May 17, 2006

Finland’s Niittymaki out of world hockey championship

RIGA (Reuters) - Finland's number one netminder Antero
Niittymaki has been ruled out of the world ice hockey
championship with a thigh injury.

Niittymaki was named most valuable player at the Turin
Olympics after posting three shutouts to lead Finland to a
silver medal. He sustained the injury during the second period
of a 4-2 qualification round loss to Canada on Monday.

The Philadelphia Flyers netminder is expected to be
sidelined for three to five weeks, team officials said on
Wednesday. Fredrik Norrena will take over as Finland's

(Writing by Steve Keating in Riga)