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."

SaiPa
Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) logo.svg
CityLappeenranta, Finland
LeagueLiiga
Founded1948 (1948)
Home arenaKisapuisto
(capacity: 4,820)
ColoursYellow, black
   
General managerFinland Jussi Markkanen
Head coachFinland Pekka Virta
CaptainFinland Jarno Koskiranta
Websitewww.saipa.fi
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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.

HistoryEdit

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.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

SM-sarja

Pre-seasonEdit

Finnish Cup

  •   Runners-up (3): 1958, 1965, 1971

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Source: eliteprospects.com[1]As of June 19, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
49   David Bernhardt D L 23 2019 Huddinge, Sweden
62   Rasmus Hämäläinen RW L 27 2020 Lappeenranta, Finland
4   Jimi Jalonen D R 25 2019 Rauma, Finland
72   Elmeri Kaksonen (A) LW L 34 2015 Savonlinna, Finland
76   Leevi Karjalainen D L 21 2018 Helsinki, Finland
26   Markus Kojo (A) D L 27 2017 Noormarkku, Finland
40   Jarno Koskiranta (C) C L 34 2020 Paimio, Finland
19   Jaakko Lantta C R 25 2020 Valkeala, Finland
29   Veikko Loimaranta C L 20 2019 Vantaa, Finland
10   Matias Mäntykivi C L 20 2018 Lappeenranta, Finland
13   Joni Nikko LW L 27 2016 Vaasa, Finland
22   Oliver Okuliar LW L 21 2021 Trenčín, Slovakia
6   Joel Olkkonen D R 28 2019 Hyvinkää, Finland
23   Ville Petman C L 21 2020 Lappeenranta, Finland
12   Topi Piipponen LW L 24 2019 Siilinjärvi, Finland
38   Simo-Pekka Riikola D R 29 2019 Joensuu, Finland
10   Micke Saari LW L 27 2019 Kirkkonummi, Finland
80   Ville Vainikainen RW L 27 2019 Kuopio, Finland
45   Veeti Vainio D R 24 2018 Espoo, Finland
22   Santeri Virtanen C L 22 2018 Kirkkonummi, Finland
53   Niclas Westerholm G L 24 2017 Helsinki, Finland

Retired numbersEdit

 
50th anniversary of SaiPa's 1965-1966 bronze medal team

NHL alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Roster / SaiPa". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2019-01-28.

External linksEdit