President Niinistö Gets a PAMA

The President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö is an avid hockey player. On February 9th, 2019 both Mr. Niinistö and PAMA attended the Save Pond Hockey tournament in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Niinistö came to talk with us by the PAMA tent, and we had the opportunity to give him one of our sticks, PAMA PHX Carbon – and a roll of hockey tape with it.

Mr. Niinistö was familiar with the story of PAMA, so we didn’t have to waste time explaining it. Instead, we discussed ice hockey and life in general.

On Monday evenings Mr. Niinistö goes to the local outdoor rink in Käpylä just to play with whoever happens to be there. The players of those sessions formed a team called Käpylän Maanantai, or “The Monday of Käpylä”. Mr. Niinistö has attended pond hockey tournaments as a member of the team.

This time, he played in the opening match of the tournament with 5-time Stanley Cup winner Jari Kurri, the greatest Russian defender ever Slava Fetisov, NHL alumni such as Sean Bergenheim, Ville Nieminen, Teppo Numminen, Niklas Hagman and local pond hockey enthusiasts such as Svante Suominen, president of Save Pond Hockey and Ale Lauraéus of Lalini.

Everybody enjoyed the relaxed event and several players, including Mr. Bergenheim and Mr. Lauraéus played with PAMA sticks.

– I’m going to tell my daughter that I took the puck from Mr. President and scored two goals against NHL players, said Mr. Lauraéus. 

Mr. Niinistö also scored 2 goals.

This time, he played in the opening match of the tournament with 5-time Stanley Cup winner Jari Kurri, the greatest Russian defender ever Slava Fetisov, NHL alumni such as Sean Bergenheim, Ville Nieminen, Teppo Numminen, Niklas Hagman and local pond hockey enthusiasts such as Svante Suominen, president of Save Pond Hockey and Ale Lauraéus of Lalini.

Everybody enjoyed the relaxed event and several players, including Mr. Bergenheim and Mr. Lauraéus played with PAMA sticks.

– I’m going to tell my daughter that I took the puck from Mr. President and scored two goals against NHL players, said Mr. Lauraéus. 

Mr. Niinistö also scored 2 goals.