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

2015-2016 Roster
# N Player A Born Birthplace HT WT S
GOALTENDERS
#27 Jussi Markkanen (G) 47 1975 Imatra, FIN 6'0" 185 L
#39 Jani Nieminen (G) 35 1987 Helsinki, FIN 5'10" 190 L
#35 Misa Pietilä (G) 28 1994 Helsinki, FIN 6'1" 190 L
DEFENSEMEN
#49 Simon Backman (D)   “A” 38 1984 Pietarsaari, FIN 5'9" 181 L
#22 Brett Carson (D) 37 1985 Regina, SK, CAN 6'4" 227 R
#2 Miika Huhtanen (D) 29 1993 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'10" 190 L
#56 Lasse Lappalainen (D) 33 1989 Kuopio, FIN 6'2" 198 L
#5 Johan Larsson (D) 36 1986 Lindesberg, SWE 6'1" 198 R
#6 Sam Lofquist (D) 32 1990 Somerset, WI, USA 6'2" 216 R
#18 Kalle Maalahti (D) 31 1991 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'10" 198 L
#77 William Mäkinen (D) 27 1995 Jämsänkoski, FIN 6'0" 174 L
#50 Simo-Pekka Riikola (D) 31 1992 Joensuu, FIN 6'1" 198 R
#88 Per Savilahti Nagander (D) 37 1985 Luleå, SWE 6'5" 227 R
FORWARDS
#47 Kevin Henderson (LW/C) 36 1986 Toronto, ON, CAN 6'3" 209 L
#10 Ville Hämäläinen (C)   “A” 41 1981 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'11" 176 L
#42 Tommi Jokinen (LW/RW) 34 1988 Siilinjärvi, FIN 6'0" 192 L
#19 Ville Järveläinen (RW) 29 1993 Hämeenlinna, FIN 5'5" 159 R
#71 Matti Järvinen (C) 33 1989 London, GBR 6'5" 214 L
#72 Elmeri Kaksonen (LW/RW) 35 1987 Savonlinna, FIN 6'0" 181 L
#51 Janne Kettunen (C/LW) 28 1994 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'9" 198 L
#8 Ville Koho (C)   “C” 40 1982 Imatra, FIN 5'10" 187 L
#78 Mikael Kuronen (RW/C) 30 1992 Tampere, FIN 6'0" 170 R
#11 Tomi Leivo (LW) 33 1989 Lappeenranta, FIN 5'11" 187 L
#7 David McIntyre (C/W)   “A” 36 1987 Oakville, ON, CAN 6'0" 194 L
#29 Petteri Nokelainen (C) 37 1986 Imatra, FIN 6'1" 190 R
#33 Vojtech Polak (W/C) 37 1985 Ostrov nad Ohri, CZE 5'10" 192 L
#17 Chad Rau (C/LW) 36 1987 IL, USA 5'11" 176 R
#12 Kim Strömberg (C/W) 35 1987 Helsinki, FIN 6'2" 185 L
#80 Ville Vainikainen (LW/RW) 29 1994 Kuopio, FIN 5'11" 205 L
#38 Sami Venäläinen (RW) 41 1981 Kangasala, FIN 5'11" 196 R
#21 Valtteri Virkkunen (C/LW) 31 1991 Espoo, FIN 5'9" 176 L
#81 Adam Zboril (C/LW) 27 1995 Brno, CZE 5'7" 190 L
Position: G: 3, D: 9, F: 18 | Av Age: 27.43 years | Av Ht: 6'0" | Av Wt: 192 lbs | Compare with other teams
Team Staff
Team staff history
Demographics
Nationality
Team Facts
Nationalities 23 players
3 players
2 players
2 players
2 players
Experience SaiPa: 6 503 GP
NHL: 488 GP
WC: 17 GP
SHL: 432 GP
HockeyAllsvenskan: 719 GP
Liiga: 10 468 GP
KHL: 404 GP
Czechia: 589 GP
AHL: 1 549 GP
DEL: 220 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
2023-02-08T16:30:00+0000 JYP SaiPa - Liiga
2023-02-04T15:00:00+0000 SaiPa Pelicans 0 - 3 Liiga
2023-02-03T16:30:00+0000 Pelicans SaiPa 7 - 2 Liiga
2023-02-01T16:30:00+0000 Sport SaiPa 5 - 2 Liiga
2023-01-28T15:00:00+0000 KooKoo SaiPa 2 - 1 (SO) Liiga
2023-01-26T16:30:00+0000 SaiPa Kärpät 2 - 8 Liiga
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Latest Transactions
DATE STATUS PLAYER TEAM SOURCE
01/30/2023
01/30/2023 Confirmed Leaving Aaron Irving (D) Leaving for HC Davos
01/30/2023 Confirmed Leaving Veikko Loimaranta (F) Leaving for HPK
01/20/2023
01/20/2023 Loan Leaving Jarno Koskiranta (F) Leaving for Ilves
01/20/2023 Loan Joining Emil Järventie (F) Joining from Ilves
01/16/2023
01/16/2023 Confirmed Leaving Olavi Vauhkonen (F) Leaving for HC Sparta Praha
01/09/2023
01/09/2023 Loan Leaving Jere Huhtamaa (G) Leaving for JoKP
01/02/2023
01/02/2023 Confirmed Leaving Kristian Pospisil (F) Leaving for HC Kometa Brno
12/31/2022
12/31/2022 Confirmed Leaving Nicolas Werbik (F) Leaving for IPK
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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 47 6 - 27 7 7 92 166 39 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. Roberts Jekimovs (F) 2022-2023 HK Kurbads Estonia 18 23 30 53 14
2. Juha Koivisto (F) 2022-2023 HC Ludwig III-divisioona 17 19 33 52 2
3. David Goodwin (F) 2022-2023 Belfast Giants EIHL 37 12 36 48 8
4. Christoffer Sedoff (D) 2022-2023 Red Deer Rebels WHL 46 4 40 44 12
5. Peter Quenneville (F) 2022-2023 Storhamar Norway 37 15 28 43 4
6. David Bernhardt (D) 2022-2023 MoDo Hockey HockeyAllsvenskan 40 15 27 42 16
7. Jaakko Rissanen (F) 2022-2023 KalPa Liiga 45 12 30 42 26
8. Petr Pohl (F) 2022-2023 ECDC Memmingen Germany3 30 16 24 40 8
9. Tyler Morley (F) 2022-2023 Grizzlys Wolfsburg DEL 40 13 27 40 21
10. Ville Järveläinen (F) 2022-2023 Bayreuth Tigers DEL2 40 16 23 39 8
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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" 191 lbs 23.33
2021-2022 6'0" 185 lbs 23.62
2020-2021 6'1" 191 lbs 23.85
2019-2020 6'0" 189 lbs 25.25
2018-2019 6'0" 190 lbs 24.55
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