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Saimaan Pallo (SaiPa) logo.svg
City Lappeenranta
League SM-liiga
Founded 1948 (1948)
Home arena Kisapuisto
Colours Yellow, black
General manager Jussi Markkanen
Head coach Tero Lehterä
Captain 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 runners-up.

SaiPa has produced seven players who have played in the National Hockey League (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 October 2, 2018.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Finland Erik Autio D L 23 2018 Espoo, Finland
7 Belarus Vladimir Denisov D L 34 2017 Chashniki, Belarus
57 United States David Goodwin C L 26 2017  St. Louis, MO, United States
56 Finland Tomi Iso-Mustajärvi C L 26 2017 Tampere, Finland
72 Finland Elmeri Kaksonen (A) LW L 30 2004 Savonlinna, Finland
8 Finland Ville Koho (C) C L 36 2001 Imatra, Finland
26 Finland Markus Kojo D L 24 2017 Noormarkku, Finland
19 Canada Cody Kunyk C L 28 2017 Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
88 Finland Oskari Lehtinen LW R 24 2018 Turku, Finland
14 Finland Anssi Löfman (A) C L 31 2002 Lappeenranta, Finland
18 Finland Kalle Maalahti D L 27 2010 Lappeenranta, Finland
21 France Bastien Maïa RW R 21 2017 Rouen, France
84 Canada Tyler Morley C L 26 2018 Burnaby, BC, Canada
54 Finland Topi Nättinen LW L 24 2017 Jyväskylä, Finland
13 Finland Joni Nikko LW L 24 2016 Vaasa, Finland
24 Finland Ahti Oksanen LW L 25 2017 Kirkkonummi, Finland
28 Finland Emil Oksanen RW R 20 2018 Kirkkonummi, Finland
32 United States Roy Radke RW R 21 2017 Chicago, IL, United States
42 Finland Robin Salo D L 19 2018 Espoo, Finland
44 Finland Jere Sneck D L 24 2016 Helsinki, Finland
11 Finland Jonatan Tanus (A) LW L 23 2017 Kuopio, Finland
6 Finland Kasperi Torikka D L 19 2014 Ristiina, Finland
35 Finland Frans Tuohimaa G L 27 2016 Helsinki, Finland
38 Finland Veeti Vainio D R 21 2018 Espoo, Finland
22 Finland Santeri Virtanen C L 19 2018 Kirkkonummi, Finland
53 Finland Niclas Westerholm G L 21 2016 Helsinki, Finland

Retired numbers[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "SaiPa". Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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