#FormerColonialWatch: Meeri Räisänen wins bronze with Finland at world championships


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Meeri Räisänen took home bronze at the IIHF women’s world championships.

Owen Krepps

CALGARY, ALBERTA– On Tuesday, the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships concluded with Team Canada dramatically winning the gold medal. Team Finland, highlighted by RMU alumna Meeri Räisänen taking home the bronze medal after defeating Team Switzerland in the bronze medal game.

“Women’s worlds”, as it is often referred to, is a 10-team world championship tournament featuring the best of the best women’s hockey players from their respective countries battling out for a chance at the gold medal. Robert Morris has produced two world championship players in Räisänen and Brianne McLaughlin, both goaltenders.

Räisänen played one game for the Finns in the tournament, posting a .928 save percentage and a 3.00 GAA. In her lone season at RMU, she played in 15 games for the Colonials in 2010-11. This was her fifth appearance in women’s worlds and she served primarily as the backup goaltender behind Anni Kesisala.

In just a couple of months, preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be underway and Räisänen will look to make her third appearance for Team Finland. McLaughlin, who is retired from playing, will serve as the goaltending coach for Team USA.

Räisänen and McLaughlin are the only former student-athletes from any sport at Robert Morris that have gone on to become Olympians. McLaughlin is a two-time silver medalist and Räisänen is a one-time bronze medalist.