Ilves forward Marko Anttila, 36, has been included in Finland’s preliminary team that prepares for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and takes part in the Czech Hockey Games this week. Another member of the Ilves’ bronze-winning team called up to the national team is goaltender Marek Langhamer, 27, who joined the Czech national team.
Marko Anttila joined Ilves from Jokerit at the end of February. The forward recorded 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 10 regular season games and 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 14 playoffs games for Ilves. Anttila was part of the Finnish team that won gold at the Beijing olympics in February. The team’s alternate captain scored 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 5 games in the tournament.
Czech goaltender Marek Langhamer played 26 regular season games and 13 playoffs games in his first season with Ilves. His saving percentage was 90,83 in the regular season and 93,26 in the playoffs. In March Ilves announced Langhamer’s contract extension that covers the 2022–2023 season.
The Czech Euro Hockey Tour tournament, which is called the Czech Hockey Games, will be played on 28 April – 1 May. The hosts will be joined by Finland, Sweden and Austria.
The national teams’ next meeting takes place at Sweden’s Euro Hockey Tour tournament Beijer Hockey Games. Austria is replaced by Switzerland in the tournament that will be played on 5–8 May. Finland’s first game against Switzerland takes place at Nokia Arena, Tampere on Thursday 5 May.
The 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be played on 13–29 May 2022 in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.
Czech Hockey Games schedule
18:30 Finland – Czechia
20:00 Austria – Sweden (played in Wien)
13:00 Austria – Finland
17:00 Czechia – Sweden
13:00 Sweden – Finland
17:00 Czechia – Austria