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KalPa logo.svg
City Kuopio, Finland
League Liiga
Founded 1929 (1929)
Home arena Data Group Areena
Colours Black, gold
Owner(s) KalPa Hockey Oy
Sami Kapanen
Kimmo Timonen
Scott Hartnell
General manager Kimmo Kapanen
Head coach Pekka Virta
Captain Mikko Jokela
Affiliate(s) SaPKo (Mestis)
Website www.kalpa.fi

The Kalevan Pallo (KalPa) is a professional ice hockey team who compete in the Finnish Liiga. They play in Kuopio, Finland at the Data Group Areena.

Team history[edit]

Established in 1929 as Sortavalan Palloseura in Sortavala, the club relocated to Kuopio in 1945 after its original hometown had been annexed by the Soviet Union. During its Sortavala years, the club was not active in ice hockey, but competed in association football, bandy, and pesäpallo instead. Ice hockey was introduced in 1947, and in 1956 KalPa officially replaced the more traditional Kuopio club KuPS in that sport thus specializing in hockey – minor league football was still continued until 1974 as a farm team of sorts for KuPS.

The full name of the company that runs the representative team today is KalPa Hockey Oy. The majority of the company is owned by NHL players Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen. Kapanen is the majority owner, controlling 50.5% of the franchise. Timonen owns 8%, while Timonen's former teammate Scott Hartnell owns 5%. Hartnell purchased a minority share of the team after getting financial advice from Kimmo Timonen during a road trip to Boston.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Timonen, Kapanen, and fellow NHL player Adam Hall were playing for KalPa. After winning the Mestis championship, KalPa was returned to the SM-liiga for the 05–06 season, after being relegated six years earlier in 1999.

KalPa has won three medals: Silvers in 1990–91 and 2016–17 seasons and a bronze in 2008–09 season.



  • Mestis Championship (2): 2004, 2005


Current roster[edit]

Updated September 13, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
86 Czech Republic Birner, MichalMichal Birner LW L 31 2014 Litoměřice, Czech Republic
18 Finland Halonen, AnttiAntti Halonen D L 35 2012 Kajaani, Finland
29 Finland Harjama, JoonaJoona Harjama C L 24 2012 Hamina, Finland
14 Finland Hyvärinen, ToniToni Hyvärinen RW R 29 2014 Kuopio, Finland
22 Finland Ilomäki, ArttuArttu Ilomäki C R 26 2013 Tampere, Finland
84 Finland Junnila, JyriJyri Junnila LW R 33 2010 Raahe, Finland
91 Finland Keränen, JanneJanne Keränen LW L 30 2014 Nurmijärvi, Finland
37 Finland Kilpeläinen, EeroEero Kilpeläinen G L 32 2014 Juva, Finland
16 Finland Kinnunen, SakuSaku Kinnunen C L 22 2013 Kuhmo, Finland
5 Finland Koivisto, MiikaMiika Koivisto D L 27 2012 Vaasa, Finland
55 Finland Kolehmainen, JanneJanne Kolehmainen LW L 31 2012 Lappeenranta, Finland
33 Finland Konttinen, TeroTero Konttinen D L 32 2014 Helsinki, Finland
81 Czech Republic Kubalík, TomášTomáš Kubalík RW R 27 2014 Plzeň, Czech Republic
20 Finland Liedes, HeikkiHeikki Liedes W L 24 2013 Helsinki, Finland
57 Finland Lyytinen, JoonasJoonas Lyytinen D L 22 2013 Espoo, Finland
53 Finland Mutanen, SamiSami Mutanen LW L 33 2014 Joensuu, Finland
40 Finland Nuutinen, MikkoMikko Nuutinen F R 27 2014 Kuopio, Finland
43 Finland Perhonen, SamuSamu Perhonen G L 24 2014 Jämsänkoski, Finland
12 Finland Piipponen, TopiTopi Piipponen F L 20 2014 Siilinjärvi, Finland
61 Finland Pitkänen, MiikkaMiikka Pitkänen C L 21 2013 Kuopio, Finland
50 Finland Riikola, JuusoJuuso Riikola D L 24 2012 Joensuu, Finland
28 Finland Rissanen, JaakkoJaakko Rissanen C L 28 2014 Kuopio, Finland
13 Finland Ruohomaa, MikaelMikael Ruohomaa RW L 29 2014 Alastaro, Finland
25 Finland Seppälä, MikaelMikael Seppälä D L 23 2013 Ylivieska, Finland
30 Finland Smura, TuukkaTuukka Smura G L 22 2012 Kajaani, Finland
97 Finland Tammela, JonneJonne Tammela F L 20 2014 Ylivieska, Finland
46 Finland Timonen, JussiJussi Timonen (A) D L 34 2008 Kuopio, Finland
39 Finland Voutilainen, JukkaJukka Voutilainen (A) C R 37 2012 Kuopio, Finland

Honored members[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "KalPa Hockey Oy - roster" (in Finnish). Kalpa Kuopio. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 

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