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The Kalevan Pallo (KalPa) is a professional ice hockey team which competes in the Finnish Liiga. They play in Kuopio, Finland at the Data Group Areena.

KalPa
KalPa logo.svg
CityKuopio
LeagueLiiga
Founded1929 (1929)
Home arenaData Group Areena
ColoursBlack, gold
         
Owner(s)KalPa Hockey Oy
Sami Kapanen
Kimmo Timonen
Scott Hartnell
General managerKimmo Kapanen
Head coachSami Kapanen
CaptainTommi Jokinen
Affiliate(s)SaPKo
Websitewww.kalpa.fi

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Team historyEdit

Established in 1929 as Sortavalan Palloseura in Sortavala, the club relocated to Kuopio in 1945 after its original hometown had been annexed by the Soviet Union. During its Sortavala years, the club was not active in ice hockey, but competed in association football, bandy, and pesäpallo instead. Ice hockey was introduced in 1947, and in 1956 KalPa officially replaced the more traditional Kuopio club KuPS in that sport thus specializing in hockey – minor league football was still continued until 1974 as a farm team of sorts for KuPS.

The full name of the company that runs the representative team today is KalPa Hockey Oy. The majority of the company is owned by former NHL players Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen. Kapanen is the majority owner, controlling 50.5% of the franchise. Timonen owns 8%, while Timonen's former teammate Scott Hartnell owns 5%. Hartnell purchased a minority share of the team after getting financial advice from Kimmo Timonen during a road trip to Boston.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Timonen, Kapanen, and fellow NHL player Adam Hall were playing for KalPa. After winning the Mestis championship, KalPa returned to SM-liiga for the 2005–06 season, after being relegated six years earlier in 1999.

KalPa has won three medals: silvers in the 1990–91 and 2016–17 seasons and a bronze in the 2008–09 season.

HonorsEdit

SM-liigaEdit

MestisEdit

Finnish Liiga A-juniors (U20)Edit

  •   Finnish Liiga A-juniors (U20): 2007–08, 2017–18

Spengler CupEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated February 12, 2019.[1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
30   Denis Godla G L 24 2016 Kezmarok, Slovakia
31   Jonathan Iilahti G L 27 2018 Vaasa, Finland
22   Cade Fairchild D L 29 2018 Duluth, Minnesota, USA
18   Ari Gröndahl D R 29 2018 Helsinki, Finland
21   Lasse Lappalainen D L 40 2018 Kuopio, Finland
25   Otto Leskinen D R 22 2015 Pieksämäki, Finland
76   Konsta Mäkinen D L 27 2017 Tampere, Finland
79   Valtteri Parikka D L 24 2017 Järvenpää, Finland
6   Joona Riekkinen D L 20 2017 Kuopio, Finland
5   Mikael Seppälä D L 25 2013 Ylivieska, Finland
7   Saku Vesterinen D R 20 2018 Siilinjärvi, Finland
51   Ryan Wilson D L 32 2017 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
91   Leevi Aaltonen LW L 18 2018 Mikkeli, Finland
10   Frank Gymer C L 23 2017 Helsinki, Finland
15   Toni Hyvärinen RW R 30 2018 Kuopio, Finland
61   Joni Ikonen C L 21 2014 Siilinjärvi, Finland
42   Tommi Jokinen (C) C R 30 2016 Siilinjärvi, Finland
84   Jyri Junnila RW L 34 2018 Raahe, Finland
28   Mikko Juusola C L 21 2017 Kuusamo, Finland
81   Kai Kantola (A) C/RW R 31 2017 North York, Ontario, Canada
8   Aleksi Klemetti LW L 20 2017 Kuhmo, Finland
29   Henri Knuutinen LW L 22 2016 Kiuruvesi, Finland
41   Jusso Könönen LW L 21 2017 Kuopio, Finland
46   Jussi Timonen (A) D L 35 2008 Kuopio, Finland
21   Eetu Luostarinen C R 20 2016 Kuopio, Finland
40   Mikko Nuutinen (A) RW R 28 2015 Kuopio, Finland
12   Topi Piipponen LW L 22 2015 Siilinjärvi, Finland
  Ilkka Pikkarainen F R 38 2018 Sonkajärvi, Finland
82   Alexander Ruuttu R 26 2016 Chicago, Illinois, USA
14   Balázs Sebők C/RW L 24 2016 Budapest, Hungary
11   Ville-Vesa Vainiola C L 34 2016 Rauma, Finland


Honored membersEdit

NHL alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KalPa". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "KalPa Hockey Oy - roster" (in Finnish). Kalpa Kuopio. Retrieved 2012-11-26.

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