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Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) is an ice hockey team in the Finnish Liiga. They play their home games at Kisapuisto in Lappeenranta, Finland. SaiPa has many nicknames, such as "The Sputniks", "Sputnik", "miracle of the East" and "East giant."

Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) logo.svg
Founded1948 (1948)
Home arenaKisapuisto
ColoursYellow, black
General managerJussi Markkanen
Head coachTero Lehterä
CaptainVille Koho

SaiPa play home games in the yellow shirt, black pants, yellow socks, and a black helmet. SaiPa play away games in mostly the same costumes as the home games, but also have a black version of the jersey.


The team's best achievement is from the 1965-1966 season, when they won bronze medals for placing third. SaiPa also played in a bronze medal game in the 1998–1999 and 2013–14 seasons, but lost the games to HPK (7–2) and Lukko (3–2).

SaiPa has participated twice in the Champions Hockey League. During the 2014-2015 season, the team survived the quarterfinals, where they lost the return match against Oulun Kärpät. During the 2016-2017 season, SaiPa won their initial games by 11 points. Eisbären Berlin and Luleå HF were the runners-up.

SaiPa has produced seven players who have played in the National Hockey League (NHL): Antti Aalto, Jussi Markkanen, Petteri Nokelainen, Petri Skriko, Jussi Timonen, Vesa Viitakoski, and Niklas Bäckström. Jussi Markkanen is also a part owner of the club.


Current rosterEdit

Updated October 2, 2018.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
25   Erik Autio D L 24 2018 Espoo, Finland
77   Vladimir Denisov D L 35 2017 Chashniki, Belarus
55   Tomi Iso-Mustajärvi C L 27 2017 Tampere, Finland
72   Elmeri Kaksonen (A) LW L 31 2016 Savonlinna, Finland
8   Ville Koho (C) C L 37 2001 Imatra, Finland
26   Markus Kojo D L 25 2017 Noormarkku, Finland
19   Cody Kunyk C L 29 2017 Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
88   Oskari Lehtinen LW R 25 2018 Turku, Finland
14   Anssi Löfman (A) C L 32 2017 Lappeenranta, Finland
18   Kalle Maalahti D L 28 2010 Lappeenranta, Finland
12   Bastien Maïa RW R 22 2017 Rouen, France
59   Topi Nättinen LW L 25 2017 Jyväskylä, Finland
13   Joni Nikko LW L 25 2016 Vaasa, Finland
23   Emil Oksanen RW R 21 2018 Kirkkonummi, Finland
41   Roy Radke RW R 22 2017 Chicago, IL, United States
42   Robin Salo D L 21 2018 Espoo, Finland
44   Jere Sneck D L 25 2016 Helsinki, Finland
11   Jonatan Tanus (A) LW L 24 2017 Kuopio, Finland
2   Kasperi Torikka D L 20 2014 Ristiina, Finland
45   Veeti Vainio D R 22 2018 Espoo, Finland
22   Santeri Virtanen C L 20 2018 Kirkkonummi, Finland

Retired numbersEdit

NHL alumniEdit


  1. ^ "SaiPa". Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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