KalPa Naiset

Kalevan Pallo (KalPa) Naiset is a Finnish women's ice hockey team based in Kuopio. They play in the Naisten Liiga, the premier women's hockey league in Finland, where the team has won three Finnish Championship bronze medals. In 2020, the team qualified for the Aurora Borealis Cup final and were set to face off against the reigning champions, Kiekko-Espoo, when the playoffs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic before the first game of the finals. By making it to the playoff finals, KalPa was guaranteed at least a silver medal, which would have been the team’s highest finish ever, but with the cancellation of the season no Finnish Championship medals were awarded.[1]

Kalevan Pallo Naiset
2020–21 Naisten Liiga season
KalPa logo.svg
CityKuopio, North Savo, Finland
LeagueNaisten Liiga
Founded1990; 31 years ago (1990)
Home arenaOlvi Areena
Lippumäen jäähalli
ColoursBlack, gold
   
Owner(s)Juniori-KalPa ry
General managerJohanna Koskinen
Jukka Koskinen
Head coachMarjo Voutilainen
CaptainEmma Ritari
AffiliatesKalPa Akatemia
Websitejuniorikalpa.fi

Season-by-season resultsEdit

This is a partial list of the last six seasons completed by KalPa Naiset.
Note: Finish = Rank at end of regular season; GP = Games played, W = Wins (3 points), OTW = Overtime wins (2 points), OTL = Overtime losses (1 point), L = Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points, Top scorer: Points (Goals+Assists)

Season League Preliminaries and regular season Post season results
Finish GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Top scorer
2015–16 Naisten SM-sarja 6th 28 7 1 1 19 47 124 24   Jo. Juutilainen 32 (10+22) Lost quarterfinal, 0–2 (HPK)
2016–17 Naisten SM-sarja 3rd 28 17 1 4 6 100 72 57   T. Niskanen 36 (15+21)   Won bronze medal, 1–0 (HPK)
2017–18 Naisten Liiga 6th 30 14 2 1 13 112 92 47   T. Niskanen 44 (20+24) Lost quarterfinal, 1–3 (Blues)
2018–19 Naisten Liiga 4th 30 19 0 0 11 154 83 57   T. Niskanen 79 (31+48) Lost bronze medal, 0–1 (Kärpät)
2019–20 Naisten Liiga 3rd 30 17 4 2 3 124 64 61   E. Holopainen 62 (37+25) Won semifinal, 3–0 (Ilves)
Finals cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 Naisten Liiga 2nd 25 18 1 0 6 121 51 56   E. Holopainen 64 (39+25)   Lost final, 1–3 (K-Espoo)

Players and personnelEdit

2020–21 rosterEdit

As of 25 March 2021[2][3]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
31   Susanna Airaksinen G L 29 2020 Kuopio, North Savo, Finland
49   Selina Hakala F R 23 2017 Anjalankoski, Kymenlaakso, Finland
19   Vilma Hokkanen D L 19 2018 Jyväskylä, Central Finland, Finland
10   Elisa Holopainen F L 19 2016 Tuusniemi, North Savo, Finland
37   Jenna Juutilainen G L 31 2020 Varkaus, North Savo, Finland
17   Johanna Juutilainen (A) F L 31 2020 Varkaus, North Savo, Finland
15   Ronja Karhunen F L 21 2016 Kuopio, North Savo, Finland
12   Liisa Kastikainen F L 20 2016 Outokumpu, North Karelia, Finland
2   Inka Katajisto F L 21 2018 Pyhäselkä, North Karelia, Finland
8   Venla Kirjavainen D R 18 2017 Varkaus, North Savo, Finland
24   Mirka Kivi D L 18 2019 Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa, Finland
16   Tanja Koljonen D L 25 2020 Mikkeli, South Savo, Finland
21   Kaisla Kortelainen D L 20 2020
45   Vilma Lampinen F R 24 2017 Kuusankoski, Kymenlaakso, Finland
14   Ella Lappi F L 22 2014 Elimäki, Kymenlaakso, Finland
41   Julia Manninen F L 18 2019 Savonlinna, South Savo, Finland
5   Elli Mäkelä D L 20 2020 Kotka, Kymenlaakso, Finland
28   Matilda Nilsson F L 24 2014 Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland
61   Tanja Niskanen (A) F L 28 2016 Juankoski, North Savo, Finland
18   Eveliina Nurmi D L 24 2017 Alavus, South Ostrobothnia, Finland
46   Noora Oksanen D L 18 2019 Jyväskylä, Central Finland, Finland
11   Riikka Pelkonen F L 25 2012 Kuopio, North Savo, Finland
55   Tiina Ranne G L 27 2017 Harjavalta, Satakunta, Finland
22   Salla Rantanen F L 28 2012 Riihimäki, Kanta-Häme, Finland
7   Emma Ritari (C) D L 27 2017 Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland
27   Saila Saari F L 31 2020 Alavus, South Ostrobothnia, Finland
26   Jutta-Janita Suomalainen F R 28 2018
23   Emmi Tirkkonen F L 17 2020

Coaching staff and team personnel

  • Head coach: Marjo Voutilainen
  • Assistant coach: Lauri Saari
  • Conditioning coach: Jaakko Uhlbäck
  • Team managers: Taina Lappi & Sofia Lipponen
  • Equipment managers: Lasse Herranen, Jari Hämäläinen & Jani Kirstinä
  • Treasurer: Teija Savolainen-Lipponen

Team captainsEdit

  • Johanna Juutilainen, 2010–11
  • Isa Rahunen, 2011–12
  • Marjo Voutilainen, 2012–13
  • Venla Hovi & Anni Kettunen, 2013–14
  • Johanna Juutilainen, 2015–2018
  • Tanja Niskanen, 2018–19[4]
  • Tiina Ranne & Emma Ritari, 2019–20[5]
  • Emma Ritari, 2020–present

Head coachesEdit

  • Marjo Voutilainen , 2016–present

Awards and honoursEdit

Finnish ChampionshipEdit

Sources: [6][7]

Player awardsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

  • September 2020 – Elisa Holopainen[9]
  • September 2019 – Matilda Nilsson[10]

All-StarsEdit

First Team

  • 2020–21: Elisa Holopainen (W), Matilda Nilsson (W)
  • 2019–20: Elisa Holopainen (W), Tanja Niskanen (C), Matilda Nilsson (W)
  • 2018–19: Tanja Niskanen (C), Elisa Holopainen (W)
  • 2014–15: Matilda Nilsson (W)
  • 2013–14: Venla Hovi (W)

Second Team

  • 2020–21: Tiina Ranne (G)
  • 2019–20: Tiina Ranne (G)
  • 2018–19: Matilda Nilsson (W)
  • 2017–18: Matilda Nilsson (W), Elisa Holopainen (W)
  • 2016–17: Matilda Nilsson (W), Tanja Niskanen (C)

Team recordsEdit

Single-season recordsEdit

Career recordsEdit

  • Most career goals: Tanja Niskanen, 246 goals (285 games; 2006–2021)
  • Most career assists: Tanja Niskanen, 226 assists (285 games; 2006–2021)
  • Most career points: Tanja Niskanen, 472 points (285 games; 2006–2021)
  • Best career points per game, over 30 games played: Elisa Holopainen, 1.92 points per game (129 games; 2016–2021)
  • Most career points, defenceman: Emma Ritari, 102 points (251 games; 2009–2021)
  • Most career penalty minutes: Salla Rantanen, 290 PIM (216 games; 2012–2021)
  • Most games played, skater: Tanja Niskanen, 285 games (2006–2021)
  • Most games played, goaltender: Jenna Juutilainen, 113 games (2009–2017)

All-time scoring leadersEdit

The top regular season point scorers in KalPa Naiset history.

Note: Nat = Nationality; Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = 2020–21 KalPa player

Points
Nat Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
  Tanja Niskanen F 285 246 226 472 1.66
  Matilda Nilsson F 189 164 140 304 1.61
  Johanna Juutilainen F 252 119 173 292 1.16
  Elisa Holopainen F 129 133 114 247 1.92
  Marjo Voutilainen F 177 86 101 187 1.06
  Salla Rantanen F 216 77 87 164 0.76
  Kati Kovalainen F 70 72 35 107 1.53
  Emma Ritari D 251 34 68 102 0.41
  Eija Rahunen F 80 28 54 82 1.02
  Tiina Paananen F 58 46 35 81 1.40
  Isa Rahunen D 135 34 47 81 0.60

Source(s): Elite Prospects[11]

Notable alumniEdit

Years active with KalPa listed alongside players' names.[12]

International player(s)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pulkkinen, Aki-Petteri (27 May 2020). "Näkemys: Naiskiekolle ei jäänyt kaudesta mitään käteen − Korona ryösti vuoden työn". Jatkoaika.com (in Finnish). Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Liiga (W) - KalPa". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Kokoonpano KalPa - Naisten Liiga, alkusarja". tilastopalvelu.com (in Finnish). Finnish Ice Hockey Association. June 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ Foster, Meredith (30 November 2018). "Q&A with Tanja Niskanen". The Ice Garden. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Naisten Liigan avausturnaus Kuopiossa - esittelyssä kauden 2019-2020 joukkue". juniorikalpa.fi (in Finnish). 4 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  6. ^ Suomen Jääkiekkoliitto; Liiga. Aaltonen, Juha (ed.). Jääkiekkokirja 2019–2020 (PDF) (in Finnish). Helsinki: Uusi Suomi/Kiekkolehti. ISSN 0784-3321. OCLC 476321083.
  7. ^ "Juniori-KalPa ry - KalPan naisille SM-hopeaa". Juniori-KalPa ry (in Finnish). 26 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  8. ^ Niemeläinen, Jonne (16 March 2020). "Huikeat tehot kerännyt 19-vuotias KalPa-hyökkääjä Elisa Holopainen palkittiin Naisten Liigan runkosarjan parhaana – huomenna edessä kauden tärkein peli". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  9. ^ Mennander, Pasi (1 October 2020). "KalPan Elisa Holopainen Naisten Liigan syyskuun pelaaja". leijonat.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  10. ^ Mennander, Pasi (2 October 2019). "KalPan Matilda Nilsson Naisten Liigan syyskuun pelaaja". leijonat.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  11. ^ "KalPa - All Time Regular Season Player Stats". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  12. ^ "KalPa - All Time Overall Totals Player Stats". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 30 March 2021.

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