I remember my last season in Finland, the venue of this year’s championship. The year was 2008 and with Kärpät Oulu we mastered the basic part quite confidently. We defended the title.

At the beginning of the quarterfinals, we gave Ilves at home, by the way the team from Tampere, twice seven. They still played in the old hall, we got a locker room of the competing Tappara, with whom they shared the stadium.

After losing 0: 3 in the fourth match, the series was suddenly leveled. About an hour after midnight we landed in Oulu and the coach drove us to the stadium. We threw our bags into the locker room and went to a meeting.

Then Kari Jalonen began to speak.

It was a memorable scene.

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