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Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) logo.svg
City Lappeenranta, Finland
League SM-liiga
Founded 1948 (1948)
Home arena Kisapuisto (capacity 4,847)
Colours Yellow, black
General manager Finland Marko Ek
Head coach Finland Tero Lehterä
Captain Finland Ville Koho

Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) is an ice hockey team in the Finnish Liiga. They play their home games at Kisapuisto in Lappeenranta, Finland. SaiPa has many nicknames, such as "The Sputniks", "Sputnik", "miracle of the East" and "East giant."

SaiPa play home games in the yellow shirt, black pants, yellow socks, and a black helmet. SaiPa play away games in mostly the same costumes as the home games, but also have a black version of the jersey.


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 participated twice in the Champions Hockey League. During the 2014-2015 season, the team survived the quarterfinals, where they lost the return match against Oulun Kärpät. During the 2016-2017 season, SaiPa won their initial games by 11 points. Eisbären Berlin and Luleå HF were the runner ups.

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. Jussi Markkanen is also a part owner of the club.


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 15, 2017.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
49 Finland Backman, SimonSimon Backman (A) D L 33 2008 Pietarsaari, Finland
22 Canada Carson, BrettBrett Carson D R 31 2015 Regina, SK, Canada
10 United States Hamilton, CurtisCurtis Hamilton F L 26 Tacoma, WA, United States
48 Finland Jääskeläinen, JoonaJoona Jääskeläinen F L 21 Imatra, Finland
71 Finland Järvinen, MattiMatti Järvinen (A) F L 27 London, GBR
72 Finland Kaksonen, ElmeriElmeri Kaksonen F L 29 Savonlinna, Finland
17 Finland Karjalainen, HenryHenry Karjalainen F L 22 Lappeenranta, Finland
51 Finland Kettunen, JanneJanne Kettunen F L 23 2015 Lappeenranta, Finland
8 Finland Koho, VilleVille Koho (C) F L 35 2001 Imatra, Finland
26 Finland Kojo, MarkusMarkus Kojo D L 23 Noormarkku, Finland
5 Finland Koponen, SanteriSanteri Koponen D L 19 Joensuu, Finland
63 Finland Koski, EetuEetu Koski F L 25 Uusikaupunki, Finland
60 Finland Koskiranta, TeroTero Koskiranta F L 33 Paimio, Finland
78 Finland Kuronen, MikaelMikael Kuronen F L 25 Tampere, Finland
55 Finland Lappalainen, LasseLasse Lappalainen D L 28 2014 Kuopio, Finland
11 Finland Leivo, TomiTomi Leivo F L 27 2008 Lappeenranta, Finland
61 Finland Lippojoki, JarnoJarno Lippojoki D L 31 Imatra, Finland
18 Finland Maalahti, KalleKalle Maalahti D L 26 2010 Lappeenranta, Finland
6 Finland Maarnela, HenryHenry Maarnela D L 21
77 Finland Mäkinen, WilliamWilliam Mäkinen D L 22 Jämsänkoski, Finland
27 Finland Markkanen, JussiJussi Markkanen G L 42 2013 Imatra, Finland
15 Canada McFarland, JohnJohn McFarland F R 25 Oakville, ON, Canada
25 Finland Mönkäre, AnttonAntton Mönkäre F L 21 Espoo, Finland
88 Sweden Nagander, Per SavilahtiPer Savilahti Nagander D R 32 Luleå, Sweden
13 Finland Nikko, JoniJoni Nikko F L 23 Vaasa, Finland
31 Finland Oklinuora, JussiJussi Oklinuora G L 26 Helsinki, Finland
7 Finland Ovaska, MarkusMarkus Ovaska D L 22 Imatra, Finland
24 Finland Piironen, LauriLauri Piironen F L 20 Polvijärvi, Finland
32 Finland Ruokonen, VilleVille Ruokonen G L 19 Lappeenranta, Finland
68 Finland Salminen, SakuSaku Salminen F L 22 Helsinki, Finland
44 Finland Sneck, JereJere Sneck D L 23 Helsinki, Finland
12 Finland Strömberg, KimKim Strömberg F L 29 2015 Helsinki, Finland
56 Finland Taipalus, LauriLauri Taipalus (A) D L 29 Alavus, Finland
19 Canada Trotter, BrockBrock Trotter F R 30 Brandon, MB, Canada
4 Finland Tuohilampi, KristianKristian Tuohilampi D L 27 Helsinki, Finland
35 Finland Tuohimaa, FransFrans Tuohimaa G L 26 Helsinki, Finland
88 Finland Vainikainen, VilleVille Vainikainen F L 23 2015 Kuopio, Finland
21 Finland Virkkunen, ValtteriValtteri Virkkunen F L 26 2014 Espoo, Finland

Retired numbers[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "SaiPa". Retrieved 2015-11-06. 

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