Foreign Tongues, Long Last Names, and Close to the Arctic Circle: Swedes & Finns in the NHL

Foreign Tongues, Long Last Names, and Close to the Arctic Circle: Swedes & Finns in the NHL

Hockey is often called 'Canada's game'. More players in the NHL come from Canada than any other nation. That being said, many players come from the USA, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, & Finland. Many talented players from both of these countries currently populate NHL rosters and that was also true as well in the past. Let's test your knowledge of these nordic pucksters!

What Finnish player scored the most goals last season?

What Finnish defenseman has the most career points?

What Finnnish goalie has the most all time wins?

After Henrik Lundqvist, what Swedish goalie ranks 2nd all time in wins and shutouts?

What Swedish goalie died in a car crash during his 5th NHL season in the mid 1980s?

Who was the 1st Swedish-born player to play in the NHL?

Who was the 1st Finnish goalie to play in the NHL?

11 of the top 12 single season point totals by a Finnish player were by Jari Kurri or Teemu Selanne. Who is the only other to crack the Top 12?

What Finnish player has the most points this season in the NHL so far?

What Finnish player had the most career points?

14 of the top 15 single season goal totals by a Finnish player were by Jari Kurri or Teemu Selanne. Who is the only other to crack the Top 15?

Which Swede had the most career penalty minutes (by far)?

What Swede scored 85 goals over 2 seasons for Montreal in the mid 1980s?

In terms of most games played in a season by a Finnish goalie, which one has 7 of the top 10 totals?

Who was the 1st Finnish Head Coach in the NHL?

What Swede ranks 1st in career goals and points?

Which of these Finns scored 73 points playing defense for the New York Rangers in the 1984-85 season?

6 Swedes had over 1000 career points. Who is NOT one of them?

What Swede ranks 1st in career assists?

What number did legendary Swede defenseman Borje Salming wear for Toronto?

Three Swedes have recorded 7 point games in the NHL. Who did NOT do that?

Which Swedish player has the most points in the NHL this season?

Which Swedish player had the most points in the NHL last season?

Who is the only Swede to ever score 50 or more goals in a single season?

Who is the only Swede to score 45 or more goals in a single season twice?

Foreign Tongues, Long Last Names, and Close to the Arctic Circle: Swedes & Finns in the NHL

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