Olli Palola

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Olli Palola
Born (1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 30)
Oulu, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Jokerit
Ilves
Lukko
Tappara
HC Vityaz
Växjö Lakers
National team  Finland
Playing career 2006–present

Olli Palola (born 8 April 1988) is a Finnish ice hockey player who currently plays professionally for Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Palola saw his first action in the Finnish top-flight Liiga during the 2006–07 season, playing six contests for Ilves. He then spent four years with fellow Liiga team Lukko,[1] helping the team to a third-place finish in 2010–11. After having transferred to Tappara, he made it to the 2013 and 2014 Liiga finals with the team. During the 2013-14 campaign, Palola scored 30 goals and dealt out 26 assists in 80 games and was presented with the Aarne Honkavaara Trophy as the league’s best goalscorer. He won the award also the following season (2014–15) after tallying 40 goals and 25 assists in 80 games en route to another Liiga runner-up finish.[2]

Palola then opted to continue his career in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), he signed with HC Vityaz for the 2015–16 season.[3] His number went down in Russia: He saw the ice in 27 KHL games, scoring one goal and dishing out four assists.

In May 2016, he signed a contract with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).[4]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2014 Minsk

Palola won his first caps for Finland’s men’s national team during the 2013-14 season: He played at the Euro Hockey Tour and won a silver medal with Team Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk. Palola made ten appearances during the tournament, chipping in with four goals.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010-11 Scoring for Lukko Rauma (SM-liiga)
  2. ^ "Elite Prospects - Hockey Awards". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Olli Palola siirtyy Vitjazin paitaan". Jatkoaika.com - Kaikki jääkiekosta. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Olli Palola klar för Växjö Lakers". Växjö Lakers. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Finland - 2014 WM - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". www.iihfworlds2014.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 

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