Team Facts
Plays in Mestis Team colours Blue + White + Red Town Turku, FIN Founded 1929

2023-2024 Roster
# N Player A Born Birthplace HT WT S Ctrct
GOALTENDERS
Jere Huhtamaa (G) 23 2000 Helsinki, FIN 6'2" 192 L
Leevi Mäkelä (G) 21 2002 Haapajärvi, FIN 6'3" 225 L 23/24
#37 Emil Vuorio (G) 20 2002 Salo, FIN 6'0" 185 L 23/24
DEFENSEMEN
Niklas Grönlund (D) 21 2002 Helsinki, FIN 6'1" 198 L 23/24
Miika Heiskari (D) 23 2000 Espoo, FIN 5'9" 165 L 23/24
Elias Lampi (D) 23 2000 Turku, FIN 6'6" 220 R 23/24
Kasperi Lehtinen (D) 21 2002 Turku, FIN 6'2" 214 L Try-out
#40 Mikke Levo (D) 28 1995 Orivesi, FIN 6'0" 207 L 23/24
#22 Jasper Rannisto (D) 22 2000 Helsinki, FIN 6'1" 176 L 23/24
#77 Daniel Takkunen (D) 23 2000 Espoo, FIN 5'10" 179 L 23/24
Elias Virtanen (D) 21 2001 Turku, FIN 6'1" 196 L Try-out
Jesse Vuorela (D) 21 2002 Lohja, FIN 5'10" 163 R 23/24
FORWARDS
Turo Asplund (C) 37 1985 Jyväskylä, FIN 5'11" 207 L 23/24
Karri Forsblom (F) 24 1998 Viiala, FIN 6'1" 187 L 23/24
Esko Gröhn (F) 24 1998 Rauma, FIN 6'0" 181 L Try-out
Jesse Helander (LW) 19 2003 Alavus, FIN 5'7" 172 L 23/24
Niko Himmanen (F) 22 2000 Heinola, FIN 5'7" 159 L 23/24
Eppu Karuvaara (C) 22 2000 Vantaa, FIN 6'2" 216 R 23/24
#13 Topias Kaski (RW) 21 2002 Kaarina, FIN 6'0" 168 R 23/24
Eetu Kukka (F) 23 2000 Helsinki, FIN 6'2" 198 R Try-out
Erkki Laiho (RW/LW) 25 1998 Laitila, FIN 5'11" 179 R 23/24
#27 Jesse Leppikoski (LW) 24 1998 Loimaa, FIN 6'1" 194 L 23/24
Oskari Siiki (LW/RW) 28 1995 Turku, FIN 6'0" 185 L 23/24
#51 Santeri Virta (LW/C) 21 2001 Espoo, FIN 5'6" 148 L 23/24
#70 Juho Virtanen (C) 27 1995 Merimasku, FIN 5'9" 165 L 23/24
Position: G: 3, D: 9, F: 13
Team Staff
Team staff history
Demographics
Nationality
Team Facts
Nationalities 25 players Experience TUTO Hockey: 995 GP
Liiga: 827 GP
Affiliated Team(s) Sport (Liiga)
TUTO Hockey U16 (U16 SM-sarja)
TUTO Hockey U18 (U18 SM-sarja)
TUTO Hockey U20 (U20 Mestis)
TUTO Hockey U20 II (U20 Aluedivisioona)
Team Captains
Team captaincy history
Arena Information
Arena Name Rajupaja Areena Location Turku, FIN Capacity 2 875 Construction Year 2006
Games
Date Home Visiting Score League
2023-04-03T18:30:00+0300 TUTO Hockey Kiekko-Espoo 3 - 4 (OT) Mestis
2023-03-31T18:30:00+0300 Kiekko-Espoo TUTO Hockey 1 - 4 Mestis
2023-03-30T18:30:00+0300 TUTO Hockey Kiekko-Espoo 1 - 6 Mestis
2023-03-28T18:30:00+0300 Kiekko-Espoo TUTO Hockey 4 - 3 (OT) Mestis
2023-03-27T18:30:00+0300 TUTO Hockey Kiekko-Espoo 4 - 6 Mestis
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Latest Transactions
DATE STATUS PLAYER TEAM SOURCE
06/04/2023
06/04/2023 Confirmed Leaving Matias Mutikainen (F) Leaving for Vallentuna Hockey
06/01/2023
06/01/2023 Confirmed Leaving Leevi Lemberg (F) Leaving for Jokerit
05/27/2023
05/27/2023 Extension Emil Vuorio (G)
05/27/2023 Extension Topias Kaski (F)
05/27/2023 Confirmed Joining Niko Himmanen (F) Joining from JHT
05/27/2023 Confirmed Joining Jesse Helander (F) Joining from JYP U20
05/27/2023 Confirmed Joining Eppu Karuvaara (F) Joining from Hermes
05/27/2023 Extension Jesse Leppikoski (F)
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Team History and Standings
Season League GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA TP P/GP Rank Postseason
TuTo Hockey
1995-1996 SM-liiga 50 12 6 32 - - 140 204 30 0.60 12 Relegated
1996-1997 I-divisioona 44 19 3 22 - - 182 156 41 0.93 8 Did not make playoffs
1997-1998 I-divisioona 44 18 8 18 - - 151 156 44 1.00 5 Qualification loss
1998-1999 I-divisioona 48 17 5 26 - - 158 182 39 0.81 6 Qualification loss
1999-2000 I-divisioona 48 26 3 19 - - 152 151 55 1.15 4 Qualification loss
2000-2001 Mestis 44 27 8 9 - - 201 126 62 1.41 1 Final loss
2001-2002 Mestis 44 21 5 18 - - 172 137 49 1.11 5 Quarterfinal loss
2002-2003 Mestis 44 18 4 21 - 1 158 160 41 0.93 9 Did not make playoffs
2003-2004 Mestis 45 13 6 23 0 3 121 162 35 0.78 11 Saved in relegation
2004-2005 Mestis 44 16 6 17 1 4 123 131 44 1.00 6 Bronze game win
2005-2006 Mestis 45 24 5 16 - - 157 123 55 1.22 3 Bronze game win
2006-2007 Mestis 45 29 3 9 2 2 171 93 67 1.49 2 Bronze game loss
2007-2008 Mestis 45 33 - 7 1 4 214 93 105 2.33 1 Champion
2008-2009 Mestis 45 23 - 16 3 3 156 110 78 1.73 5 Bronze game loss
2009-2010 Mestis 45 21 - 16 3 5 153 145 74 1.64 6 Quarterfinal loss
2010-2011 Mestis 49 13 - 31 0 0 137 185 44 0.90 12 Saved in relegation
TUTO Hockey
2011-2012 Mestis 46 16 - 20 6 4 132 150 64 1.39 6 Quarterfinal loss
2012-2013 Mestis 48 24 - 13 6 5 161 128 89 1.85 2 Bronze game win
2013-2014 Mestis 56 28 - 12 12 4 181 129 112 2.00 1 Bronze game win
2014-2015 Mestis 56 28 - 20 7 1 177 143 99 1.77 3 Bronze game loss
2015-2016 Mestis 50 17 - 18 9 6 148 149 75 1.50 7 Quarterfinal loss
2016-2017 Mestis 50 28 - 17 3 2 167 114 92 1.84 2 Bronze game loss
2017-2018 Mestis 50 21 - 17 4 8 166 129 79 1.58 5 Final loss
2018-2019 Mestis 50 20 - 18 8 4 151 130 80 1.60 5 Bronze game win
2019-2020 Mestis 50 25 - 25 5 7 167 160 77 1.54 7 Playoffs Cancelled
2020-2021 Mestis 30 11 - 13 3 3 98 104 42 1.40 8 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2021-2022 Mestis 52 18 - 24 5 5 145 145 69 1.33 11 Relegation Play
Mestis 10 9 - 1 0 0 47 20 27 2.70 1 Saved in relegation
2022-2023 Mestis 52 17 - 24 7 4 164 174 69 1.33 10 Quarterfinal loss
2023-2024 Mestis - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Tournament Statistics
Season Tournament GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA TP P/GP Rank Postseason
TuTo
1971-1972 Toronto Cup 4 1 0 3 - - 17 26 2 0.50 6 -
TUTO Hockey
2017-2018 Suomen Cup 5 5 - 0 - - 21 5 - - Champion
2018-2019 Suomen Cup 2 1 - 0 0 1 13 5 - - - Relegated
2019-2020 Suomen Cup 2 0 - 0 1 1 6 6 3 1.50 - Relegated
2021-2022 Suomen Cup 2 1 - 1 0 0 10 7 3 1.50 2 Qualification loss
2022-2023 Suomen Cup - - - - - - - - - - - -
Where are they now?
# Player Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
1. Ilari Vähäuski (F) 2022-2023 Parru HT III-divisioona 20 32 41 73 12
2. Oula Uski (F) 2022-2023 Füchse Duisburg Germany3 53 28 41 69 44
3. Eetu-Ville Arkiomaa (F) 2022-2023 Höchstadter EC Germany3 46 21 43 64 42
4. Henri Ruotsalainen (F) 2022-2023 Heerenveen Flyers BeNeLiga 28 23 33 56 2
5. Eetu Elo (F) 2022-2023 Budapest Jégkorong Akadémia HC Erste Liga 33 31 21 52 37
6. Otto Nieminen (F) 2022-2023 Odense Bulldogs Denmark 48 25 21 46 10
7. Tomi Wilenius (F) 2022-2023 EK Zell am See AlpsHL 36 20 26 46 12
8. Okko Kangasniemi (F) 2022-2023 KOOVEE Mestis 52 13 32 45 59
9. Oskari Siiki (F) 2022-2023 Hokki Mestis 44 26 18 44 34
10. Miku Ronkainen (F) 2022-2023 FPS Mestis 50 15 28 43 20
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Franchise All-Time Points
# Player GP G A TP
1. Tero Forsell (F) 447 149 346 495
2. Aki Keinänen (F) 530 221 216 437
3. Tuukka Pulliainen (F) 428 107 274 381
4. Markku Vuorisalo (F) 449 168 163 331
5. Jari Hirsimäki (F) 225 140 149 289
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Franchise All-Time Goals
# Player GP G A TP
1. Aki Keinänen (F) 530 221 216 437
2. Markku Vuorisalo (F) 449 168 163 331
3. Tero Forsell (F) 447 149 346 495
4. Jari Hirsimäki (F) 225 140 149 289
5. Pekka Virta (F) 252 137 96 233
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Franchise All-Time Assists
# Player GP G A TP
1. Tero Forsell (F) 447 149 346 495
2. Tuukka Pulliainen (F) 428 107 274 381
3. Aki Keinänen (F) 530 221 216 437
4. Jouni Tuominen (F) 326 86 188 274
5. Markku Vuorisalo (F) 449 168 163 331
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Franchise All-Time PIM
# Player GP G TP PIM
1. Aki Keinänen (F) 530 221 437 672
2. Mikke Levo (D) 240 35 129 470
3. Markku Vuorisalo (F) 449 168 331 423
4. Santeri Kilkki (D) 167 14 35 406
5. Atte Saunamäki (F) 384 89 188 394
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Franchise All-Time Games played
# Player GP G A TP
1. Aki Keinänen (F) 530 221 216 437
2. Markku Vuorisalo (F) 449 168 163 331
3. Tero Forsell (F) 447 149 346 495
4. Tuukka Pulliainen (F) 428 107 274 381
5. Atte Saunamäki (F) 384 89 99 188
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Franchise All-Time Points per Game
# Player GP G TP PPG
1. Tommi Leinonen (D) 1 0 3 3.00
2. Joel Janatuinen (F) 3 5 6 2.00
3. Ville Vahalahti (F) 21 15 33 1.57
4. Julius Vähätalo (F) 2 2 3 1.50
5. Tero Toivola (F) 43 12 64 1.49
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Franchise All-Time Points per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Jari Hirsimäki (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 43 60 44 104 2.42 33
2. Pekka Virta (F) 1993-1994 I-divisioona 46 44 47 91 1.98 44
3. Tero Forsell (F) 2006-2007 Mestis 45 24 47 71 1.58 30
4. Jukka Piirinen (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 43 29 41 70 1.63 78
5. Harri Niukkanen (F) 1986-1987 I-divisioona 44 34 31 65 1.48 26
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Franchise All-Time Goals per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Jari Hirsimäki (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 43 60 44 104 2.42 33
2. Pekka Virta (F) 1993-1994 I-divisioona 46 44 47 91 1.98 44
3. Jouko Myrrä (F) 1992-1993 I-divisioona 44 39 15 54 1.23 4
4. Pekka Virta (F) 1990-1991 I-divisioona 44 38 12 50 1.14 32
5. Juha Virtanen (F) 1985-1986 I-divisioona 44 37 16 53 1.20 34
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Franchise All-Time Assists per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Tero Toivola (F) 1992-1993 I-divisioona 43 12 52 64 1.49 84
2. Tero Forsell (F) 2007-2008 Mestis 43 15 50 65 1.51 14
3. Pekka Virta (F) 1993-1994 I-divisioona 46 44 47 91 1.98 44
4. Tero Forsell (F) 2006-2007 Mestis 45 24 47 71 1.58 30
5. Jari Hirsimäki (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 43 60 44 104 2.42 33
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Franchise All-Time PIM per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Matt Nickerson (D) 2018-2019 Mestis 35 1 6 7 0.20 150
2. Mikke Levo (D) 2018-2019 Mestis 39 7 15 22 0.56 136
3. Derek Famulare (F) 2012-2013 Mestis 45 19 18 37 0.82 121
4. Santeri Kilkki (D) 2000-2001 Mestis 42 6 7 13 0.31 115
5. Brad Turner (D) 1994-1995 SM-liiga 43 3 9 12 0.28 114
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Average Height, Weight, Age per Season
Season Roster Height Weight Age
2022-2023 5'11" 179 lbs 22.95
2021-2022 6'0" 184 lbs 24.10
2020-2021 6'0" 185 lbs 23.39
2019-2020 6'0" 192 lbs 23.68
2018-2019 6'0" 191 lbs 23.14
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Elite Prospects Notes and Trivia
History

The club was founded in 1929 as Turun Toverit. In 1946 the club formed an ice hockey team, which started to play competitively in 1950. In 1988 the team adopted the name TuTo Hockey, while the team is commonly known simply as TuTo. The team name echoes its origins as a team founded by left-leaning moderate social democrats.

From 1965 to 1975 the team played in SM-sarja and enjoyed moderate success in the late 1960s. in 1975 the team placed last in SM-sarja and was thus relegated to newly formed I-divisioona. However, the team never participated in I-divisioona and sold its players to its local rival TPS. The team continued playing in lower divisions.

In 1983 TuTo was promoted to I-divisioona. After playing for over ten seasons in I-divisioona, TuTo, coached by Juhani Tamminen, was promoted to SM-liiga in 1994. Team's tenure in SM-liiga was, however, rather short-lived as the team was relegated back to I-divisioona only after two seasons in SM-liiga.

In 2000 I-divisioona was renamed to Mestis due to the closure of SM-liiga, which prevented promotion and relegation between the two leagues. During the decade, TuTo both endured relegation in 2004 and was crowned the league champion in 2008.

After peaking in 2008, the core of the team dispersed to other teams as the top players were signed by SM-liiga teams. Furthermore, during the triumphant 2007-08 season, the team board had a disagreement regarding the development and ownership of the team, which led to the resignation of two board members, including the team chairman. Subsequently, one of the key actors behind the team's success, coach Ismo Lehkonen announced that he would not continue as the team coach in 2008-09. Lehkonen returned to coach the team in 2013-14.

TuTo has traditionally been a rival team to TPS. However, due to the teams playing on different levels, TuTo has loaned some of its rival's players at times. In 2009 the teams entered into an affiliation agreement, which displeased some of the fans.

In 2011, after a troublesome season, the team ownership changed, capital was infused and a new chairman was elected. The team ownership change once more in 2014.

Behind the name

The original name of the team was Turun Toverit, shortened to TuTo. The word 'Toverit', comrades in English, echoes working class roots.

Team colours and jerseys

The team colours of TuTo are white, blue and red. The team has traditionally worn jerseys with a TUTO wordmark instead of a team logo in front of the jersey, but this changed in 2011 when the team adopted its current logo. Since season 1999-00 the team has worn jerseys that are very similar to the New York Rangers jerseys in design and colors. For a long time TUTO played its home games in white jerseys, unlike the other teams in Mestis, but this changed when TUTO started to use the team logo on the jerseys.