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Finnish national team player Joakim Miller is doing the history of sports in North America: a violation of the boundaries of the peak popular in the sport - this is Not just änäriliksoihin away

Finnish Joakim Miller is ready to do lately in north american sports history, but his name does not necessarily say a large Finnish audience to much. Since 2012

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Finnish national team player Joakim Miller is doing the history of sports in North America: a violation of the boundaries of the peak popular in the sport - this is Not just änäriliksoihin away
Finnish Joakim Miller is ready to do lately in north american sports history, but his name does not necessarily say a large Finnish audience to much. Since 2012 the Finnish national team played Joakim Miller (left) is ready to take the first steps into a professional league NLL. TIINA TURKEY

the 26-year-old from the starting-Joakim Miller headed to the new continent for the first time three years ago. Since 2008, Turku Titans, lacrosse played by the Finnish company at the time, broke into the trough lacrosse (box lacrosse) pro league (NLL) play the Vancouver Stealthin the crew.

the Goal of the 23 players fit for the, however, remained a dream, and in front was the return to Finland.

– Box was then time for a new thing not only in Finland also in european circles. I was then played the box only for a while, and I wasn't as a player yet so intelligent. Also physically I was much weaker than today. In many areas there was room for improvement, 198 feet tall and about 100 pounds, Miller once in the newspaper.

Big in size despite very moving, as a defender player, Miller has played in the sandbox with the Finnish national team since 2012. The national team season he got a new spark and enthusiasm to develop himself as a player even further.

national coach Tracey Kelusky and Neil Doddridge are probably ykkössyy that I left the box on the side to develop. They're canadian, and they get all the possible advice which success is required.

the paper in miller's large and fast-footed defense. TIINA TURKEY

Keluskyn through Miller also received a new opportunity for the NLL. Team the pilot acts as an assistant coach in the league this season raised in the Philadelphia Wings and he wanted to credit players according to the team.

– Come here 13. December. The season opener game has been played already, and we took the scarce jacket Buffalo Banditsin. I didn't play in that game, because I had just come. Take your own time, that to learn how a team will play and what kind of players there to find, Miller said.

– Quite a lot is during the first week to do. In that sense all is well, that you will find a roof over your head. Follow the treatment everything possible to work out related to. Some paperwork will need to visit there and here.

the paper war is miller's more than understandable, for he is the NLL on debuting the first Finnish - and to know also the first european player, who has played in that league.

– Pretty much new in this is also for the organization. The paper show the amount has been between quite. Is supposed to just stop by and see how things go forward.

club side new learning has brought relief in the fact that the Wings are owned the same company as the city's NHL-the pride of the Flyers.

Their organization is a little help, when there Finnish and european players are more familiar with.

Return to philly pan lacrosse is hockey the way the action-packed sport, which comes at times quite properly. TIINA TURKEY

the Wings returned to the NLL-map for this season. The second expansion team was the San Diego Seals, and a total of teams is now 11.

the Wings were one of the four original team in 1987 began at the NLL's predecessor, the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League. The club was involved in always until 2014, but then the organization moved to Connecticut and it is now known as the New England Black Wolves.

There was something about the economy problems, but now the club really came back, Miller told reporters.

the Team will play home games at the Wells Fargo Center where the Flyers play their own NHL-matches. Out a playable version of the way the platform is artificial turf, not ice. Also, the Wings exercise a day is the same as the Flyer.

– They have two rinks, and we have our own artificial grass trough next to it.

Wells Fargo can accommodate ice hockey and lacrosse matches over 19 000 spectators. Wings in the season's first home match drew to the gallery over 11 000 pairs of eyes.

Philadelphia is an amazing city, and the fans are still city better. It shows that the people love hockey, lacrosse and american football, Miller praise.

– Do those viewership just yet NHL-read to compare to, but after all, it is the Finnish standards of the time, a significant number of people.


the NLL season lasts from December to June. The teams are divided into two divisions. Each team will play the regular season to 18 matches, and on come the playoffs, with the first rounds are played at once across the method, for the national championship with two wins.

the Wings play the other five on the east coast with the team in the eastern division. The longest game journey is the away match to Georgia Swarmia against. The round trip length of over 2000 miles.

– game trip goes largely fly. Part of wants to drive themselves on the ground, but for the most part goes flying. No team, however, anything of my own machine yet, Miller said, and says with a laugh.

Short presence despite Miller's during the week learn how to catch up league training culture and customs.

– crazy rhythms I have not yet had time to get to train you, but yes every day to work out at least once. If it's not physical, it is a game for video watching, and other teams to observe. Every day I have to do the hard work that here's doing.

As viewership for the show, the species is quite significant foothold in the native continent. Lacrosse has been in recent years one of North America's fastest-growing species, and it will play as adults and children alike.

the League's best players to pay substantial compensation.

–the total salary depends very much on how is branding himself and what type of player is. This is not now just yet any änäriliksoihin away, but I would say that the league's best make a follow through of about 50 000 dollars.

the Largest part of the total pot will be their own partnerships.

– When branding themselves properly and have all the possible agreements with manufacturers, the money started coming in.

Part of the NLL-league players play in the summer season in the outfield playing in the (field lacrosse) MLL-in the league.

– There are players who play just to play, there are players who play both. On a general level you could say that canadians like more of a sandbox, the yankees springfield.

But yes, both will play both. The choice depends entirely on the player and style of play.

Throughout the season in front of

Miller hopes he's part of the team in the assembly, when the season continued 29. December playable away by last season's finalists in the Rochester knight hawks.

If this happens, he makes - such as the case mentioned at the beginning of the species history, but the great thrill is not yet in the air.

– the Configuration to clear the game board of the week. I will do everything that I had in the assembly as soon as possible. However, I have only just come here, and I need to learn a little more about the players and develop chemistry.

It is certain, however, that I'm here to the end of the season. It, how much will I get playing time, remains to be seen, but very promising look about it.

pan lacrossessa is very much the same features as in hockey. NLL-league matches played in this picture by way of derogation from the artificial turf surface. TIINA TURKEY

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