An emerging star, Kiprusoff was named to Finland's World Cup
team on Tuesday. During the regular season, Kiprusoff posted a
24-10-4 record with a 1.69 goals-against average. In Calgary's
postseason run to the Stanley Cup Finals, he is 12-7 with a 1.90
Laaksonen, 30, had 12 goals and 14 assists in 77 games last
season for the Wild. The 6-foot, 180-pound left wing has 62 goals
and 68 assists in 361 career games with the Boston Bruins and the
The native of Tammela, Finland, helped his country win a silver
medal at the 2001 World Hockey Championships, registering two goals
and four assists in nine games.
Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, Florida Panthers captain
Olli Jokinen, Teemu Selanne of the Colorado Avalanche, Sami
Kapanen of the Philadelphia Flyers and Ville Nieminen of the
Flames are the top forwards for Finland.
Teppo Numminen of the Dallas Stars, a longtime veteran of
international competition, headlines a defense corps which also
features Kimmo Timonen of the Predators, Joni Pitkanen of the
Philadelphia Flyers, Ossi Vaananen of the Colorado Avalanche,
Sami Salo of the Vancouver Canucks, Aki Berg of the Toronto
Maple Leafs and Toni Lydman of the Flames.