The pressure of being the youngest Finnish forward to represent his country at the 2012 World Junior Championship never got the best of forward Aleksander Barkov.
In fact Barkov, who was one of only four 1995-born players participating at the 2012 WJC, became the youngest Finnish player to ever score a goal at the tournament. At 16 years and four months, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound center made history when he connected for the decisive goal in an 8-5 victory against Slovakia in the quarterfinal round.
Barkov finished with one goal and four points in seven games for fourth-place Finland at the 2012 tournament, which was held in Edmonton and Calgary.
"It was a great experience and it was nice to score a goal against Slovakia," Barkov told NHL.com. "The best hockey experience ever was that tournament."