JYP Jyväskylä

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JYP Jyväskylä logo.svg
CityJyväskylä, Finland
Founded1923 (1923)
Home arenaLähiTapiola Areena
ColoursRed, black, white
Owner(s)JYP Jyväskylä Oy
General managerJukka Seppänen
Head coachLauri Merikivi
CaptainJuha-Pekka Hytönen
Farm club(s)KeuPa HT
Championships2009, 2012
Franchise history
1923–1977Jyväskylän Palloilijat
1977–presentJYP Jyväskylä

JYP is an ice hockey team playing in the Finnish top division Liiga. They play in Jyväskylä, Finland, at the LähiTapiola Areena.


JYP was founded in 1923. First it was the ice hockey section of the sports club Jyväskylän Palloilijat until 1977. Then they separated from that sports club to be an independent hockey club called JyP HT. The current full name of the club is JYP Jyväskylä Oy, having been registered as an osakeyhtiö since 1999. JYP has won the Finnish SM-liiga twice, in 2009 and 2012, having been the losing side in the play-off finals in 1989 and 1992.

Early years[edit]

JYP was founded in 1923 as Jyväskylän Palloilijat (Jyväskylä's Ballsport players in English). Originally the club was multi-sport club having competitive departments in football, pesäpallo (Finnish baseball), bandy and later ice hockey and basketball. In 1977 JyP divided due to financial reasons and ice hockey department began with new club, JyP HT (officially Jyväskylän Palloilijat Hockey Team) while football department formed JyP-77 (JJK Jyväskylä nowadays).

The new club started in I Division, the then-second tier of Finnish hockey. JyP HT promoted to the top tier for the 1985-86 SM-liiga season. With ambitious aims, they were fifth after regular season and surprisingly eliminated out of play-offs by only two points. At the next season, the target was in play-offs but seventh place was not enough. When the beginning of the third season was disappointment, head coach Erkka Westerlund – subsequently Finnish national team coach – got sacked.

Partnership with the Boston Bruins[edit]

As of 8 September 2010, JYP entered into a partnership agreement with the National Hockey League's oldest United States-based team, the Boston Bruins, to enable player transfer and training between the two teams and their developmental systems.[1]


Current roster[edit]

Updated September 21, 2014.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
61 Finland Juuso Ikonen RW R 24 2013 Espoo, Finland
21 Finland Antti Jaatinen LW L 32 2011 Mikkeli, Finland
7 Finland Mikko Kalteva D L 34 2012 Hyvinkää, Finland
13 Finland Valtteri Kemiläinen D R 27 2014 Jyväskylä, Finland
28 Finland Miika Lahti (A) C L 31 2005 Konnevesi, Finland
5 Finland Mikko Luoma D L 42 2013 Jyväskylä, Finland
25 Finland Anssi Löfman C L 31 2013 Lappeenrenata, Finland
47 Finland Mikko Mäenpää D L 35 2014 Tampere, Finland
34 Finland Markus Nenonen LW L 26 2012 Jämsänkoski, Finland
8 Finland Sami Niku D L 22 2014 Haapavesi, Finland
24 Finland Julius Nättinen F L 22 2013 Jyväskylä, Finland
20 Finland Topi Nättinen C L 24 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland
11 Canada Éric Perrin (C) C L 43 2011 Laval, Quebec
49 Finland Tuomas Pihlman LW L 36 2014 Espoo, Finland
63 Finland Markus Poukkula LW L 30 2013 Raahe, Finland
35 Finland Sami Rajaniemi G L 26 2013 Oulainen, Finland
45 Switzerland Dennis Saikkonen G L 26 2013 Bern, Switzerland
33 Finland Mikko Salmio RW L 27 2012 Jämsä, Finland
3 Finland Aleksi Salonen D L 25 2012 Muurame, Finland
40 Finland Tuomas Tarkki G L 38 2012 Rauma, Finland
12 Finland Jani Tuppurainen (A) LW L 38 2013 Oulu, Finland
4 Finland Mikko Viitanen D L 36 2011 Nurmijärvi, Finland




European titles[edit]

European Trophy:

Champions Hockey League:

Notable players[edit]

Honored members[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Bruins Enter Partnership with Finnish Club". Boston Bruins. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  2. ^ "Joukkue / JYP" (in Finnish). www.jypliiga.fi. Retrieved 2014-09-21.

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