KalPa

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KalPa
KalPa logo.svg
CityKuopio
LeagueLiiga
Founded1929 (1929)
Home arenaData Group Areena
ColoursBlack, gold
         
Owner(s)KalPa Hockey Oy
Sami Kapanen
Kimmo Timonen
Scott Hartnell
General managerKimmo Kapanen
Head coachSami Kapanen
CaptainTommi Jokinen
Affiliate(s)SaPKo
Websitewww.kalpa.fi

The Kalevan Pallo (KalPa) is a professional ice hockey team which competes 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 returned to SM-liiga for the 2005–06 season, after being relegated six years earlier in 1999.

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

Honors[edit]

SM-liiga[edit]

Mestis[edit]

Finnish Liiga A-juniors (U20)[edit]

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Finnish Liiga A-juniors (U20): 1990–91, 2007–08, 2017–18

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 13, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
86 Czech Republic Michal Birner LW L 32 2014 Litoměřice, Czech Republic
18 Finland Antti Halonen D L 36 2012 Kajaani, Finland
29 Finland Joona Harjama C L 25 2012 Hamina, Finland
14 Finland Toni Hyvärinen RW R 30 2014 Kuopio, Finland
22 Finland Arttu Ilomäki C R 27 2013 Tampere, Finland
84 Finland Jyri Junnila LW R 34 2010 Raahe, Finland
91 Finland Janne Keränen LW L 31 2014 Nurmijärvi, Finland
37 Finland Eero Kilpeläinen G L 33 2014 Juva, Finland
16 Finland Saku Kinnunen C L 23 2013 Kuhmo, Finland
5 Finland Miika Koivisto D L 28 2012 Vaasa, Finland
55 Finland Janne Kolehmainen LW L 32 2012 Lappeenranta, Finland
33 Finland Tero Konttinen D L 33 2014 Helsinki, Finland
81 Czech Republic Tomáš Kubalík RW R 28 2014 Plzeň, Czech Republic
20 Finland Heikki Liedes W L 25 2013 Helsinki, Finland
57 Finland Joonas Lyytinen D L 23 2013 Espoo, Finland
53 Finland Sami Mutanen LW L 34 2014 Joensuu, Finland
40 Finland Mikko Nuutinen F R 28 2014 Kuopio, Finland
43 Finland Samu Perhonen G L 25 2014 Jämsänkoski, Finland
12 Finland Topi Piipponen F L 21 2014 Siilinjärvi, Finland
61 Finland Miikka Pitkänen C L 22 2013 Kuopio, Finland
50 Finland Juuso Riikola D L 25 2012 Joensuu, Finland
28 Finland Jaakko Rissanen C L 29 2014 Kuopio, Finland
13 Finland Mikael Ruohomaa RW L 30 2014 Alastaro, Finland
25 Finland Mikael Seppälä D L 24 2013 Ylivieska, Finland
30 Finland Tuukka Smura G L 23 2012 Kajaani, Finland
97 Finland Jonne Tammela F L 21 2014 Ylivieska, Finland
46 Finland Jussi Timonen (A) D L 35 2008 Kuopio, Finland
39 Finland Jukka Voutilainen (A) C R 38 2012 Kuopio, Finland


Honored members[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]