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Dear English speakers, this is the Complete HockeyFinnish101, so far*.
Perusteet - Basics
1. Jääkiekko, lätkä = ice hockey, biggest sport in Finland. “Lätkä” refers to the shape of puck.
2. Höntsä = shinny, free-flowing game, preferably outdoors.
3. Kiekko = a puck. Finnish word “kiekko” also means discus in track and field.
4. Maila = a stick. Also lots of other expressions for stick in hockey slang.
5. Maali = a goal or net, both the physical object and the result of scoring. Something Finns don’t really know how to do.
6. Luistin, luistella, luistelu = a skate, to skate, skating. Good skaters have “hyvä jalka” (see number 32), sounds stupid in any language.
7. Kaukalo = rink. The Finnish word also happens to mean a trough for pigs/cows. These two things are close, have yo admit.
8. Syöttö, syöttää = a pass, to pass. In Finland it’s relevant for a team to build minimum 3-pass “chains”. Scoring is not.
9. Lämäri = Slapshot (or the best hockey movie ever), officially “lyöntilaukaus”. The verb is “lämätä”, pronounce that!
10. Rannari = wristshot, officially “rannelaukaus”. Things have never been the same since Jari Kurri retired.
11. Laukaus, laukaista = a shot, to shoot. Something they should really teach more.
12. taklaus, taklata = a hit, to hit. You’ll get suspended for doing that on purpose in Finland.
13. Pelikielto = a suspension. For those bad guys who hit hard or drop their gloves on purpose. Also “kakku”, ie. a cake.
14. Maalivahti, molari, veskari = a goalie. Goalies are a little crazy, and for some reason we produce a lot of good goalies.
15. Puolustaja, pakki = defenseman. Your average Finnish D is “peruspakki”, ie. stay-at-home D with no puckhandling skills.
16. Laitahyökkääjä, laituri = a winger. “Laituri” also means a wharf/platform at shores/stations.
17. Keskushyökkääjä, sentteri = a center. Not to be mixed with the act of “näyttää sentteriä”, which means giving the finger.
18. Pelaaja, peluri, pelimies = a player. A real “pelimies” will always score, at least at local night clubs.
19. Valmentaja, koutsi= a coach, the most important man in Finnish hockey. Successful “mestarivalmentaja” translates as God.
20. Tuomari = referee, aka “nuija” (moron), “seepra” (zebra) or “puusilmä” (wooden eye). Kerry Fraser would be king here.
Pohjolan erikoisuudet - Northern exposure
21. Poika = The Boy. Finnish championship trophy, officially called the Canada Bowl, donated by Canadian hockey people in the 1950’s.
22. Pelikirja = playbook. According the “analysts”, the essence of it all. The only thing that a coach needs to win. (sidenote: something more than just tactics, or strategy. And in the Finnish tradition of over-coaching, something much more important (apparently) than the players).
23. Sota-alue = war zone. Known as the slot elsewhere, but Finnish hockey scene loves war-related metaphors. Yes, it’s sick.
24. Kiima = heat, rut. The state that Finnish hockey players must reach to be ready for a game. Yes, we really are sick.
25. Pitkä kiekko = the long puck, or icing as you might call it. Finland has the no-touch icing.
26. (Ajaa) puun takaa = (to drive/hit) from behind a tree. A beautiful, blindsided open-ice hit. Oldtimers’ stories.
27. Perstaklaus = ass check, or hip check, Kasparaitis-style. Mostly folklore these days.
28. Lättysyöttö = a pancake pass, sort of. Also known as saucer pass. Some say Finnish C Raimo Helminen invented it.
29. Vanhanaikainen = the old-fashioned (goal). Don’t really know what’s so old-fashioned about scoring on a wrap-around.
30. Paluukiekko, ripari = a return puck, or rebound. Jesus saves, and Finns don’t score on the rebound, which leads us to…
31. Maksaa hintaa = to pay the price. According the coaches, you got to pay the price, if you want to score on the “war zone”.
32. Hyvä jalka = good leg(s). Team can’t win, if it doesn’t have “good leg”. That means skating hard, which leads us to…
33. Lentokeli = (good) flying weather. If the team is skating well, it happens to have a good “flying weather”.
34. Seinäsyöttö = a wall pass, also known as give and go. So strange to call a fine passing play with such a passive term.
35. Kultakypärä = a golden helmet. In the Finnish league the team’s scoring leader wears a gold-paint helmet. Nice target.
36. Rystyvippi = a backhand chip, can’t call it a decent shot often. “Rysty” refers directly to the back side of the hand. (sidenote: rystynen = a knuckle, we don’t use those much)
37. Pilkkiä = the act ice fishing (a winter pastime), refers to a linesman who can’t decide whether to drop the puck or not.
38. Läpiajo = a breakthrough, or breakaway, where a player breaks in alone and shoots the puck straight at the goalie.
39. Kahvata = that would be hooking, the term “kahva” refers to handle/grip. We used to love “kahvakiekko” as a game plan.
Kehtaako näitä edes kertoa - Yeah, we really do say that…
40. Jarruketju = the braking line, the 4th line which exists to destroy most beautiful things in hockey, which leads us to…
41. Rotta = the rat, a prototype of irritating 4th line player. TPS once perfected this so they had the Rat line.
42. Luukkuvahti = the gateguard, second goalie. In Finland, his traditional job is to open the gate to guys coming to bench. (sidenote: In Europe, benches are bigger and goalies usually have room to sit normally among other players)
43. Penailu = mikemilburing, the traditional way of running a hockey club (messing up thigns). Refers to legendary HIFK GM Pentti “Pena” Matikainen.
44. Upin Akatemia = You call it the Finnish goalie factory, but most decent goalies are trained by Urpo “Upi” Ylönen in Turku.
45. Tasavajaa = evenly incomplete, or playing four-on-four (although only on penalty situations, not on overtime).
46. Ylivoima, alivoima = overpower, underpower. That would be power play and penalty kill. PP also known as “forced play”.
47. Mylly = a mill, ie. a decent on-ice fight. Good term since most fights seen in Finnish hockey are kind of Seminesque.
48. Tiputtaa hanskat = to drop the gloves, “hanskata” (to glove?) is a verb for fighting.
49. Joukkotappelu = that would be a bench-clearing brawl. We see those on YouTube, probably never seen one in Finland.
50. Ylämummo = the upper granny. Means shooting the puck into the top corner of the net, doesn’t make sense even to Finns. (sidenote: made famous by the “legendary” Timo Jutila, former defenseman turned into a tv commentator. Nowadays spends his time with the national team, nobody knows why.)
51. Voittomaalikilpailu = winning goal contest. Everybody else just calls it a shootout (to decide a regular season tie).
52. Viedä kahville = to take someone to have a coffee, ie. to deke a D/G out of his pants. Coffee is sometimes served with a bun.
53. Pommi, miina = a bomb, a mine, ie. a thunderous hit. You see, we really love that war-related sports rhetoric.
54. Kesätreeni = summer training. Something you shouldn’t be doing now, but Finnish teams practice together at summertime. (sidenote: the Finnish PA has managed to negotiate a few weeks of obligatory summer vacation for league playes.)
55. Peiliin katsominen = looking into a mirror. When a team has sucked, it’s always a place to take a look into a mirror. (sidenote: mostly they stare at game videos, though, a lot).
56a. (In honor of todays biggest news, July 1st 2010) Kurpitsapää = Pumpkinhead. You guessed it, that’s Olli Jokinen, aka “the Chief”.
56b. HockeyFinnish101 Special edition: how to draw Olli Jokinen. http://bit.ly/5XphN7
57. Lätkävaimo = a hockey wife. Just some ordinary WAG, Katerina Jokinen needs a term of her own.
58. Tupu-Hupu-Lupu -ketju = The Huey-Dewey-Louie line. More important names, national team line Jere Lehtinen, Saku Koivu and Ville Peltonen
59. Torilla tavataan = See you at the market place. Finnish equivalent to championship parade, which brings us to…
60. MM95 = World champions 1995, the only time for Team Finland. Had a huge party at a market place in Stockholm, Sweden, where the games were played.
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* Joitakin alkuperäisiä viserryksiä on muokattu tai selitetty tarpeen tullen tarkemmin./Some of the original tweets have been edited slightly or been explained on sidenotes.