Pelicans Victorious at Viima Tournament

Jan 4, 2023 | Peter Rossi

2008-born Finnish youth hockey team Pelicans celebrate winning the 2022 Viima Hockey Tournament.
Photo from Instagram | @juniorpelicansu15turkoosi

Juho Piiparinen, Luka Arkko named to All-Star Team

It was quite the successful run for the 2008-born Pelicans at the 2022 Viima Hockey Tournament in Helsinki, Finland. On top of nabbing the gold medal out of a field of top Finnish-ranked opponents, two of their players were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. 

The Pelicans were placed in Group A along with KalPa, Kärpät and Jokerit. Group B featured No. 1 HIFK, Kiekko-Espoo, No. 5 JYP and No. 6 TPS

The tournament started off rocky for the Pelicans, with a 3-1 loss to Jokerit and a 1-1 tie against KalPa. It seemed as if they were headed to a second straight defeat before defenseman Juho Piiparinen knotted the score late to salvage the tie. For his efforts in the game — and the tournament — Piiparinen was named top defenseman at the Viima Tournament.

After narrowly avoiding disaster, the Pelicans rattled off two straight victories over Kärpät and HIFK. That was enough to gain entry into the championship game. 

The finale provided a rematch with KalPa, this time with the gold medal on the line. 

And what a final game it was. 

After KalPa opened up a 2-0 lead, the Pelicans responded with goals about two minutes apart to even things up. In the second period, Joel Tolvanen would score his second goal of the game to put KalPa back in front, 3-2. However, the Pelicans’ leading scorer, Luka Arkko, used his fifth goal of the tournament to tie the game for a second time. 

Late in regulation, Arkko would add to his resume with his second goal of the match and the eventual game winner. Making the comeback all the more impressive was that the Pelicans managed to get four pucks past the top goaltender of the tournament, Kasper Koivunen. He had only let in four goals once in all of KalPa’s previous games. 

Arkko would finish the tournament with six goals and 11 points while teammate Piiparinen led all Pelicans defenders with three goals and four points.

With the Pelicans securing gold and KalPa earning a hard-fought silver, K-Espoo edged past HIFK, 4-3, for the bronze. 

All-Star Team honorees:


Kasper Koivunen, Kalpa


Juho Piiparinen, Pelicans

Nooa Järvenpää, Kiekko-Espoo


Luka Arkko, Pelicans

Oliver Torkki, HIFK

Eemil Saari, JYP

For more coverage of the top youth hockey tournaments around the world, follow WHH on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.




For 10% off your next order

Recent News

Follow Us

Latest Podcasts

Episode 79: Parents Paying, Switching Positions and a Voicemail
Episode 95: Life Stories with Steve Dubinsky
Episode 94: Hacks to Get Back To Hockey Season
Episode 91: What Junior Scouts Look For
Episode 223: Culture and team-building expert, Lee Elias
Episode 89: Three Things To Say To Your Kids Before They Step On The Ice

More Headlines

The Central Ontario Wolves celebrate winning the U16 Steve Richey Memorial Tournament of Champions.
Wolves edge Petes in tight-checking championship game
Luke Matthews, forward for 2006 born U.S. youth hockey team Chicago Mission takes to the ice.
‘06 Chicago, SSM set to close out season series
Travis Zajac salutes the crowd at a New Jersey Devils game at Prudential Center.
Former NHL forward steps behind the bench for youth team
Hudson Gill, defenseman for 2006-born U.S. youth hockey team Bishop Kearney Selects prepares for a faceoff.
Increased movement within U.S. rankings across multiple birth years
2009-born Swedish youth hockey team Nacka HK celebrates a Series A championship at the 2023 Göteborg Cup.
Nacka Survives and Advances through GIC
‘08 Vaughan Kings surrender just five goals against to win Silver Sticks