JYP Jyväskylä

JYP is an ice hockey team playing in the Finnish top division Liiga. They play in Jyväskylä, Finland, at the LähiTapiola Areena.

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CityJyväskylä, Finland
Founded1923 (1923)
Home arenaLähiTapiola Areena
ColoursRed, black, white
Owner(s)JYP Jyväskylä Oy
General managerRisto Korpela
Head coachPekka Tirkkonen
CaptainJani Tuppurainen
Affiliate(s)Boston Bruins
Farm club(s)KeuPa HT
Championships2009, 2012
Franchise history
1923–1977Jyväskylän Palloilijat
1977–presentJYP Jyväskylä


JYP was founded in 1923. First it was the ice hockey section of the sports club Jyväskylän Palloilijat until 1977. Then they separated from that sports club to be an independent hockey club called JyP HT. The current full name of the club is JYP Jyväskylä Oy, having been registered as an osakeyhtiö since 1999. JYP has won the Finnish SM-liiga twice, in 2009 and 2012, having been the losing side in the play-off finals in 1989 and 1992.

Early yearsEdit

JYP was founded in 1923 as Jyväskylän Palloilijat (Jyväskylä's Ballsport players in English). Originally the club was multi-sport club having competitive departments in football, pesäpallo (Finnish baseball), bandy and later ice hockey and basketball. In 1977 JyP divided due to financial reasons and ice hockey department began with new club, JyP HT (officially Jyväskylän Palloilijat Hockey Team) while football department formed JyP-77 (JJK Jyväskylä nowadays).

The new club started in I Division, the then-second tier of Finnish hockey. JyP HT promoted to the top tier for the 1985-86 SM-liiga season. With ambitious aims, they were fifth after regular season and surprisingly eliminated out of play-offs by only two points. At the next season, the target was in play-offs but seventh place was not enough. When the beginning of the third season was disappointment, head coach Erkka Westerlund – subsequently Finnish national team coach – got sacked.

Partnership with the Boston BruinsEdit

On 8 September 2010, JYP entered into a partnership agreement with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL), to enable player transfer and training between the two teams and their developmental systems.[1]


2020–21 rosterEdit

As of 30 January 2021[2][3]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
18   Joni Airo RW R 20 2020 Jyväskylä, Finland
36   Roni Allén D L 22 2017 Rovaniemi, Finland
14   Samuel Helenius C L 18 2020 Järvenpää, Finland
3   Anttoni Honka D R 20 2017 Jyväskylä, Finland
26   Jarkko Immonen C R 38 2017 Rantasalmi, Finland
70   Joni Jurmo D L 18 2020 Espoo, Finland
2   Valtteri Kakkonen D R 20 2019 Jyväskylä, Finland
39   Oskari Kalajanniska C L 21 2018 Haapajärvi, Finland
51   Antti Kalapudas C/LW L 24 2019 Oulainen, Finland
7   Mikko Kalteva D L 36 2012 Hyvinkää, Finland
52   Santeri Koskela F L 18 2020 Jyväskylä, Finland
8   Valtteri Koskela D L 18 2020 Jyväskylä, Finland
4   Kimi Kuusela D L 19 2019 Jyväskylä, Finland
95   Severi Lahtinen W L 22 2020 Vantaa, Finland
92   Brad Lambert C R 17 2020 Lahti, Finland
23   Ossi Louhivaara RW R 37 2016 Kotka, Finland
24   Aleksi Malinen D L 17 2020 Tuusula, Finland
6   Tomi Niku D L 19 2019 Jyväskylä, Finland
35   Niko Parkkinen G L 21 2019 Mikkeli, Finland
21   Patrik Puistola W L 20 2020 Tampere, Finland
88   Robert Rooba LW L 27 2016 Tallinn, Estonia
40   Markus Ruusu G L 23 2019 Jyväskylä, Finland
33   Mikko Salmio (A) W L 29 2020 Jämsä, Finland
9   Aleksi Salonen (A) D R 28 2020 Muurame, Finland
25   Patrik Siikanen LW/C L 20 2020 Espoo, Finland
27   Miska Siikonen (A) C/RW L 24 2019 Tampere, Finland
12   Jani Tuppurainen (C) LW L 40 2013 Oulu, Finland
32   Jerry Turkulainen RW R 22 2016 Mikkeli, Finland
17   Samuel Valkeejärvi C/RW L 19 2020 Jyväskylä, Finland
31   Veini Vehviläinen (L) G L 24 2020 Jyväskylä, Finland




European titlesEdit

European Trophy:

  •   Winners (1): 2013

Champions Hockey League:

  •   Winners (1): 2018

Notable playersEdit

Honored membersEdit

NHL alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Bruins Enter Partnership with Finnish Club". Boston Bruins. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Jokkue". JYP Jyväskylä Oy (in Finnish). Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  3. ^ "JYP (Liiga) – 2020-2021 Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 30 January 2021.

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