You didn’t think I’d leave out Pekka Rinne, did you? That would be blasphemy. Rinne just doesn’t seem to slow down as his career is over a decade long. It’s almost as if he keeps getting better, instead of letting father time catch up.
Rinne would spearhead a Finland team that has a fairly good chance of getting a medal, and maybe even making the gold medal game. With Rinne between the pipes, Finland would be a dark horse to win the gold. That’s how much I think of Rinne, and how locked in he would be to represent his native land.
What’s really cool for Rinne and this year’s Olympics is that he’ll be cheering on brother, who will be playing for Finland, per a New York Times piece by Andrew Knoll. We all know Rinne is as classy as they come, but it has to be tough for him to miss out on representing his nation as one of the best goaltenders in the world. His quote to Rexrode of The Tennessean sums it up: “That’s always been my dream”.