Thank You Finland

Finland is a country in the Scandinavian part of Europe with a very small population of just a little over 5 million. According to the World Audit Democracy profile, Finland is the freest nation in the world in terms of civil liberties, freedom of the press, low corruption levels and political rights.[5] Finland is rated the sixth most peaceful country in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The mother nation of Finns has given us so much, that I want to thank Finland for :

  • Great hard rock / metal bands like Children Of Bodom, The Rasmus, Lordi, Nightwish & HIM
  • Footballers like Jarri Litmanen, Sami Hyypia, Mikael Forsell & Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • Mika Häkkinen, who won the F1 championship twice, Kimi Räikkönen, Marcus Grönholm & Tommi Mäkinen in Motor Sports
  • NHL players like Teemu Selanne, Sami Salo, Vesa Toskala, Jaari Kurri, Kari Lehtonen, Saku Koivu, Miikka Kiprusoff & Olli Jokinen
  • NOKIA phones
  • Linus Torvalds for Linux & Jarkko “WiZ” Oikarinen for IRC

Sean Burke Retires

NHL goaltender Sean Burke officially retired Tuesday after nearly 20 years in the league. Burke spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, and played for nine teams during his career, which also included playing for Canada in the 1988 Olympics. Selected 24th overall in the 1985 draft, Burke reached the NHL near the end of the 1987-88 season with the New Jersey Devils.

Burke, 40, also was with Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix and Tampa Bay. Burke, who played on three All-Star teams, finishes with 820 games played (12th among goalies), 324 wins (19th) and 38 shutouts (sixth).