Passionate sports announcers are the best. It’s even better when it’s in a language you don’t understand and you’re forced to guess the words that are being exclaimed.
The hero in Game 7 of the second round for the Dallas Stars was no other than 24-year-old Finnish forward Joel Kiviranta, an undrafted free agent signing out of the Finnish league.
Kiviranta scored a hat trick in Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche to propel the Stars onto the Western Conference Final. The call of Kiviranta series-clincher and hat trick goal by Antti Mäkinen on the Finnish TV broadcast, Vsportsuomi, was phenomenal.
The Finnish goal call of Joel Kiviranta's hat trick goal is incredible pic.twitter.com/BfEjIZnmtC
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 4, 2020
The Stars team liked the passionate call so much that they even tweeted it out on their official Twitter account.
The Finnish call of Kivi’s incredible series-clincher is everything
(🎥 @BradyTrett) pic.twitter.com/H9NqCVELva
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 5, 2020
All three of Kiviranta’s goals are worth listening to in Finnish. Despite the great passion shown on the hat trick goal call, it was the second goal call by Mäkinen that has been making most of the headlines. “Joel f**king Kiviranta!” can be heard being shouted by Mäkinen on the second goal.
You may remember the passionate Mäkinen from his Finnish goal call of Joonas Donskoi’s overtime winner for the San Jose Sharks back in Game 3 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
One of Mäkinen other career highlights was his call of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s unbelievable diving save in Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins.
The Finnish broadcast call of Pekka Rinne’s diving save in Game 4 is awesome pic.twitter.com/VqN8ZMdNkD
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) June 6, 2017
If there’s ever a big play or goal by a Finnish hockey player in the NHL, try and track down the Finnish commentary of the play, because it rarely ever disappoints.