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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 March 15, 2017.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
49 Finland Simon Backman (A) D L 34 2008 Pietarsaari, Finland
22 Canada Brett Carson D R 32 2015 Regina, SK, Canada
10 United States Curtis Hamilton F L 27 Tacoma, WA, United States
48 Finland Joona Jääskeläinen F L 22 Imatra, Finland
71 Finland Matti Järvinen (A) F L 28 London, GBR
72 Finland Elmeri Kaksonen F L 30 Savonlinna, Finland
17 Finland Henry Karjalainen F L 23 Lappeenranta, Finland
51 Finland Janne Kettunen F L 24 2015 Lappeenranta, Finland
8 Finland Ville Koho (C) F L 36 2001 Imatra, Finland
26 Finland Markus Kojo D L 24 Noormarkku, Finland
5 Finland Santeri Koponen D L 20 Joensuu, Finland
63 Finland Eetu Koski F L 26 Uusikaupunki, Finland
60 Finland Tero Koskiranta F L 34 Paimio, Finland
78 Finland Mikael Kuronen F L 26 Tampere, Finland
55 Finland Lasse Lappalainen D L 29 2014 Kuopio, Finland
11 Finland Tomi Leivo F L 28 2008 Lappeenranta, Finland
61 Finland Jarno Lippojoki D L 32 Imatra, Finland
18 Finland Kalle Maalahti D L 27 2010 Lappeenranta, Finland
6 Finland Henry Maarnela D L 22
77 Finland William Mäkinen D L 23 Jämsänkoski, Finland
27 Finland Jussi Markkanen G L 43 2013 Imatra, Finland
15 Canada John McFarland F R 26 Oakville, ON, Canada
25 Finland Antton Mönkäre F L 22 Espoo, Finland
88 Sweden Per Savilahti Nagander D R 33 Luleå, Sweden
13 Finland Joni Nikko F L 24 Vaasa, Finland
31 Finland Jussi Olkinuora G L 27 Helsinki, Finland
7 Finland Markus Ovaska D L 23 Imatra, Finland
24 Finland Lauri Piironen F L 21 Polvijärvi, Finland
32 Finland Ville Ruokonen G L 20 Lappeenranta, Finland
68 Finland Saku Salminen F L 23 Helsinki, Finland
44 Finland Jere Sneck D L 24 Helsinki, Finland
12 Finland Kim Strömberg F L 30 2015 Helsinki, Finland
56 Finland Lauri Taipalus (A) D L 30 Alavus, Finland
19 Canada Brock Trotter F R 31 Brandon, MB, Canada
4 Finland Kristian Tuohilampi D L 28 Helsinki, Finland
35 Finland Frans Tuohimaa G L 27 Helsinki, Finland
88 Finland Ville Vainikainen F L 24 2015 Kuopio, Finland
21 Finland Valtteri Virkkunen F L 27 2014 Espoo, Finland

Retired numbers[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]


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

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