Some really great follow-up features from the recent trip to Helsinki.
SISU is a TV show on YLE in Finland (their equivalent of the BBC). While the Hurricanes were in Helsinki, SISU did a "behind the scenes" feature from Hartwall Areena. SISU reporter Riku Riihilahti, assisted by our own Tuomo Ruutu, interviewed a number of Canes hockey operations staff including Wally Tatomir, Skip Cunningham, Bob Gorman, Chris Huffine and others.
The above link takes you to the TV show in its entirety. To watch the Canes segment, fast forward to about the 10-minute mark. The Canes feature is about 8 minutes long. It's half in Finnish, half in English, but well worth the watch. It's really interesting, and impressive, to see the complexity of what happens behind the scenes to support a hockey event, and the relative ease with which the staff seem to be able to pull it all together.
My favorite part is when Tuomo introduces Pete Friesen as the man who takes care of his guns.
It would be a fun exercise to count all the cameo appearances in the background, including the small army of Caniacs that were shown during the Hartwall practice session.
And speaking of Tuomo (as I often do), here's a well-hidden video interview with our good pal Tripp Tracy, courtesy of the FSCarolinas website. In which much sauna is discussed, along with some obvious pride from a native Finn about both his homeland and where he now calls his "second home" in North Carolina.
(side note, this one seems to have quite a lot of interesting background cameos as well)