Watch it once, that is enough. Finland lost one of its veteran contributors on the first day of the world junior championship when Miro Aaltonen's right ankle bent in a way that ankles are not meant to bend.
Aaltonen, who plays for the Espoo Blues in the Finnish Elite League, was working on a three-point game in the third period when he was checked by Latvia's Pauls Zvirbulis while breaking out of his own zone. All of his weight came down on the right ankle; suffice to say, his tournament is over and his season could be, too.
The play comes 30 seconds into the TSN recap.
Finland finished fourth in last season's tournament after losing star defenceman Olli Maatta to a concussion in its tournament opener. It will have to overcome a similar challenge. Group A rival Sweden, of course, is also missing four eligible defencemen due to injuries.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 26, 2012
I just woke up my entire house screaming at the Miro Aaltonen replay. #holyanklerollbatman
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_CTV) December 26, 2012
— Grant Sonier (@GPSHOCKEY) December 26, 2012
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