Ever since the NHL announced that they would not send their players to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics, many fans have wondered whether they would even bother to watch men’s hockey during this year’s games.
For Dallas Stars fans, they may have found a reason to pay attention to men’s hockey today for a different reason other than patriotism.
Prospect Miro Heiskanen was named to the Finnish Olympic roster today. While the NHL isn’t allowing current players to play in the Olympics, that decision isn’t going to block young, exciting prospects such as Heiskanen from going.
Heiskanen recently represented Finland during the World Junior Championships last month, and has posted 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in 20 games played in the Liiga this season. He’s playing big minutes against men that are much more mature physically than his 18-year-old body, and is generally considered to be one of the best defensemen of his age.
Inclusion on the Olympic roster can only help to further his game, as he continues to compete against some of the best in the country. It also gives Stars fans a chance to see him play when we aren’t able to watch Liiga games that often.
Does the inclusion of a Stars prospect change your rooting interest when it comes to the 2018 Winter Olympics men’s hockey tournament? Will you be more likely to watch Finland’s games than other games that do not include Team USA or Finland?