KeuPa HT
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City: Keuruu, Finland
League: Mestis
Founded: 1995
Operated: 1995–present
Home Arena: Keuruu Ice Hall
1200 Capacity
General Manager: Markus Lahtinen
Head Coach: Mikko Heiskanen
Captain: Waltteri Lehtonen
Affiliates: JYP Jyväskylä,
Vaajakosken Pelikaanit
Championships

KeuPa HT are a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Keuruu, Finland. They are members of the second highest league in Finland, Mestis. The club was founded in 1995 in the Finnish fourth division II-Divisioona after the ice hockey club decided to part company with the Keuruu sports club. They play their home games in the Keuruu Ice Hall, which holds 1200 spectators.

History[edit | edit source]

KeuPa HT was born in 1995 after the ice hockey branch of the Keuruu sports club split from the football and ice skating branches. KeuPa kept their traditional name but added "Hockey Team" to the end to differentiate themselves; hence, the abbreviation HT appears at the end of the name.[1]

The club was promoted to the third division, Suomi-sarja, in 2011–2012 and went on to claim the gold medal and win the third-division championship. By winning, they entered the playoffs with LeKi, KooVee and HCK that year for the right to be promoted to the second division, Mestis. KeuPa finished third in the playoffs and remained in Suomi-sarja, while the other two clubs were promoted to Mestis. HCK, who came second in the playoffs, were promoted only because Wafer-Laser went bankrupt and had to pull out of Mestis.[2]

In the 2012–2013 season, the club sought to defend their title but could manage only a third-place finish at the conclusion of the season, winning the bronze medal. RoKi won the championship title and qualified for Mestis. KeuPa HT had to settle for another season in the third division after coming close to promotion again. The head coach quit at the end of the season.[2]

The 2013–2014 season started off badly for the club. They had not been able to find a replacement for their head coach, and the club was in a precarious financial situation, staring at bankruptcy or folding the club up and ceasing operations, which would mean that they would not be able to compete in the Suomi-sarja season. The KeuPa HT players started a fundraising campaign to raise the money needed to keep the club afloat and allow them to compete in the league that year. By season's start, they had managed to raise the needed money, and they began the season on schedule. The club went through a rocky, patchy start to the season but managed to gain momentum at the end of the regular season and just reach the playoff finals. In the playoffs, KeuPa dispatched with RoKi and Bewe Tuuskin to meet FPS (formerly FoPS) of Forssa in the final. KeuPa HT beat FPS in the final and qualified for Mestis for the first time, ending what became a Cinderella season from a very bleak start.[2]

KeuPa HT went through two head coaches in their first season in the second division in 2014–2015, firstly Jussi Tupamäki then Kari Rautakorpi from 23 February 2015.[3] The team finished the regular season in 8th position, just missing out on the relegation positions of 9 and 10. Their record for the season was 13 wins and 30 losses with 8 overtime victories and 5 overtime losses for a total of 60 points from 56 matches.[4][5]

Players[edit | edit source]

Current roster as of 1 March 2015[2][6]

Current roster[edit | edit source]

2014–2015 KeuPa HT Roster
# Nat Name Pos Age Agreement Birthplace
41 Tomi Ahonen W 30 2015 Keuruu, Finland
3 Micah Huhtanen D 21 Loan ( SAIPA 2016 + 1 ) Lappeenranta, Finland
9 Teemu Huttunen W 23 2015 Kiiminki, Finland
18 Panu Hyyppä D 27 2015 Jyväskylä, Finland
15 Kaarlo Jormakka W 26 2015 Jyväskylän maalaiskunta, Finland
35 Antti Karjalainen G 19 Loan ( Lock A ) Sotkamo, Finland
42 Antti Kauppila (A) D 25 2015 Tornio, Finland
4 Sebastian Kauppila D 20 2015 Kemi, Finland
22 Matias Kiiskinen F 26 2015 ( 2016 ) Kuopio, Finland
14 Pasi Kouvalainen W 23 2015 Pyhajarvi, Finland
7 Janne Kumpulainen W 23 2015 ( 2016 ) Jyväskylä, Finland
35 Oscar Käyhkö G 25 2015 Jyväskylä, Finland
25 Taneli Lappalainen W 21 2015 Jyväskylä, Finland
33 Jesse Lindsten W 22 2015 Salo, Finland
21 Taneli Maasalo (C) F 26 2015 ( 2016 ) Keuruu, Finland
12 Tomi Mustonen W 31 2015 Oulu, Finland
10 Svante Myllylahti W 22 2015 Tornio, Finland
63 Janne Myllymäki D 25 2015 Kalajoki, Finland
12 Joni Mäkelä W 21 2015 Keuruu, Finland
77 Juuso Mörsky W 25 2015 ( 2016 ) Lapua, Finland
11 Jani Olli Tervo D 23 2015 Tornio, Finland
55 Samuli Paananen D 22 2015 Jyväskylä, Finland
6 Vili Palola D 22 2015 Keuruu, Finland
16 Jonah Peränen F 24 2015 ( 2016 ) Jyväskylä, Finland
54 Pitkänen, PetriPetri Pitkänen style="text-align:center;"| G 23 2015 Jyväskylä, Finland
19 Emppu Pulliainen W 25 2015 Jyväskylä, Finland
5 Henry Roihu D 21 2015 Järvenpää, Finland
61 Markus Rämä (A) W 28 2015 ( 2016 ) Taipalsaari, Finland
29 Aleksi Saarinen D 18 Loan ( Lock A ) Rauma, Finland
26 Roni Sevänen D 20 Loan ( Lock A ) Eura, Finland
43 Rasmus Smedberg W 18 Loan ( Lock A ) Rauma, Finland
32 Erno Suomalainen G 24 2015 Espoo, Finland
27 Onni Toivanen W 21 Loan ( SAIPA 2016 + 1 ) Lappeenranta, Finland
77 Jussi Viitanen W 22 2015 Tikkakoski, Finland

Honours[edit | edit source]

Champions[edit | edit source]

Well Known Former Players[edit | edit source]

A list of players that have played for KeuPa HT and gone onto play at the top professional level of hockey in Finland or abroad.

Technical staff[edit | edit source]

Current as of 1 March 2015[6]

2014–15 KeuPa HT Staff
Position Name
Head coach Kari Rautakorpi
Assistant Coach Tero Leinonen
Assistant Coach Juha Kantanen

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Keuruun Pallo (Keuruun ball), Retrieved 2015-04-27
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 KeuPa HT, Retrieved 2015-04-27
  3. Ikonen, Petteri (23 February 2015). KeuPa HT vapautti päävalmentaja Jussi Tupamäen tehtävistään. Mestis.fi. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved on 2015-04-27.
  4. Mestis season 2014–2015, Retrieved 2015-04-27
  5. Sarjataulukko. Suomen Jääkiekkoliitto. Retrieved on 2015-04-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 KeuPa HT Team Roster. KeuPa HT official website. Retrieved on 2015-04-27.

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