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Savonlinnan Pallokerho
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City: Savonlinna, Finland
League: Mestis
Founded: 1929
Home Arena: Talvisalon Gigantti-areena (cap.: 2,833)
Colors: Red, black and white
General Manager: Vesa Kutvonen
Head Coach: Pekka Tirkkonen
Captain: Matti Tiihonen
Affiliates: KalPa Kuopio (SM-Liiga)

Savonlinnan Pallokerho (SaPKo) is an ice hockey team from Savonlinna, Finland, playing in the Mestis league. It plays its home matches in Talvisalon jäähalli.

The sports club Savonlinnan Pallokerho was founded in 1929. First it consisted football and bandy sections, but since the 1960s ice hockey has been the main sport.

In 1960s SaPKo played four seasons in the highest tier of Finnish ice hockey SM-sarja but was relegated to Suomi-sarja in 1971. In 1974 the new First Division was formed and SaPKo was one of the teams participating. SaPKo soon established itself as the team of I-divisioona expect few visits to Second Division. In 1968 SaPKo worked its way to the final of Finnish Cup, but lost the final to KooVee 10-2.

Later bigger success came in the 1994-95 when SaPKo had very good regular season with players like Team Canada captain Brian Tutt and was close to promotion to the SM-liiga. It played tight promotion playoffs against Ilves but failed to promote. After the success started a downtrend, which culminated to relegation to Suomi-sarja. At the end of the 2005-06, SaPKo finally gained promotion back to the second tier, Mestis.



  • 1 (1): 2017
  • 3 (1): 2018


  • 1 (1): 2003
  • 2 (1): 2006

Finnish cup[]

  • 2 (3): 1967, 1968, 2017

Retired numbers[]

  • 2 Paavo Tirkkonen
  • 3 Jyrki Turunen
  • 5 Ahti Ruohoaho
  • 10 Raimo Turkulainen

Notable alumni[]

  • Flag of Finland Timo Ahmaoja
  • Flag of Finland Marko Ahosilta
  • Flag of Finland Antti Bruun
  • Flag of Russia Aleksandr Fatkullin
  • Flag of Finland Arto Heiskanen
  • Flag of Finland Raimo Hirvonen
  • Flag of Finland Timo Iljina
  • Flag of Finland Vesa Karjalainen
  • Flag of Finland Toni Koivunen
  • Flag of Finland Tero Koponen
  • Flag of Russia Gennadi Kurdin
  • Flag of Finland Jukka-Pekka Laamanen

See also[]

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