SaiPa

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SaiPa
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City Lappeenranta, Finland
League SM-liiga
Founded 1948 (1948)
Home arena Kisapuisto (capacity 4,847)
Colours          
General manager Finland Riku Kallioniemi
Head coach Finland Pekka Tirkkonen
Captain Finland Ville Koho

Website
www.saipa.fi

Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) is an ice hockey team in the Finnish SM-liiga. They play their home games at Kisapuisto in Lappeenranta, Finland.

History[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated December 9, 2012.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
49 Finland Backman, SimonSimon Backman (A) D L 30 2008 Pietarsaari, Finland
23 Finland Bruun, AnttiAntti Bruun D L 34 2012 Savonlinna, Finland
26 Finland Flinck, MarkkuMarkku Flinck C L 29 2008 Espoo, Finland
19 Italy Giliati, StefanoStefano Giliati LW L 26 2012 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10 Finland Hämäläinen, VilleVille Hämäläinen (A) C L 33 2012 Lappeenranta, Finland
91 Latvia Jekimovs, RobertsRoberts Jekimovs LW L 24 2011 Riga, Latvian SSR
42 Finland Jokinen, TommiTommi Jokinen RW L 25 2012 Siilinjärvi, Finland
8 Finland Koho, VilleVille Koho (C) C L 32 1997 Imatra, Finland
12 Finland Koivisto, JuhaJuha Koivisto RW R 30 2011 Vantaa, Finland
22 Canada Lee, MarkMark Lee C L 29 2012 Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada
14 Finland Löfman, AnssiAnssi Löfman C L 27 2002 Lappeenranta, Finland
13 Finland Mankinen, JesseJesse Mankinen RW L 23 2005 Lappeenranta, Finland
39 Finland Nieminen, JaniJani Nieminen G L 27 2012 Helsinki, Finland
32 Finland Paalanen, VilleVille Paalanen Injured Reserve LW L 24 2005 Lappeenranta, Finland
7 Finland Piipponen, SamuliSamuli Piipponen Injured Reserve D L 20 2009 Helsinki, Finland
54 Finland Piitulainen, JesperJesper Piitulainen LW R 23 2012 Savonlinna, Finland
63 Finland Poukkula, MarkusMarkus Poukkula LW L 25 2012 Raahe, Finland
48 Finland Pukka, MikkoMikko Pukka D L 27 2008 Suodenniemi, Finland
77 Finland Pulli, JereJere Pulli D L 23 2005 Lappeenranta, Finland
38 Finland Riikola, Simo-PekkaSimo-Pekka Riikola D R 22 2012 Joensuu, Finland
28 Finland Rissanen, JaakkoJaakko Rissanen C L 24 2012 Kuopio, Finland
33 United States Salcido, BrianBrian Salcido D L 29 2010 Hermosa Beach, California, USA
88 Sweden Savilahti, PerPer Savilahti D R 29 2010 Luleå, Sweden
84 Finland Suutari, JoniJoni Suutari Injured Reserve F L 22 2008 Lappeenranta, Finland
56 Finland Taipalus, LauriLauri Taipalus Injured Reserve D L 26 2011 Alavus, Finland
93 Finland Ullberg, RichardRichard Ullberg G L 21 2011 Sipoo, Finland
24 Finland Vauhkonen, OlaviOlavi Vauhkonen RW L 25 2012 Helsinki, Finland
71 United States Davis, PatrickPatrick Davis F L 27 2013 Sterling MI, USA


Retired numbers[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SaiPa 2012-2013 - Joukkue - Pelaajat" (in Finnish). www.saipa.fi. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

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