On a team that is devoid of the same kind of offensive star power found on Team Canada or Team Russia, the Finns will need to rely on their veteran leadership and goal tending if they are to make any waves in this year's Winter Olympics.
Hmm, veteran leadership and goal tending. These are the same key ingredients required for a team to win a Stanley Cup. Olympic gold is earned the same way.
Though some would say that Finland's improbable run to the gold medal game in 2006 makes their chances of getting there again in 2010 less than optimal (citing the lightning-never-strikes-twice cliche), their chances this year may actually be better.
Unlike the Canadians, Russians, and Swedes, Finland is an underdog heading into their first game against Belarus on Wednesday. However, these lions have plenty of bite in them and should not be so easily overlooked as potential gold medal winners.
Five players in particular will give Finland an excellent chance of taking gold for the first time in team history.