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Finland turns to KHL to replace injured stars

Jarkko Immonen during Finland's Men's Ice Hockey Team's practice session in Sochi.

"Now that Finland has named Jarkko Immonen and Sakari Salminen as Olympic replacements for Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula, the Finns are using almost as many Kontinental Hockey League players as the Russians.

The Russian breakdown is ten KHL players and 15 NHLers, while the Finns are going with 14 NHLers, eight KHLers and three players from the Finnish Elite League.

That's not what the Finns anticipated when the selection process began. Losing Koivu and Filppula was a major blow for Finland, the only country to win three medals since NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998..."

USA Today. 8 February KEVIN ALLEN
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