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TPS or Turun Palloseura is an ice hockey team and 10-time champion of SM-liiga and 1-time champion of SM-sarja. They play in Turku, Finland, at the Gatorade Center. In terms of championships, TPS is the all-time most successful team in the 1975-founded SM-liiga alongside with Tappara which also has 10 titles.

TPS
HC TPS logo.svg
CityTurku
LeagueLiiga
Founded1922 (1922)
Home arenaGatorade Center
ColoursBlack, white
         
Owner(s)TPS Turku ry (37%)
VMP Oy
Miikka Kiprusoff
TS-Yhtymä
Mikko and Saku Koivu
General managerSanttu Jokinen
Head coachKalle Kaskinen
CaptainLauri Korpikoski
Championships1956, 1976, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010
Websitehc.tps.fi
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Franchise history
1922–presentTPS
Active departments of
Turun Palloseura
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Floorball Football Ice hockey

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Team historyEdit

TPS was established in 1922 as Turun Palloseura, from which the acronym derives. The club began ice hockey activities after 1929. Today, the full name of the company that owns the ice hockey team is HC TPS Turku Oy.

TPS has won the Finnish Championship in ice hockey 11 times: 1956, 1976, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2010. Only Tampere teams Ilves and Tappara have won more titles when SM-sarja also counts. Coach Hannu Jortikka led the club to a total of six championships in 1989–91 and 1999–2001. TPS have also won 2 Finnish Cups, a European Cup: 1994, a European Hockey League: 1997 and a Super Cup in 1997.

Vladimir Yurzinov used to be the coach of TPS in 1992–98. The team is currently coached by Kalle Kaskinen.

NHL players from TPS include Saku Koivu, Mikko Koivu, Miikka Kiprusoff, Sami Salo, Petteri Nummelin, Niko Kapanen, Jere Lehtinen, Rasmus Ristolainen, Antero Niittymäki, Lauri Korpikoski, Mikko Rantanen and others.

 
TPS Finnish championship party (2010).

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated September 25, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
20   Niklas Friman D L 25 2011 Rauma, Finland
40   Niko Karhu D L 26 2012 Turku, Finland
10   Otto Karvinen RW L 29 2014 Vantaa, Finland
26   Miro Keskitalo D L 23 2014 Vantaa, Finland
60   Tero Koskiranta (A) C L 34 2012 Paimio, Finland
56   Rasmus Kulmala LW L 24 2011 Alastaro, Finland
17   Tadas Kumeliauskas C R 28 2013 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
19   Ryan Lasch RW R 32 2014 Lake Forest, California
35   Teemu Lassila G L 36 2014 Helsinki, Finland
55   Teemu Lämsä C R 23 2013 Turku, Finland
54   Mikko Lehtonen D L 25 2011 Turku, Finland
46   Jasper Lindsten C L 24 2012 Salo, Finland
63   Niclas Lucenius C L 30 2013 Turku, Finland
4   Tomas Mojzis D L 37 2014 Kolín, Czechoslovakia
87   Jakub Nakladal D R 31 2014 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
3   Petteri Nummelin (C) D L 46 2014 Turku, Finland
84   Ilkka Pikkarainen RW R 38 2014 Sonkajärvi, Finland
47   Matias Pulli D R 24 2013 Raisio, Finland
96   Mikko Rantanen RW L 22 2012 Nousiainen, Finland
45   Niklas Salo F L 24 2013 Somero, Finland
22   Markus Seikola D R 37 2013 Laitila, Finland
70   Radek Smolenak LW L 32 2014 Prague, Czechoslovakia
29   Matias Sointu LW L 29 2013 Tampere, Finland
32   Lauri Tukonen (A) LW R 32 2014 Hyvinkää, Finland
27   Marko Virtala (A) C/RW L 34 2010 Uusikaupunki, Finland
25   Veli-Matti Vittasmäki D L 28 2008 Turku, Finland
18   Julius Vähätalo C/LW L 24 2013 Vahto, Finland


StaffEdit

Honored numbersEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Seasonal historyEdit

Season by Season records
Season GP W L D OTW P GF GA Coach Final position
1940–41 7 0 7 0 0 0 5 23 8th
1941–42 No season completed due to war
1942–43 7 5 1 1 0 11 23 9 2nd
1943–44 7 5 1 1 0 11 29 8 No season completed due to war
1944–45 8 5 2 1 0 11 27 17 4th
1945–46 8 3 4 1 0 7 30 48 6th
1946–47 8 3 5 0 0 6 42 76 6th
1947–48 6 0 6 0 0 0 12 74 7th
1948–49 Didn't compete on the top level
1949–50 Didn't compete on the top level
1950–51 Didn't compete on the top level
1951–52 Didn't compete on the top level
1952–53 10 7 3 0 0 14 53 38 Bronze
1953–54 8 5 2 1 0 11 38 29 4th
1954–55 8 6 1 1 0 13 45 17 Esko Pekkalainen Silver
1955–56 8 6 2 0 0 12 31 28 Pentti Lumikko Gold
1956–57 8 6 2 0 0 12 40 22 Esko Pekkalainen Silver
1957–58 8 3 3 2 0 8 43 39 Esko Pekkalainen 4th
1958–59 18 9 8 1 0 19 67 53 Esko Pekkalainen 5th
1959–60 18 8 7 3 0 19 68 81 Esko Pekkalainen 6th
1960–61 18 8 5 5 0 21 73 58 4th
1961–62 18 5 12 1 0 11 52 65 9th
1962–63 Didn't compete on the top level Norwel Olsen
1963–64 18 7 10 1 0 15 80 60 Norwel Olsen 8th
1964–65 18 9 7 2 0 20 51 63 Pertti Nieminen 4th
1965–66 20 10 7 3 0 23 66 58 Pertti Nieminen 4th
1966–67 22 15 6 1 0 31 91 56 Pertti Nieminen Silver
1967–68 20 5 13 2 0 12 64 82 10th
1968–69 Didn't compete on the top level Rauli Virtanen
1969–70 22 13 5 4 0 30 107 67 4th
1970–71 22 6 14 2 0 14 71 101 9th
1971–72 32 17 13 2 0 36 141 104 Juhani Wahlsten 7th
1972–73 36 9 22 5 0 23 126 182 Matias Helenius 9th
1973–74 36 10 20 6 0 26 133 179 Matias Helenius 8th
1974–75 36 15 17 4 0 34 153 156 Reima Särös 5th
1975–76 36 25 6 5 0 55 194 113 Raimo Määttänen Gold
1976–77 36 23 10 3 0 49 187 129 Raimo Määttänen Silver
1977–78 36 22 11 3 0 47 180 123 Raimo Määttänen Bronze
1978–79 36 18 14 4 0 40 144 123 Raimo Määttänen Bronze
1979–80 36 26 6 4 0 56 210 123 Raimo Määttänen 4th
1980–81 36 22 9 5 0 49 213 141 Juhani Wahlsten Bronze
1981–82 36 23 7 6 0 52 180 120 Juhani Wahlsten Silver
1982–83 36 18 13 5 0 41 145 131 Juhani Wahlsten 5th
1983–84 37 23 13 1 0 47 150 117 Matti Keinonen 4th
1984–85 36 24 10 2 0 50 163 124 Matti Keinonen Silver
1985–86 36 18 13 5 0 41 153 139 Juhani Tamminen 4th
1986–87 44 22 16 6 0 50 198 194 Juhani Tamminen 4th
1987–88 44 22 19 3 0 47 206 182 Juhani Tamminen 5th
1988–89 44 29 10 5 0 63 209 120 Hannu Jortikka Gold
1989–90 44 31 10 3 0 65 175 100 Hannu Jortikka Gold
1990–91 44 27 12 5 0 59 168 109 Hannu Jortikka Gold
1991–92 44 29 14 1 0 59 181 153 Hannu Jortikka 5th
1992–93 48 28 12 8 0 64 178 138 Vladimir Yurzinov Gold
1993–94 48 34 14 0 0 68 227 124 Vladimir Yurzinov Silver
1994–95 50 30 17 3 0 63 219 149 Vladimir Yurzinov Gold
1995–96 50 33 12 5 0 71 216 141 Vladimir Yurzinov Silver
1996–97 50 32 11 7 0 71 191 105 Vladimir Yurzinov Silver
1997–98 48 30 12 6 0 66 162 111 Vladimir Yurzinov 5th
1998–99 54 37 10 7 0 81 179 107 Hannu Jortikka Gold
1999–00 54 39 10 5 0 83 232 118 Hannu Jortikka Gold
2000–01 56 36 16 4 0 76 186 115 Hannu Jortikka Gold
2001–02 56 32 21 3 0 69 154 111 Kari Jalonen 4th
2002–03 56 24 26 6 0 56 138 138 Kari Jalonen 8th
2003–04 56 35 14 7 0 80 169 112 Jukka Koivu Silver
2004–05 56 22 16 18 8 92 146 142 Jukka Koivu 6th
2005–06 56 14 23 19 11 72 119 135 Hannu Jortikka 10th
2006–07 56 23 22 11 6 86 167 155 Hannu Jortikka 9th
2007–08 56 18 27 11 2 67 130 164 Hannu Virta 10th
2008–09 58 21 27 10 7 80 133 159 Hannu Virta until Oct 2008, after that Kai Suikkanen 8th
2009–10 58 25 25 8 6 89 169 169 Kai Suikkanen Gold
2010–11 60 12 32 16 8 60 134 186 Heikki Leime until Oct 2010, then Riku-Petteri Lehtonen until Jan 2011, after that Jukka Koivu 13th
2011–12 60 21 30 9 6 78 134 180 Pekka Virta 10th
2012–13 60 12 28 20 8 64 144 181 Pekka Virta until Oct 2012, after that Juha Pajuoja 13th
GP=Games Played, W=Won, L=Lost, D=Draw, OTW=Wins after overtime/penalties, P=Points, GF=Goals for, GA=Goals against

HonoursEdit

ChampionsEdit

Runners-upEdit

  •  SM-liiga (11): 1943, 1955, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004
  •  SM-liiga (4): 1953, 1978, 1979, 1981
  •   SM-sarja (4): 1943, 1955, 1957, 1967
  •   SM-sarja (1): 1953

Finnish cupEdit

European CupEdit

SM-liiga player/coach awardsEdit

Best coachEdit

SM-liiga Best player of the season, MVP (voted by players)Edit

Best goalieEdit

Best defencemanEdit

League top goalscorerEdit

Most points in regular seasonEdit

Rookie of the seasonEdit

Best plus/minusEdit

Regular season MVP (trophy awarded by the league)Edit

Gentleman playerEdit

Playoffs MVPEdit

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Joukkue - TPS" (in Finnish). hc.tps.fi. Retrieved September 25, 2014.

External linksEdit