Team Facts
Plays in Liiga Full name Oulun Kärpät Team colours Black + Yellow + White Town Oulu, FIN Founded 1946

2020-2021 Roster
# N Player A Born Birthplace HT WT S
GOALTENDERS
#30 Justus Annunen (G) Colorado Avalanche 22 2000 Kempele, FIN 6'4" 209 L
#32 Joel Blomqvist (G) Pittsburgh Penguins 20 2002 Uusikaarlepyy, FIN 6'2" 183 L
#35 Leevi Meriläinen (G) Ottawa Senators 20 2002 Oulu, FIN 6'3" 174 L
#42 Patrik Rybár (G) 28 1993 Skalica, SVK 6'3" 190 L
DEFENSEMEN
#71 Ludwig Byström (D) 28 1994 Örnsköldsvik, SWE 6'0" 174 L
#26 Shaun Heshka (D)   “A” 37 1985 Melville, SK, CAN 6'1" 209 R
#4 Joona Huttula (D) 25 1997 Tampere, FIN 6'0" 179 L
#11 Samu Koskenkorva (D) 21 2001 Oulu, FIN 5'9" 170 L
#5 Lasse Kukkonen (D) 41 1981 Oulu, FIN 6'0" 187 L
#3 Kalle Loponen (D) Toronto Maple Leafs 21 2001 Hämeenlinna, FIN 5'11" 187 R
#28 Mikko Niemelä (D)   “A” 31 1990 Oulu, FIN 6'2" 198 R
#7 Topi Niemelä (D) Toronto Maple Leafs 20 2002 Oulu, FIN 5'11" 170 R
#40 Jaakko Niskala (D) 23 1999 Rovaniemi, FIN 6'1" 181 R
#18 Kasper Puutio (D) Florida Panthers 20 2002 Vaasa, FIN 5'11" 181 R
#22 Taneli Ronkainen (D) 27 1995 Kuusamo, FIN 6'0" 174 L
#73 Libor Sulak (D) 28 1994 Pelhrimov, CZE 6'3" 214 L
#43 Miihkali Teppo (D) 29 1992 Helsinki, FIN 6'2" 192 L
FORWARDS
#50 Juhamatti Aaltonen (RW) 37 1985 Ii, FIN 6'0" 196 R
#11 Ville Heikkala (LW) 22 1999 Kiiminki, FIN 5'7" 165 L
#23 Julius Hermonen (LW) 25 1997 Oulu, FIN 5'10" 170 L
#57 Arttu Hyry (RW/C) 21 2001 Oulu, FIN 6'2" 209 R
#36 Jussi Jokinen (W/C)   “A” 39 1983 Kalajoki, FIN 6'0" 192 L
#16 Tommi Järvitalo (C) 22 1999 Oulu, FIN 5'10" 161 L
#21 Otto Karvinen (LW/RW) 32 1990 Vantaa, FIN 6'2" 187 L
#29 Radek Koblizek (RW/LW) 24 1997 Ivancice, CZE 5'9" 161 R
#51 Jesse Koskenkorva (C/LW) 23 1999 Oulu, FIN 6'0" 179 L
#13 Michal Kristof (C/LW) 28 1993 Nitra, SVK 5'9" 163 L
#19 Cody Kunyk (C) 32 1990 Sherwood Park, AB, CAN 5'11" 194 L
#59 Janne Kuokkanen (LW/C) 24 1998 Oulunsalo, FIN 6'1" 194 L
#25 Tino Metsävainio (LW/C) 25 1996 Haukipudas, FIN 5'8" 148 L
#20 Aleksi Mustonen (C/LW) 27 1995 Helsinki, FIN 5'9" 165 L
#9
Jesse Puljujärvi (RW)   “A” Edmonton Oilers 24 1998 Älvkarleby, SWE 6'4" 201 R
#17 Mika Pyörälä (LW/C)   “C” 41 1981 Oulu, FIN 6'0" 179 L
#52 Aatu Räty (C) New York Islanders 19 2002 Oulu, FIN 6'2" 187 L
#38 Aku Räty (RW) Arizona Coyotes 21 2001 Oulu, FIN 6'0" 187 R
#41 Jari Sailio (LW)   “A” 36 1986 Hyvinkää, FIN 5'10" 185 L
#8 Tuukka Tieksola (RW) Carolina Hurricanes 21 2001 Oulu, FIN 5'10" 146 R
#27 Samu Tuomaala (RW) Philadelphia Flyers 19 2003 Oulu, FIN 5'10" 174 R
Position: G: 3, D: 10, F: 18 | Av Age: 26.03 years | Av Ht: 6'0" | Av Wt: 182 lbs | Compare with other teams
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Team Facts
Nationalities 31 players
2 players
2 players
2 players
1 player
Experience Kärpät: 5 961 GP
NHL: 1 541 GP
WC: 304 GP
OG: 63 GP
SHL: 614 GP
HockeyAllsvenskan: 14 GP
Liiga: 7 747 GP
KHL: 632 GP
Czechia: 151 GP
AHL: 1 236 GP
Affiliated Team(s) Hermes (Mestis)
Kärpät U17 Etelä (U17 Ylempi)
Kärpät U18 (U18 SM-sarja)
Kärpät U20 (U20 SM-sarja)
Kärpät U20 Akatemia (U20 Mestis)
Team Captains
Team captaincy history
Arena Information
Arena Name Oulun Energia Areena Location Oulu, FIN Capacity 6 614 Construction Year 1974
Games
Date Home Visiting Score League
2022-09-27T15:30:00+0000 Ilves Kärpät - Liiga
2022-09-24T14:00:00+0000 Kärpät HPK 4 - 1 Liiga
2022-09-21T15:30:00+0000 Sport Kärpät 1 - 4 Liiga
2022-09-17T14:00:00+0000 Kärpät Tappara 3 - 0 Liiga
2022-09-14T15:30:00+0000 Kärpät Pelicans 3 - 2 (OT) Liiga
2022-04-06T18:30:00+0300 Ilves Kärpät 2 - 1 (OT) Liiga
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Latest Transactions
DATE STATUS PLAYER TEAM SOURCE
09/26/2022
09/26/2022 Loan Leaving Taneli Ronkainen (D) Leaving for Pelicans
09/23/2022
09/23/2022 Loan Leaving Ville Heikkala (F) Leaving for Hermes
09/22/2022
09/22/2022 Loan Leaving Jesse Koskenkorva (F) Leaving for SaiPa
09/12/2022
09/12/2022 Confirmed Leaving Miihkali Teppo (D) Leaving for Sparta Sarpsborg
09/05/2022
09/05/2022 Loan Leaving Jaakko Niskala (D) Leaving for HPK
08/30/2022
08/30/2022 Loan Leaving Niklas Kokko (G) Leaving for Hermes
08/24/2022
08/24/2022 Loan Leaving Jaakko Niskala (D) Leaving for Hermes
08/24/2022 Loan Leaving Aleksi Antti-Roiko (F) Leaving for Hermes
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Team History and Standings
Season League GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA TP P/GP Rank Postseason
1993-1994 I-divisioona 46 - - - - - 205 176 50 1.09 5 -
1994-1995 II-divisioona 16 16 0 0 - - 144 40 32 2.00 1 Promoted
1995-1996 I-divisioona 44 21 4 19 - - 180 165 46 1.05 8 Quarterfinal loss
1996-1997 I-divisioona 44 26 4 14 - - 196 154 56 1.27 2 Qualification loss
1997-1998 I-divisioona 44 31 5 8 - - 171 99 67 1.52 1 Qualification loss
1998-1999 I-divisioona 48 41 4 1 - - 265 91 86 1.79 1 Qualification loss
1999-2000 I-divisioona 48 42 3 3 - - 287 91 87 1.81 1 Promoted
2000-2001 SM-liiga 56 23 8 25 - - 165 178 54 0.96 8 Bronze game loss
2001-2002 SM-liiga 56 25 9 22 - - 156 148 60 1.07 6 Quarterfinal loss
2002-2003 SM-liiga 56 32 8 16 - - 187 141 73 1.30 3 Final loss
2003-2004 SM-liiga 56 29 14 13 - - 194 129 78 1.39 2 Champion
2004-2005 SM-liiga 56 35 - 10 5 6 190 122 121 2.16 1 Champion
2005-2006 SM-liiga 56 36 - 10 4 6 180 105 122 2.18 1 Bronze game win
2006-2007 SM-liiga 56 33 - 13 6 4 197 125 115 2.05 1 Champion
2007-2008 SM-liiga 56 32 - 9 10 5 205 129 121 2.16 1 Champion
2008-2009 SM-liiga 58 28 - 22 5 3 185 149 97 1.67 5 Final loss
2009-2010 SM-liiga 58 21 - 26 7 4 150 163 81 1.40 9 Quarterfinal loss
2010-2011 SM-liiga 60 23 - 25 8 4 151 161 89 1.48 8 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2011-2012 SM-liiga 60 29 - 23 4 4 164 148 99 1.65 7 Quarterfinal loss
2012-2013 SM-liiga 60 23 - 22 9 6 172 150 93 1.55 7 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2013-2014 Liiga 60 36 - 9 8 7 190 106 131 2.18 1 Champion
2014-2015 Liiga 60 31 - 16 9 4 167 126 115 1.92 1 Champion
2015-2016 Liiga 60 33 - 13 6 8 178 126 119 1.98 2 Bronze game win
2016-2017 Liiga 60 22 - 23 9 6 147 136 90 1.50 7 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2017-2018 Liiga 60 33 - 11 8 8 195 134 123 2.05 1 Champion
2018-2019 Liiga 60 41 - 11 6 2 207 101 137 2.28 1 Final loss
2019-2020 Liiga 59 43 - 16 7 5 185 114 127 2.15 1 Playoffs Cancelled
2020-2021 Liiga 58 25 - 21 10 2 143 134 97 1.67 7 Quarterfinal loss
2021-2022 Liiga 60 24 - 20 7 9 171 141 95 1.58 6 Quarterfinal loss
2022-2023 Liiga 4 4 - 0 1 0 14 4 11 2.75 2 -
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Tournament Statistics
Season Tournament GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA TP P/GP Rank Postseason
1969-1970 Suomen Cup 1 0 - 1 - - 2 3 - - - First round loss
1970-1971 Suomen Cup - - - - - - - - - - - -
1981-1982 European Cup 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 - - 4 Promoted
European Cup 3 1 0 2 - - 7 21 2 0.67 Final group
2004-2005 ECC 2 2 0 0 - - 10 4 4 2.00 1 Final loss
2005-2006 ECC 2 2 0 0 - - 6 1 6 3.00 1 Final loss
2007-2008 ECC 2 1 - 1 0 0 9 6 3 1.50 2 Did not make playoffs
2008-2009 Champions HL 4 0 - 3 0 1 5 11 1 0.25 3 Did not make playoffs
2010-2011 ET 8 5 - 2 0 1 25 25 16 2.00 3 Quarterfinal loss
2011-2012 ET 8 1 - 2 2 3 21 23 10 1.25 5 Did not make playoffs
2012-2013 ET 8 1 - 4 2 1 18 26 7 0.88 7 Did not make playoffs
2013-2014 ET 8 4 - 4 0 0 19 21 12 1.50 5 Did not make playoffs
2014-2015 Champions HL 6 3 - 1 2 0 17 12 13 2.17 1 Semifinal loss
2015-2016 Champions HL 4 4 - 0 0 0 12 1 12 3.00 1 Final loss
2016-2017 Champions HL 4 3 - 0 1 0 12 5 11 2.75 1 16th final loss
2018-2019 Champions HL 6 4 - 1 1 0 27 14 14 2.33 1 Quarterfinal loss
2019-2020 Champions HL 6 4 - 2 2 1 18 13 11 1.83 3 Did not make playoffs

Stars and Cult Players

Where are they now?
# Player Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
1. Libor Sulak (D) 2022-2023 Admiral Vladivostok KHL 11 4 6 10 16
2. Michal Kristof (F) 2022-2023 Admiral Vladivostok KHL 11 2 6 8 6
3. Nicolas Deschamps (F) 2022-2023 Grenoble Ligue Magnus 4 2 5 7 0
4. Juhamatti Aaltonen (F) 2022-2023 Jukurit Liiga 6 4 2 6 0
5. Teemu Kivihalme (D) 2022-2023 TPS Champions HL 4 3 1 4 2
6. Jere Vertanen (D) 2022-2023 Ketterä Suomen Cup 6 3 1 4 0
7. Aleksi Rekonen (F) 2022-2023 HC Plzeň Czechia 4 2 2 4 0
8. Jasper Lindsten (F) 2022-2023 Eispiraten Crimmitschau DEL2 4 2 2 4 0
9. Elmeri Kaksonen (F) 2022-2023 Ketterä Suomen Cup 6 2 2 4 2
10. Yegor Shekhovtsov (D) 2022-2023 Ketterä Suomen Cup 6 1 3 4 0
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Franchise All-Time Points
# Player GP G A TP
1. Markku Kiimalainen (F) 547 238 218 456
2. Mika Pyörälä (F) 749 216 232 448
3. Jari Viuhkola (F) 580 130 286 416
4. Kari Jalonen (F) 254 148 257 405
5. Pekka Arbelius (F) 372 189 213 402
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Franchise All-Time Goals
# Player GP G A TP
1. Markku Kiimalainen (F) 547 238 218 456
2. Mika Pyörälä (F) 749 216 232 448
3. Kai Suikkanen (F) 372 207 137 344
4. Pekka Arbelius (F) 372 189 213 402
5. Markku Perkkiö (F) 222 170 118 288
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Franchise All-Time Assists
# Player GP G A TP
1. Jari Viuhkola (F) 580 130 286 416
2. Kari Jalonen (F) 254 148 257 405
3. Mika Pyörälä (F) 749 216 232 448
4. Markku Kiimalainen (F) 547 238 218 456
5. Pekka Arbelius (F) 372 189 213 402
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Franchise All-Time PIM
# Player GP G TP PIM
1. Ilkka Mikkola (D) 662 59 247 691
2. Juha Huikari (D) 487 139 310 621
3. Lasse Kukkonen (D) 674 72 210 524
4. Mikko Lehtonen (D) 565 87 231 464
5. Antti Aarnio (F) 302 21 49 453
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Franchise All-Time Games played
# Player GP G A TP
1. Mika Pyörälä (F) 749 216 232 448
2. Lasse Kukkonen (D) 674 72 138 210
3. Ilkka Mikkola (D) 662 59 188 247
4. Jari Viuhkola (F) 580 130 286 416
5. Mikko Lehtonen (D) 565 87 144 231
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Franchise All-Time Points per Game
# Player GP G TP PPG
1. Alexander Skvortsov (F) 22 20 60 2.73
2. Martin Bergeron (F) 86 86 163 1.90
3. Juha Puoskari (F) 14 6 24 1.71
4. Kari Jalonen (F) 254 148 405 1.59
5. Vladimir Kames (F) 132 89 207 1.57
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Franchise All-Time Points per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Kari Jalonen (F) 1986-1987 SM-liiga 44 29 64 93 2.11 30
2. Martin Bergeron (F) 1999-2000 I-divisioona 45 40 46 86 1.91 71
3. Vladimir Kames (F) 1991-1992 I-divisioona 44 36 48 84 1.91 67
4. Juha Riihijärvi (F) 1989-1990 I-divisioona 44 38 45 83 1.89 32
5. Marko Lapinkoski (F) 1989-1990 I-divisioona 44 44 35 79 1.80 6
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Franchise All-Time Goals per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Martin Bergeron (F) 1998-1999 I-divisioona 41 46 31 77 1.88 112
2. Markku Perkkiö (F) 1975-1976 I-divisioona 36 45 27 72 2.00 31
3. Marko Lapinkoski (F) 1989-1990 I-divisioona 44 44 35 79 1.80 6
4. Markku Perkkiö (F) 1976-1977 I-divisioona 36 44 26 70 1.94 34
5. Martin Bergeron (F) 1999-2000 I-divisioona 45 40 46 86 1.91 71
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Franchise All-Time Assists per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Kari Jalonen (F) 1986-1987 SM-liiga 44 29 64 93 2.11 30
2. Jari Laukkanen (F) 1999-2000 I-divisioona 47 19 54 73 1.55 56
3. Juha Jokiharju (F) 1998-1999 I-divisioona 41 11 49 60 1.46 12
4. Vladimir Kames (F) 1991-1992 I-divisioona 44 36 48 84 1.91 67
5. Martin Bergeron (F) 1999-2000 I-divisioona 45 40 46 86 1.91 71
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Franchise All-Time PIM per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Otto Karvinen (F) 2018-2019 Liiga 52 2 8 10 0.19 131
2. Kristian Taubert (D) 1999-2000 I-divisioona 40 15 21 36 0.90 120
3. Jari Sailio (F) 2017-2018 Liiga 50 3 9 12 0.24 115
4. Antti Aarnio (F) 2007-2008 SM-liiga 46 1 6 7 0.15 113
5. Martin Bergeron (F) 1998-1999 I-divisioona 41 46 31 77 1.88 112
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Average Height, Weight, Age per Season
Season Roster Height Weight Age
2022-2023 6'0" 184 lbs 25.82
2021-2022 6'0" 182 lbs 26.03
2020-2021 6'0" 182 lbs 26.03
2019-2020 6'0" 185 lbs 26.91
2018-2019 6'0" 186 lbs 27.54
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