Early Look at Top Candidates for Team Finland at the Sochi Olympics

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Early Look at Top Candidates for Team Finland at the Sochi Olympics
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Mikko Koivu will be one of Finland's key players in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

The Finnish hockey team should be in prime position to win a medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

When fans speak of the "Big Six" in international hockey, they are speaking of Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.

While the Finnish team is often overlooked, it has fared quite well in the Olympics. They have medaled in four of the last five Winter Olympic competitions.

Overall, Finland has won two silver and three bronze Olympic Mens' Ice Hockey medals.

Assuming that NHL players are competing in the Olympics, Finland should be in a position to compete for a medal again.

Here's an early look at eight of the prime candidates to make the Finnish Olympic ice hockey team.

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