Team Facts
Plays in Liiga Full name Saimaan Pallo Team colours Yellow + Black + White Town Lappeenranta, FIN Founded 1948

2022-2023 Roster
# N Player A Born Birthplace HT WT S Ctrct
GOALTENDERS
#31 Jere Huhtamaa (G) 22 2000 Helsinki, FIN 6'2" 192 L 22/23+1
#35 Kalle Varis (G) 18 2004 Imatra, FIN 6'0" 183 L 22/23+2
#53 Niclas Westerholm (G) 25 1997 Helsinki, FIN 6'4" 198 L 22/23
DEFENSEMEN
#2 Seamus Donohue (D) 26 1996 North Oaks, MN, USA 6'0" 192 L 22/23+1
#77 Henri Hietala (D) 21 2001 Hamina, FIN 6'6" 201 L 23/24
#24 Aaron Irving (D) 26 1996 Edmonton, AB, CAN 6'1" 205 R 22/23
#42 Mikael Koskimies (D) 22 2000 Lappeenranta, FIN 6'3" 192 L
#21 Elmeri Laakso (D) 18 2004 Joensuu, FIN 6'1" 185 L 23/24+1
#18 Kalle Maalahti (D) 31 1991 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'10" 198 L 25/26
#5 Greg Moro (D) 26 1995 Edmonton, AB, CAN 6'4" 205 R 22/23+1
#6 Joel Olkkonen (D) 29 1993 Hyvinkää, FIN 6'3" 216 R 22/23
#50 Hugo Rikkilä (D) 21 2001 Espoo, FIN 6'0" 181 L 23/24
#34 Nuutti Viitasalo (D) 23 1999 Raisio, FIN 6'1" 192 R 23/24+1
FORWARDS
#14 Jaedon Descheneau (RW) 27 1995 Leduc, AB, CAN 5'9" 187 R 22/23
#19 Kevin Fitzgerald (C) 26 1996 Oak Brook, IL, USA 6'0" 181 L 22/23+1
#57 Otto Hokkanen (C/W) 18 2004 Lappeenranta, FIN 6'2" 187 L 23/24
#11 Roni Karvinen (F) 19 2002 Vantaa, FIN 6'0" 198 L 23/24
#51 Jesse Koskenkorva (C/LW) 23 1999 Oulu, FIN 6'0" 179 L
#40 Jarno Koskiranta (C) 35 1986 Paimio, FIN 6'3" 198 L 22/23
#90 Valtteri Lipiäinen (RW) 25 1997 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'10" 170 R 22/23+1
#29 Veikko Loimaranta (C) 21 2000 Vantaa, FIN 6'0" 183 L 23/24
#28 Ville Meskanen (RW) 26 1995 Tampere, FIN 6'1" 181 R 22/23
#25 Tino Metsävainio (LW/C) 25 1996 Haukipudas, FIN 5'8" 148 L 23/24
#17 Antoine Morand (C) 23 1999 Chateauguay, QC, CAN 5'11" 190 L 22/23+1
#70 Janne Naukkarinen (C/W) 18 2004 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'9" 148 L Junior
#39 Valtteri Ojantakanen (LW) 22 2000 Helsinki, FIN 6'0" 176 R 23/24
#45 Gustav Olhaver (C/LW) 25 1997 Ängelholm, SWE 6'7" 236 L 22/23+1
#44 Kristian Pospisil (LW) 26 1996 Zvolen, SVK 6'2" 194 L 22/23
#26 Rasmus Ruusunen (LW) 19 2003 Helsinki, FIN 5'11" 185 L Junior
#82 Aleksi Sinkkonen (F) 20 2002 Imatra, FIN 6'1" 194 L 22/23
#80 Ville Vainikainen (LW/RW) 28 1994 Kuopio, FIN 5'11" 205 L 23/24
#13 Nicolas Werbik (C) 24 1997 Zlin, CZE 6'3" 194 R 22/23+1
Position: G: 3, D: 10, F: 19 | Av Age: 23.69 years | Av Ht: 6'1" | Av Wt: 190 lbs | Compare with other teams
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Team Facts
Nationalities 23 players
4 players
2 players
1 player
1 player
1 player
Experience SaiPa: 1 762 GP
WC: 32 GP
OG: 12 GP
SHL: 166 GP
HockeyAllsvenskan: 241 GP
Liiga: 2 596 GP
KHL: 356 GP
Czechia: 218 GP
AHL: 303 GP
DEL: 52 GP
Affiliated Team(s) Ketterä (Mestis)
SaiPa U16 (U16 SM-sarja)
SaiPa U18 (U18 SM-sarja)
SaiPa U20 (U20 SM-sarja)
SaiPa/Ketterä U17 (U17 II-divisioona)
Team Captains
Team captaincy history
Arena Information
Arena Name Lappeenrannan jäähalli Location Lappeenranta, FIN Capacity 4 820 Construction Year 1972
Games
Date Home Visiting Score League
2022-09-30T15:30:00+0000 SaiPa TPS - Liiga
2022-09-24T14:00:00+0000 JYP SaiPa 2 - 0 Liiga
2022-09-23T15:30:00+0000 SaiPa HIFK 2 - 1 Liiga
2022-09-21T15:30:00+0000 Pelicans SaiPa 2 - 1 (SO) Liiga
2022-09-17T14:00:00+0000 SaiPa KooKoo 1 - 4 Liiga
2022-09-16T15:30:00+0000 KooKoo SaiPa 3 - 2 (SO) Liiga
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Latest Transactions
DATE STATUS PLAYER TEAM SOURCE
09/22/2022
09/22/2022 Loan Joining Jesse Koskenkorva (F) Joining from Kärpät
09/22/2022 Confirmed Leaving Mikael Koskimies (D) Leaving for Retired
09/09/2022
09/09/2022 Confirmed Joining Antoine Morand (F) Joining from Augsburger Panther
09/08/2022
09/08/2022 Confirmed Leaving Aapo Sarell (D) Leaving for Kamloops Blazers
09/07/2022
09/07/2022 Loan Leaving Joona Huttula (D) Leaving for Ketterä
08/22/2022
08/22/2022 Confirmed Leaving Sergei Monakhov (F) Leaving for Amur Khabarovsk
08/09/2022
08/09/2022 Loan Leaving Niko Kautiainen (F) Leaving for Ketterä
08/05/2022
08/05/2022 Confirmed Leaving Cody Porter (G) Leaving for RoKi
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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 - - - - - 199 160 56 1.22 3 -
1994-1995 I-divisioona 46 34 0 12 - - 241 137 68 1.48 1 Qualification loss
1995-1996 I-divisioona 44 28 4 12 - - 188 124 60 1.36 2 Promoted
1996-1997 SM-liiga 50 13 8 29 - - 118 181 34 0.68 11 Did not make playoffs
1997-1998 SM-liiga 48 21 7 20 - - 135 142 49 1.02 6 Quarterfinal loss
1998-1999 SM-liiga 54 25 4 24 - - 141 153 54 1.00 6 Bronze game loss
1999-2000 SM-liiga 54 16 13 25 - - 154 185 45 0.83 9 Did not make playoffs
2000-2001 SM-liiga 56 24 3 29 - - 152 154 51 0.91 10 Did not make playoffs
2001-2002 SM-liiga 56 13 4 39 - - 124 202 31 0.55 13 Did not make playoffs
2002-2003 SM-liiga 56 19 6 31 - - 134 172 48 0.86 11 Did not make playoffs
2003-2004 SM-liiga 56 11 12 33 - - 127 194 36 0.64 12 Did not make playoffs
2004-2005 SM-liiga 56 11 - 33 7 5 145 195 52 0.93 12 Did not make playoffs
2005-2006 SM-liiga 56 23 - 21 6 6 149 130 87 1.55 7 Quarterfinal loss
2006-2007 SM-liiga 56 20 - 28 4 4 150 181 72 1.29 11 Did not make playoffs
2007-2008 SM-liiga 56 15 - 29 5 7 115 155 62 1.11 11 Did not make playoffs
2008-2009 SM-liiga 58 17 - 34 4 3 136 174 62 1.07 14 Saved in play-out
2009-2010 SM-liiga 58 20 - 27 6 5 154 176 77 1.33 11 Did not make playoffs
2010-2011 SM-liiga 60 16 - 31 4 9 137 186 65 1.08 12 Did not make playoffs
2011-2012 SM-liiga 60 18 - 24 5 13 155 176 77 1.28 11 Did not make playoffs
2012-2013 SM-liiga 60 23 - 24 7 6 162 173 89 1.48 9 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2013-2014 Liiga 60 26 - 21 9 4 160 134 100 1.67 4 Bronze game loss
2014-2015 Liiga 60 23 - 21 9 7 151 146 94 1.57 8 Quarterfinal loss
2015-2016 Liiga 60 27 - 20 5 8 178 146 99 1.65 5 Quarterfinal loss
2016-2017 Liiga 60 14 - 33 5 8 116 181 60 1.00 15 Did not make playoffs
2017-2018 Liiga 60 21 - 20 11 8 153 163 93 1.55 7 Quarterfinal loss
2018-2019 Liiga 60 21 - 24 10 5 156 162 88 1.47 9 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2019-2020 Liiga 59 22 - 37 4 4 123 185 66 1.12 12 Did not make playoffs
2020-2021 Liiga 53 13 - 31 3 6 95 147 51 0.96 13 Did not make playoffs
2021-2022 Liiga 60 15 - 35 3 7 128 193 58 0.97 14 Did not make playoffs
2022-2023 Liiga 6 1 - 5 0 2 7 15 5 0.83 15 -
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Tournament Statistics
Season Tournament GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA TP P/GP Rank Postseason
1957-1958 Suomen Cup - - - - - - - - - - -
1964-1965 Suomen Cup - - - - - - - - - - -
1969-1970 Suomen Cup 1 0 - 1 - - 3 4 - - - First round loss
1970-1971 Suomen Cup - - - - - - - - - - -
2014-2015 Champions HL 6 4 - 1 1 0 18 11 14 2.33 1 Quarterfinal loss
2016-2017 Champions HL 4 3 - 0 1 0 17 9 11 2.75 1 Eighth Final Loss
Where are they now?
# Player Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
1. Roope Turunen (F) 2022-2023 SaiPa U20 U20 SM-sarja 8 3 10 13 8
2. Tomas Zaborsky (F) 2022-2023 HK Poprad Slovakia 4 5 2 7 0
3. Yegor Chizhikov (F) 2022-2023 Ketterä Suomen Cup 6 2 5 7 0
4. Patrick Bjorkstrand (F) 2022-2023 Aalborg Pirates Denmark 6 4 2 6 0
5. Tyler Morley (F) 2022-2023 Grizzlys Wolfsburg Champions HL 4 2 4 6 4
6. Janne Hämäläinen (F) 2022-2023 Kiekko-Espoo Suomen Cup 6 2 4 6 6
7. Janne Kettunen (F) 2022-2023 Ketterä Suomen Cup 5 3 2 5 6
8. Jaakko Rissanen (F) 2022-2023 KalPa Liiga 6 2 3 5 4
9. Matti Järvinen (F) 2022-2023 HPK Liiga 7 2 3 5 0
10. Zdenek Sedlak (F) 2022-2023 SHC Klatovy Czechia3 2 1 4 5 2
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Franchise All-Time Points
# Player GP G A TP
1. Heikki Mälkiä (F) 475 201 242 443
2. Martti Sinkkonen (F) 328 191 159 350
3. Ari Santanen (F) 447 147 189 336
4. Matti Nevalainen (F) 379 112 184 296
5. Pekka Nieminen (F) 280 152 112 264
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Franchise All-Time Goals
# Player GP G A TP
1. Heikki Mälkiä (F) 475 201 242 443
2. Martti Sinkkonen (F) 328 191 159 350
3. Esko Heikkeri (F) 296 155 77 232
4. Pekka Nieminen (F) 280 152 112 264
5. Ari Santanen (F) 447 147 189 336
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Franchise All-Time Assists
# Player GP G A TP
1. Heikki Mälkiä (F) 475 201 242 443
2. Ari Santanen (F) 447 147 189 336
3. Matti Nevalainen (F) 379 112 184 296
4. Martti Sinkkonen (F) 328 191 159 350
5. Ville Koho (F) 853 102 158 260
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Franchise All-Time PIM
# Player GP G TP PIM
1. Pauli Levokari (D) 256 17 50 606
2. Vesa Ruotsalainen (D) 429 53 133 567
3. Riku Kallioniemi (D) 422 23 101 535
4. Ari Suutari (D) 349 34 137 480
5. Petri Peronmaa (D) 391 69 160 468
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Franchise All-Time Games played
# Player GP G A TP
1. Ville Koho (F) 853 102 158 260
2. Heikki Mälkiä (F) 475 201 242 443
3. Mika Skyttä (F) 464 63 69 132
4. Ari Santanen (F) 447 147 189 336
5. Simon Backman (D) 444 24 63 87
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Franchise All-Time Points per Game
# Player GP G TP PPG
1. Jussi Piuhola (F) 59 63 90 1.53
2. Roman Bozek (F) 31 28 44 1.42
3. Otakar Janecky (F) 44 21 60 1.36
4. Ralph Cox (F) 99 70 126 1.27
5. Harri Asikainen 102 65 125 1.23
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Franchise All-Time Points per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Ari Santanen (F) 1994-1995 I-divisioona 46 29 44 73 1.59 55
2. Reijo Mansikka (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 44 31 35 66 1.50 46
3. Tero Hämäläinen (F) 1994-1995 I-divisioona 46 37 26 63 1.37 28
4. Tommi Takanen (F) 1986-1987 I-divisioona 44 29 33 62 1.41 18
5. Jyrki Silius (F) 1994-1995 I-divisioona 45 23 37 60 1.33 18
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Franchise All-Time Goals per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Tero Hämäläinen (F) 1994-1995 I-divisioona 46 37 26 63 1.37 28
2. Esko Heikkeri (F) 1979-1980 I-divisioona 36 37 14 51 1.42 32
3. Tero Hämäläinen (F) 1993-1994 I-divisioona 46 34 17 51 1.11 36
4. Reijo Mansikka (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 44 31 35 66 1.50 46
5. Jussi Piuhola (F) 1971-1972 Suomen sarja 13 31 8 39 3.00 0
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Franchise All-Time Assists per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Ari Santanen (F) 1994-1995 I-divisioona 46 29 44 73 1.59 55
2. David McIntyre (F) 2015-2016 Liiga 58 16 40 56 0.97 67
3. Otakar Janecky (F) 1990-1991 SM-liiga 44 21 39 60 1.36 32
4. Jyrki Silius (F) 1994-1995 I-divisioona 45 23 37 60 1.33 18
5. Reijo Mansikka (F) 1987-1988 I-divisioona 44 31 35 66 1.50 46
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Franchise All-Time PIM per Season
# Player Season League GP G A TP PPG PIM
1. Kristian Kudroc (D) 2005-2006 SM-liiga 48 10 12 22 0.46 227
2. Pasi Nielikäinen (F) 2003-2004 SM-liiga 48 3 6 9 0.19 151
3. Marko Ek (F) 1995-1996 I-divisioona 36 13 11 24 0.67 146
4. Jeff Bes (F) 1996-1997 SM-liiga 40 10 12 22 0.55 146
5. Kai Tervonen (D) 1995-1996 I-divisioona 39 19 25 44 1.13 141
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Average Height, Weight, Age per Season
Season Roster Height Weight Age
2022-2023 6'1" 190 lbs 23.69
2021-2022 6'0" 185 lbs 24.26
2020-2021 6'1" 191 lbs 24.58
2019-2020 6'0" 189 lbs 25.94
2018-2019 6'0" 190 lbs 25.39
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