering from any post-World Championship gold, post-Finnish championship gold, post-postage stamp hangover, as he’s collected five points in his first two games.

Vesa Toskala is back making saves, Shjon Podein was back in Växjö. And Mike Denton saved a man’s life.

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