In a normal year, the NHL hockey booking event would have been held in June, and the top of the booked players would have gone to North America for training camps in the fall.
At best, Anton Lundell would already be on the iceberg, but due to the shaky annual clock, HIFK and the Finnish national team under the age of 20 will be able to enjoy the services of the striker.
Lundell knows what it takes to win in value tournaments.
In the spring of 2018, he achieved the Under-18 World Championships and the following winter, the Under-20 World Championships.
Lundell and defender Ville Heinola are the brightest stars of the Finnish team in advance in the World Championships for under-20s starting in Edmonton on the night before Killing Day.
- The goal is to win gold.
If someone doesn’t want to win, be in the wrong place.
Nice to get to play against the world's top players, Lundell, one of the top in his age group, predicts.
The Florida Panthers booked a booking event for the Lundell NHL in October as the 12th player.
During the fall, Lundell made a devastating mark as HIFK's number one center, scoring 12 + 8 = 20 in 17 league matches.
- Good feeling.
I've been able to go forward and help the team.
We have won games.
I have had very success and I am pleased with the initial period.
Lundell was the captain of HIFK in one match and will also receive an honorary position in the Finnish World Cup team.
The attacker, who turned 19 at the beginning of October, can handle the pressure amazingly well.
- Expectations and pressures belong to this species.
HIFK has high expectations every season.
Fans expect success and successes, but with pressure you have to learn to live.
The pressures must be converted into energy.
It’s nice that people are interested in hockey and our games, Lundell sees.
In addition to winning, Lundell has also been properly matured with disappointments.
A year ago, the World Championships for under-20s were missed due to a hand injury.
It was also disappointing in the spring 2019 World Championships for under-18s, where the reigning world champion Finland fell in the semi-finals.
Anton Lundell at the 18-year-old World Championships in spring 2019. Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva
The preparation period for this year's World Championships was special, when Finland did not play international matches in the autumn.
Instead of the World Cup camp, the players practiced in small groups.
Lundell believes the Team Game is still well found.
- It's not hard to find the right rhythm.
We’ve been playing on our teams all fall and we know each other from the national team.
We have a good and offensive team.
Canada is a bad opponent and playing in their home trough, Lundell mentioned in the opening block, also an upcoming pre-match.
NHL training camps are expected to begin at the turn of the year and a few weeks later in the season.
Florida is closely following the excerpts of its Finnish reservation at the World Cup, but Lundell assures that his focus will be on the national team and then again at HIFK.
- The goal is to go far with HIFK and win the championship, Lundell acknowledged the curiosity about the plans for the spring season.