Maybe all too well.
The cities of Helsinki and Tampere build plywood walls around their landmark fountains and statues to protect them from the celebratory gestures, such as climbing on top of them.
That didn’t help as the walls came down and the fans went up.
But just like every win is special, so is every celebration, and with the men’s senior team winning their first-ever medal in a tournament they hosted, there were several new twists in the way the fans got to show their love for their team during the official celebration event the day after the final.
Usual: 30,000 people showed up in Helsinki, most of them wearing blue and white jerseys
Unusual: The stage was now in Tampere, on the 1966 Hakametsä rink parking lot.
Usual: Air Force jets escort the team home from the Finnish border.
Unusual: Air Force jets did a fly-by over the Tampere celebration.
Usual: One staff member makes the headlines for an un-flattering reason
Unusual: No-one did.
“I want to thank everyone,” said Teemu Hartikainen, “especially all you fellow fishermen out there.”
Head coach Jukka Jalonen, a fan favourite, and the face of the team, got on the stage under an arch the players made with their hands. Jalonen, 59, has coached Finland to the gold medals in the World Juniors in 2016, the Worlds in 2011, 2019, and 2022, and the Olympics in 2022.
The second to last person to get on the stage was the tournament MVP, goalie Jussi Olkinuora and then, last but not least, it was time for Valtteri Filppula, the captain, to take his place on the stage, with the World Championship trophy in his hands.
Then it was time for the crowd to chant, “Suo-mi, Suo-mi, Suo-mi!” before everyone joined in to sing an 80s classic “Olen suomalainen” – (lit. “I’m Finnish”), a cover of an Italian song “L'italiano” – that lists all the attributes that make Finns Finns.
And hockey world champions.