December 4, 2008 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Saskatoon Blades
Saskatoon Blades defenseman Jyri Niemi, from Hameenkyro, FIN, will be representing his country along with the Saskatoon Blades at the upcoming 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa, ON. Niemi has appeared in 22 games this season, registering 1 goal and 8 assists for 9 points. Last season, as a rookie, Niemi recorded 14 goals and 20 assists in 49 games. Niemi is known for having one of the hardest shots in the entire CHL. Jyri was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will kick off on Friday, December 26th with Canada squaring off against the Czech Republic and Finland facing team Sweden.
Team Finland Preliminary Round Schedule:
Dec. 26th - vs. Sweden
Dec. 28th - vs. Russia
Dec. 30th - vs. Latvia
Dec. 31st - vs. Slovakia
Team Canada Preliminary Round Schedule:
Dec. 26th - vs. Czech Republic
Dec. 28th - vs. Kazakhstan
Dec. 29th - vs. Germany
Dec. 31st - vs. USA
Meanwhile, tickets to the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship, set to be hosted in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon/Regina) are still available. To purchase your tickets to the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship call 1-800-970-SEAT (7328)